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Is there a way to turn it off so that when you're renaming a file, it doesn't highlight the extension?

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Use something else than Nautilus' List View mode. It works fine in the Compact View and Icon View modes. Apparently it's a regression:

This is now fixed in the development version of Ubuntu 11.10 (Nautilus

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How annoying. Do you suppose there's a chance of Ubuntu pulling the available patch into maverick-updates? – Oli Nov 9 '10 at 14:31

When I right click a file and select Rename, or press F2, the extension isn't highlighted.

To answer your question: you don't have to do anything.

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I think he wants to make F2 hightlight file WITH extension. – Paweł Karpiński Oct 13 '10 at 9:59
No, he wants to highlight just the name. – dv3500ea Oct 13 '10 at 10:14

You should try pressing F2 twice and extension will highlight.

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This didn't work but changing to icon view worked!!! Thanks for the tip – David R Oct 13 '10 at 10:56
Yep, it only works on icon view. I really do not understand why in list mode it highlights the name plus the extension. It makes no sense. – Alfredo Hernández Jan 23 '11 at 21:53

to get only name without extension:


where ".ext" is extension

following a test script. to effect changes alter the commented line

for name in `find ./path -iname "*pattern*.ext" `; do
    if [ "$new_name" != "$name" ]; then
        echo “$name => $new_name”
        # mv “$name” “$new_name”
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find does not belong in a for-loop. Use a "while read"-loop. See – geirha Jan 23 '11 at 21:56

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