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It seems like the default file manager in Ubuntu 12.04 is nautilus, that does not have a file preview option! This is a really important requirement for me and I am missing the good old file preview pane in Windows 7 or Mac OS X.

There are a few options in Ubuntu for instance; gloobus-preview but then it is activated when we press the space-bar and the preview occupies the center of the screen, so it almost blocks the view. Now, is there any way I can install an add-on, maybe to the nautilus manager in Ubuntu 12.04 and get this side-pane for previewing files.

  • What are the other options available otherwise?
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While this might not answer your question per se, Dolphin, KDE's file manager, does offer the functionality your searching for. In addition, I find it to be several times faster than Nautilus in most regards. – Glutanimate Jan 31 '13 at 18:57
Thanks @MHC for your response, but could you give me a more elaborate solution on how to exactly go about using the dolphin file manager in ubuntu 12.04? thanks – Vivek Pradhan Feb 1 '13 at 19:05
You can install dolphin from the USC or via the CLI (sudo apt-get install dolphin). What's more diffucult, of course, is setting it up as the default file manager. There are a bunch of Q&As that dive into that topic. I myself am using a completely different desktop environment (LXDE), so I won't be of too much help. – Glutanimate Feb 2 '13 at 0:58

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