As per the screenshot, what is the difference between "Manage display" and "Manage file display"?

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Manage display is the core page to manage the display of fields for various view modes.

The Manage file display tab is provided by the File Entity module; the page callback for that tab is file_entity_file_display_form(), whose description is:

Form callback; presents file display settings for a given view mode.

So the difference is that display settings that relate to the file entity module have been separated out from the core Manage Display form, on a per view-mode basis, and that extra tab is where you set them.

As noted in the comments this is covered in a lot more detail as part of a broader question

  • Is there a reason why they would separate this? This is the first time I have seen this? All implementations of entities I have seen just use the standard core "Manage display". Aug 23, 2013 at 17:01
  • Reflecting on this a bit more, it is probably because the core "Manage display" is too limiting, which is most likely the cause for my related question drupal.stackexchange.com/questions/83500/… Aug 23, 2013 at 17:03
  • Yep I think you're right, the format of the core display page doesn't really allow for what the file entity module needs to do
    – Clive
    Aug 23, 2013 at 17:29
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    It appears my question is answered in another broader question on this site. Not sure if I should close this one or not though. drupal.stackexchange.com/questions/40229/… Aug 23, 2013 at 18:19
  • That's a much better answer but I think your question's specific enough that it should stay open. I'll add a link to the better answer so it's more visible
    – Clive
    Aug 23, 2013 at 19:37

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