Chapter 2. Overview of the GNOME Desktop

File Manager

The Nautilus file manager provides an integrated access point to your files, applications, FTP sites, and URIs.

The file manager enables you to do the following:

View files and folders

You can view your files and folders as icons or as a list. You can use the file manager to launch applications to view or edit your files.

Manage your files and folders

You can use the file manager to create, move, copy, rename, and remove files and folders.

Run scripts

You can run scripts from the file manager, and you can select files and folders on which to run your scripts.

Customize your files and folders

You can add emblems to your files and folders to indicate particular states. For example, you can add an Important emblem to a file to indicate that the file is important. You can also customize folders in the following ways:

  • Add a note to a folder.

  • Specify a custom background or pattern for a folder.

  • Specify a zoom setting for a folder.

Open special Uniform Resource Identifiers (URIs)

The GNOME Desktop contains special URIs that enable you to access particular functions from the file manager. For example, to access the preference tools, you can access the preferences:/// URI in the file manager.

Write CDs

The file manager provides a special location where you can copy files and folders that you want to write to a CD. You can write the contents of the location to a CD easily.

The file manager also creates the desktop.

To Open Files from the File Manager

To navigate to the file that you want to open, double-click on the Home object on the desktop. A file object window opens. To navigate to the folder where the file that you want to open resides, double-click on the folder icons in the file object window. When the file that you want to open is displayed, double-click on the file icon to open the file in an application.

To Move Files Between Folders

You can move files between folders by opening two or more file manager windows. Drag the files from one window to the other.