Manage Documents and files using Goodreader 4

Manage Documents & Files using Goodreader 4

GoodReader is like the file manager  on your computer. It will help you do a host of file management tasks, connect to computers, servers and cloud storage.Word documents. It is a super-robust PDF reader for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. With GoodReader on your iPad/iPhone, you can also read virtually anything, anywhere: books, movies, maps, pictures, pdf documents and WORD documents . Use it once and you'll be hooked. If you work with documents, soon you'll be wondering how you ever managed to use your iPad or iPhone without GoodReader.

Where to start?

The File Management actions require selecting files/folders. Select or deselect files/folders by tapping them. Select All and Deselect All buttons are there to help you with this. Selected files are marked with a green dot.

What do these tools do?

Here is an explanation of all the file management tools in Goodreader 4.

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  • Use Open In... button to open a selected file in another app that supports Document Interchange.
  • Use New Folder button to create a new folder.
  • Use Delete button to delete all selected files/folders (be careful - this can't be undone).
  • Use Rename button to rename a single selected file or folder. 
  • Use Copy and Move buttons to copy or move selected files/folders.
  • Use Zip button to compress multiple files and folders into .zip archives. If any protected item was put into archive, this archive will also be protected.
  • Use Unzip and Unrar buttons to uncompress existing .zip and .rar archives
  • Use E-Mail button to send selected files as e-mail attachments. Folders can't be e-mailed (but you can zip them first). Your outgoing mail server may provide a limitation for a total size of files that can be sent in a single message.
  • Use New PDF button to create a blank PDF file for your notes and drawings
  • Use New TXT button to create a new empty TXT file for further editing. This feature is useful for comfortable offline reading or editing of a pure text copied from some other app (Safari, for example).


  • Use MarkRead and MarkUnread buttons to mark files and folders as read or unread. Read and unread files are distinguished by title's color - read files are shown in black, unread - in blue. Opening a file for reading or visiting a folder in normal (non-action) mode automatically marks it as read. You can see the list of recently read files using Find Files feature in Recently Read mode.
  • Use Star and Unstar buttons to visually mark/unmark files and folders with a star and a colour tag. To toggle a star for a single file or folder you can simply tap the star icon in file management mode. You can quickly see the list of all starred files and folders using Find Files feature in Starred mode.
  • Use Protect and Unprotect buttons to set/remove password protection for individual files and folders. When trying to open protected files or folders you will be asked to enter a password (it must be previously set in Application Settings, Security section). All protected files and folders share the same password, but this password is different from application startup password. Once you enter this password, GoodReader enters the private mode. It means that you can freely open protected files and folders until you quit GoodReader. You can see a small lock icon on the bottom bar when you're in the private mode. The contents of protected folders is accessible via WiFi and via Find Files feature only if you're in the private mode. Also you're not allowed to copy or move protected files and folders that contain protected files, if you're not in the private mode. This feature uses iOS's Data Protection API, which actually encrypts your files, keeping your data confidential, even if your device gets lost or stolen. Be careful not to forget your password, because no way of retrieving or resetting this password is provided. If you have forgotten your password, the only way to reset it is to delete and reinstall the app, which will also erase all your files and settings. 

  • Use Flatten Copy button to flatten a PDF file with annotations
  • Use Import Photos and Save to Photos buttons to transfer audio and video files between GoodReader and device's Photo Album
  • Use Link button to copy a special URL link of a single selected file to clipboard. 
  • "iCloud" folder: use Download button to start downloading files and entire folders from iCloud. Once a file is downloaded, all changes to this file made elsewhere will be automatically pushed to the current device.
  • "iCloud" folder: use Evict button to evict files and entire folders from the current device. Changes made to evicted files elsewhere will not be pushed to the current device. To resume receiving changes to a file, you will have to download it again. You may want to evict certain files to save Internet traffic while you're on the go.
  • "iCloud" folder: use Publish button to create a public web link to share an iCloud file with other people. Publishing a file creates its snapshot. This snapshot is not affected by any subsequent changes made to the original file.