How to Create Multifile Documents

    M-Files offers several ways of keeping your information in order, and Multi-file Documents is one of them.

    A Multi-file document is a single document, with a single metadata card, that includes multiple files.

    For instance, you might have an agreement with a working copy version that’s in Word and a file PDF version. Or you could have a document with multiple language versions.

    Creating Multi-File Documents

    There are two ways you can create a multi-file document:

    • From the Create menu
    • Convert an existing document into a multi-file

    Multi-file documents have the following icon in M-Files:

    Creating Multi-File Documents from the Create Menu

    To create a multi-file document, simply create a new document in M-Files and then tell M-Files that this is a multi-file document.

    Converting an Existing Document into a Multi-File Document

    To convert an existing document in M-Files into a multi-file document, simply select the object, right-click, and select Convert to Multi-file Document from the context menu.

    Adding Documents to the Multi-Files Document

    To add objects to the multi-file, simply drag and drop what you’d like to add.

    When you do this, it does indeed duplicate the object. So now, it exists as both part of the multi-file document and as a separate object in M-Files.

    If you want, you can delete the original so there are no duplicates. Note that if you delete the original, you lose the original metadata as well because the files in the multi-file document share the same metadata card.

    Removing Documents from the Multi-File Document

    There are two options for removal.

    You can delete the object completely by right-clicking the object and selecting Delete.

    Alternatively, you can drag and drop the document out of the multi-file document. This way, it becomes its own separate object in M-Files.

    Differences Between Document Collections and Multi-File Documents

    A Document Collection is a group of separate documents, with separate metadata cards all bundled together. A multi-file document is a single document, with multiple versions that are bundled together under a single metadata card.


    Got Questions?

    Yes, you can share a multi-file document. You can either share the whole thing or the individual files within the multi-file.

    Don’t panic. Simply contact your M-Files IT administrator and they can restore the document easily.

    Yes, but only if there’s one file in the multi-file document. It doesn’t work if there are multiple files. Simply right-click the multi-file document and select Convert to Single-file Document from the menu.

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