When, in this documentation, I'm talking about settings in general, I'm talking about FileManager's settings.

Quick reminder

There's two "type" of settings.

1: The global settings. Here's the hierarchy:

Below, you can see the order in which Sublime Text would process a hypothetical hierarchy of settings for Python files on Windows:

  1. Packages/Default/Preferences.sublime-settings
  2. Packages/Default/Preferences (Windows).sublime-settings
  3. Packages/AnyOtherPackage/Preferences.sublime-settings
  4. Packages/AnyOtherPackage/Preferences (Windows).sublime-settings
  5. Packages/User/Preferences.sublime-settings
  6. Settings from the current project
  7. Packages/Python/Python.sublime-settings
  8. Packages/Python/Python (Windows).sublime-settings
  9. Packages/User/Python.sublime-settings
  10. Session data for the current file
  11. Auto-adjusted settings

– from the unofficial docs (Thanks a lot)

2: The packages settings.

They don't affect anything, except ... the plugin. They have 2 files, with the same name: one in the package folder, the other in you User directory. This is the case for FileManager. And this file is called ... FileManager.sublime-settings. So, the file in the package directory is the default one, and the one in the user directory overwrites them.

So, which one are you talking about then?

The second one.

How do I edit them?

There's a few different ways:

  • Preferences -> Packages Settings -> FileManager
  • Open the command palette (ctrl+shift+p), and find Preferences: File Manager Settings

The file on the left is the default one (don't edit it, just look at it), and the one on the right is yours, have fun with it!

An example to make sure you understand...

In your settings, you can specify an option: aliases. It has to be an object.

In this part, I meant... The FileManager's settings (the second one)

A few useful settings

This section is going to show you different settings that aren't specific to any command, that's why they have they're own.

  • explicitly_refresh_sidebar Each time you run a command that affects any file, if this option is set to true, FileManager will refresh the sidebar for you. Note that you can do this by running Project: Refresh Folders in the command palette.
  • menu_without_dirstraction When a FileManager's command is not enabled, it will still appear in the sidebar's context menu, except if you set this option to true.
  • show_*_command Each FileManager's command has a settings starting with show_, the command name without the fm_ and finishing by _command. If set to false, this command will always be hidden (in the command palette, and the context menus)


To know the command name of a FileManager's command, just refer to the command page page. It's mentioned below each main title.