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There seems to be no option for My Computer, could anyone tell me how to find it? Any help would be appreciated!

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If you can't find your computer, what are you using to visit this site? On a serious note though, can you clarify your question? – Rob W Feb 19 '12 at 23:24
Ryan, did you mean the equivalent of Windows' "My Computer"? – Lekensteyn Feb 19 '12 at 23:27
Yeah sorry guys, I'm after the equivalent of windows my computer. – Ryan Feb 19 '12 at 23:29

Open the file browser, then mouse over the bar at the very top of the screen so that the menu bar becomes visible. Click on Go and then click on Computer. (i.e Menubar ⟶ Go ⟶ Computer)

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To make it easier to access Computer in the future, add a bookmark. Press CRTL+ D and you will now see Computer listed in the bookmarks on the left of the file browser window:

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Once bookmarked, you can directly access Computer by right clicking the file browser icon in the dash:

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You can bookmark almost any location in this way for easy access.

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If you go to 'File System' you are in the so called root directory of your ubuntu installation.

The folder 'home' points to your user home folder with all your data (music, photos, docs etc.) in it.

The 'media' folder is where any mounted devices will show up (iPods, USB sticks, additional HDDs, DVD etc.) you can also find these in the devices section of the file manager in the top left corner.

The 'usr' folder contains information and the executables to all the programs you have installed through the software center as well as some settings.

If you're new I wouldn't bother about the other folders for now cause they contain data that's crucial to your system.

You can't do anything outside of the '/home/your_username folder' without root privileges. To get them you can press Alt+F2 and type 'gksu nautilus'.

But if you're new to linux and don't really know what you are doing I'd strongly recommend you don't use it because you could mess up your install beyond repair.

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Open the file browser (the second from top in the column on the left hand side of the screen).

Look in the left column of the window that opens. One of the options is called "File System" - this is probably what you're looking for.

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12.04 with nautilus 3.4.2:

There is a nice patch for Ubuntu 12.04 with nautilus 3.4.2. This patch will create a nice toolbar-like icon set for several activity, such as refresh, up, Computer etc.

  1. Download the patch from lauchpad page. Download and save the .deb file in your Downloads folder

  2. Now open a terminal with Ctrl+Alt+T shortcut and use the command to install it.

    sudo dpkg -i ~/Downloads/nautiluspatch_v3.4.2-0ubuntu3-2_i386.deb

    for 32bit or

    sudo dpkg -i ~/Downloads/nautiluspatch_v3.4.2-0ubuntu3-2_amd64.deb

    for 64bit.

  3. Now restart nautilus by using nautilus -q command and then clicking the home icon in dash

  4. Now, in nautilus menu , Go to EditPreferences. In the File management Preferences window, select the new toolbar tab.

  5. Now check the corresponding checkbox to enable the button.

    nautilus preference window

    the added are buttons are

    enter image description here Now you can have a My computer view like this

    my computer view

We hope this patch will continue to be alive for future nautilus versions

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Download Advanced setting from ubuntu software center and at desktop tab you can show mycomputer icon and also trash icon.

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