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Files App 3.1 Released : Improved drag-and-drop, smart archives, a system tray icon, and other features

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In 2023, Microsoft enhanced File Explorer, especially in Windows 11. Yet, open-source alternatives such as the Files app provide a sleeker and more user-friendly experience.

What is a Files App?

The Files app is an open-source file manager designed for a modern and user-friendly experience compared to the default Windows 11 file manager. With its sleek design, intuitive interface, and powerful features, it’s an excellent choice for effective file and folder management.

Files App UI

Key Features:

Files App Customization
How to Set Files App as the Default File Manager

To make the Files app the default file manager on Windows 11, follow these steps:

  1. Open Files.
  2. Click the Settings (gear) button in the top-right corner.
  3. Click on Advanced.
  4. Under the “Experimental features flags,” section, turn on the “Set files as the default file manager,” toggle switch.

Files App as default File Manager

How to Get Files App?

To get the free version of Files rather than the paid-for Microsoft Store app, visit this link.

Click the tiny ‘classic installer’ link on the Download page.

The EXE file may ask if you want to install 7z Setup SFX, but this is just the name of the File self-extracting archive – so don’t worry, you haven’t downloaded the wrong program.


Files app is a brilliant choice if you want a modern, powerful, and user-friendly file manager. It’s free, open-source, regularly updated, and an excellent alternative to File Explorer. If you’re seeking a better way to handle your files and folders on Windows 11, try it.

Files App features Screen Shots
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