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File Manager Settings – cPanel

Learn How to Modify File Manager Settings – cPanel. Also, learn how to Show Hidden Files (dotfiles, .htaccess, and more) in File Manager cPanel. Use the File Manager interface to manage and edit your files.


Video tutorial – Modify File Manager Settings in cPanel


Step-by-step tutorial – Modify File Manager Settings in cPanel

  1. Login to cPanel.

    Tutorial: login from the Client Area or the direct link.

    Find Files section and click the File Manager link.

    Extilum cPanel - File Manager settings

  2. Settings

    Click the Settings button in the top right of the File Manager Interface, located above the Task Bar.

    Extilum cPanel - File Manager settings

  3. Preferences

    The Preferences window opens up.

    Always open this directory in the future by default:
    By default, the cPanel File manager opens the Home Directory of your account, when opening the cPanel. But, you can override this by choosing it with WebRoot, which is the public_html folder of Public FTP root, or with a Document root of your domain or any subdomain, you create.

    Show Hidden Files
    – check the option Show Hidden Files (dotfiles)
    In the file manager, you may find that some files appear to be missing from the file manager. By default, cPanel does not display files outside of the standard .html or .php files and directories. The reason for this is to prevent these files from potentially being deleted.

    Disable Character Encoding Verification Dialogs
    – When you open a text file, like HTML, PHP, or Plain Text file, cPanel opens a dialog to check the character encoding. You can disable this feature by selecting – Disable Character Encoding Verification Dialogs.

    Confirm the action by clicking the Save button.

    Extilum cPanel - File Manager settings

  4. Changed settings

    Now you will see all hidden files (including .htaccess files) in File Manager.

    Extilum cPanel - File Manager settings

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