Part I. A Tour of the GNOME Desktop

Chapter 7. Nautilus File Manager

Table of Contents

Introduction to Nautilus File Manager
Browsing Your Files
File Browser Windows
File Browser Window Components
View Pane
Side Pane
To Show and Hide File Browser Window Components
To Display Your Home Folder
To Display a Folder
Using the Tree From the Side Pane
Using Your Navigation History
Viewing Files in a File Browser Window
To Bookmark Your Favorite Locations
Adding Notes to Files and Folders
Navigating Your Files and Folders as Objects
File Object Windows
To Display Your Home Location in a File Object Window
To Display a Folder
To Display a Parent Folder
To Display a Folder in a File Browser Window
Using the Start Here Location
Modifying the Appearance of Files and Folders
Icons and Emblems
To Add an Emblem to a File or Folder
To Add a New Emblem
To Change the Icon for a File or Folder
To Change the Size of Items in a View
Using Views to Display Your Files and Folders
Assigning Actions to Files
To Modify Actions
Customizing the File Manager
Setting Your Preferences
Changing Backgrounds
Opening Files
To Execute the Default Action
To Execute Non-Default Actions Using the Open With Submenu
To Execute Other Actions When Displaying a File
Navigating Your Computer
To Access an FTP Site
To Access Network Places
To Access Network Servers
Accessing Special URI Locations
Managing Your Files and Folders
Drag-and-Drop in the File Manager
To Select Files and Folders
To Move a File or Folder
To Copy a File or Folder
To Duplicate a File or Folder
To Create a Folder
Templates and Documents
To Rename a File or Folder
To Move a File or Folder to Trash
To Delete a File or Folder
To Create a Symbolic Link to a File or Folder
To View the Properties of a File or Folder
To Change Permissions
Using Trash
Using Removable Media
To Mount Media
To Display Media Contents
To Display Media Properties
To Format a Floppy Diskette
To Eject Media
Writing CDs
Running Scripts From the File Manager

This chapter describes how to use the Nautilus file manager.

Introduction to Nautilus File Manager

The Nautilus file manager provides an integrated access point to your files and applications. You can use the file manager to do the following:

  • Create folders and documents.

  • Display your files and folders.

  • Manage your files and folders.

  • Run scripts.

  • Customize your files and folders.

  • Open special URI locations.

  • Write data to a CD.

You can access your files and folders in the following ways:

  • Browse your files and folders

    The file browser window enables you to navigate between folders by changing the current location of the file manager within a file browser window.

  • Navigate your files and folders as objects

    The file manager can also represent your files and folders as individual objects. Each file or folder is displayed in an individual file object window. When you open files or folders from file object windows, each file or folder opens a new window.

Nautilus also manages the desktop. The desktop lies behind all of the other components on your visible desktop. The desktop is an active component of the user interface.