Using the File Manager

You can manage your files using the command line (see Chapter 5), but it’s often easier to do it in LXDE. The File Manager (see Figure 4-5) is used to browse, copy, delete, rename, and otherwise manage the files on your Raspberry Pi or connected storage devices.


LXDE File Manager written by Hong Jen Yee

Figure 4-5: The LXDE File Manager on the Raspberry Pi.

You start the File Manager by clicking its button at the bottom left of the screen (indicated on Figure 4-2), or by using the Programs menu, where it is among the System Tools.

In Linux, people usually talk of storing files in directories, but LXDE uses the term folders instead, which is probably familiar to you from other computers you’ve used. A folder is just a way of grouping a collection of files or programs and giving that collection a name. You can put folders inside other folders too.

Navigating the file manager

On the right of the File Manager, you can see the files (and any folders) that are inside the folder you’re currently looking at. Each file has an icon indicating what type of file it is, except for image files, which have a small representation of the picture itself. In Figure 4-5, you can see the different files that make up the Python games that come with your Raspberry Pi, including pictures of game characters and backgrounds, and sound effects that are shown with a musical note ...

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