Getting Familiar with Documents and Other Object Types

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The Document object type is perhaps the most basic object type in M-Files. Documents in M-Files consist of files and metadata.

Documents vs. files

A document in M-Files is an object type that can contain zero or more files. A single-file document contains one file and metadata associated with the file.

Multi-file documents can contain multiple files, but all files share the same metadata.

Files in a multi-file document can be expanded by clicking the arrow icon to the left of the multi-file document in the listing area.

Other object types

You can manage all kinds of data objects in M-Files, not just documents. Typical object types are customers and projects, for example. Documents are often associated with customers and projects, and with these object types, you can manage additional information related to these objects, such as the address details of the customers, and project deadline dates.

For more information on object types, see Object Types.

Now that you are familiar with the different object types in M-Files, proceed to Creating New Objects and Saving Documents to M-Files for a quick tutorial on how you can create and save new documents in M-Files.