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I'm new to Ubuntu 13.04. I want a 'refresh' option, like in Windows when you right click on desktop. Can anyone help me to get that option in Ubuntu?

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This question is not duplicate of How to add Refresh option to Right click menu?. This is about Ubuntu, the other one is about Lubuntu. The Lubuntu one has answers for Nautilus ... but Lubuntu doesn't ship Nautilus. – Radu Rădeanu Sep 18 '13 at 6:43
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You can try to install the old nautilus python script for Ubuntu 12.04 (nautilus-refresh) from the dr3mro/nautilus-actions-extra PPA. (Dr. Amr Osman).

  1. Open a Terminal window and type the following to install the necessary packages.

    sudo apt-get install python-nautilus xautomation wget
  2. Create a folder to download the deb package.

    mkdir ~/Downloads/refresh
    cd ~/Downloads/refresh
  3. Download the nautilus-refresh_0.6~ppa1-0~11~precise1_all.deb package from Launchpad.

  4. If you are running Ubuntu 13.04 64-bit.. create the following soft link.

    sudo ln -s /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ /usr/lib/

    NOTE:: If you are running 32-bit you can skip the step 4.

  5. Intall the deb package.

    sudo dpkg -i nautilus-refresh_0.6~ppa1-0~11~precise1_all.deb
  6. Finally you can logout and login to see the changes.


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When in any folder (this includes the desktop), hit the F5 key to refresh.

To also add the refresh option to the right-click menu, check this answer (thanks Saurav Kumar).

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This is not necessary because items added to the ~/Desktop folder are added to the desktop automatically. This is most likely a bad habit from Windows.

If you really need to, press F5.

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