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I've just installed the new version of Ubuntu (12.04) and nautilus seems to hide some file extension.

For example in my .local/application, the .desktop extension are not displayed. How to display the true name of files?

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Do your *.desktop files have names starting with . (like ".foo.desktop")? – Keith Thompson Sep 4 '12 at 2:36
So you want to show the .desktop part of the Desktop files. Something like minecraft to minecraft.desktop (without hiding the .desktop part). If so then it is a good question. – Luis Alvarado Sep 8 '12 at 22:35
I don't think any of the 3 current answers actually answer this question. nautilus is a file browser. It should be possible to see the actual names of the files it is browsing without having to change those files! – Whippy Aug 1 '13 at 1:54

In the preferences you can set nautilus to show hidden files.

You can also optionally turn it off and on for the sessions life span by clicking Ctrl+H

Let me know if that answered your question.

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Nautilus considers all .fileName to be hidden files (files starting with a dot character). Hit ctrl+h as suggested to show these files.

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But not all .desktop files have names starting with . -- and on my system, most of them don't. – Keith Thompson Sep 4 '12 at 2:35

Those are not hidden files, they are "desktop" files. I don't know to show real names of desktop files in a general manner but simply changing them to non-executable does what you want.

So to do this for each file, right click the file and follow the steps:

-> properties -> permissions -> Uncheck: Allow executing file as program

Via terminal:

chmod -x /where/is/this/desktop/file.desktop

But, if you do so, you can not execute the application using this .desktop file.

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