File managers provide either a GUI or CLI for interfacing with the file system. This tag can also be used for operations with files, such as copy, duplicating, renaming, etc.

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Nautilus history

I want to know does nautilus maintain any Navigation History file of visited folders. If yes then where it is storing its history ? If not then is it possible to monitor the nautilus either using ...
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Viewing thousands of PDF files very rapidly

I have many thousands of PDF files in a directory, and I need to quickly view them one-by-one. I want to be able to open one, look at it, and then quickly (like with a single keypress) move on to the ...
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Change home folder background on Ubuntu 13.10

I'm using Ubuntu 13.10. I want to change the background of my home folder with my own photos ... How? In contrast to the Ubuntu 10.04 which have backgrounds and emblems, Ubuntu 13.10 nothing at all. ...
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file-manager and ffmpegthumbnailer

I have PCManFM installed on xubuntu along with ffmpegthumbnailer. Everything works fine except for some configurations like video border, some file formats like flv and so on. How could I change those ...
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File could not be renamed, folder name conflicts with filename in Ubuntu 13.10

As the title says, my fresh, updated Ubuntu 13.10 install, presents a conflict with files and folders of the same name, in the same location, as shown below
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Is there a way to make Thunar display “recursive” file size?

I'm using Thunar 1.6.3 and currently when I'm looking at a bunch of folders it looks something like this: Folder 1 8,2 kB Folder 2 4,1 kB Folder 3 4,1 kB Folder 4 0 kB ...
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Why doesn't Ubuntu make it's own File manager [closed]

I don't like the current nautilus, and I think the upcoming versions are just going to make it worse, so why doesn't Ubuntu make it's own file manager? Just like Mint did with Nemo), or at least fork ...
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A: How to disable generation of thubmnail just for video / movie? [duplicate]

How to disable generation of thumbnails for video files in file browser? Solved accordingly to this answer. Install dconf-tools package and run dconf-editor. "In the tree on the left, navigate ...
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Why does Synapse use Nautilus for all file types instead of the default application?

No matter which file I find via Synapse, it just gets opened in Nautilus. May that be because I recently put Nautilus as my default file manager? Can I change that behavior to the normal action, ...
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How can I start Nautilus on Xubuntu / XFCE via the shortcuts in the XFCE panels?

I am on Xubuntu 13.10 and just installed and activated Nautilus as the default file manager. I'd like to use the current default file manager (whichever that might be) when I click on my panel ...
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Missing features in Gnome after installing

I installed GNOME by following the instructions listed in : How do I install and use the latest version of GNOME? Installation went through with no problem but I couldnot get the complete experience ...
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Will 13.10 format a usb stick native via “Files”?

I plug in the drive, "Files" opens. Right click on the drive, select format, choose ntfs (or fat or ext4) click format again, all the boxes go away and nothing is done. User has read/write permission, ...
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Efficient way to copy multiple files using the GUI

I have a simple use case. I want o copy some music. I have an 8Gb pen drive and my Music folder where each album is a directory inside the artist name directory. I select some artists. I select a ...
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Is there a shortcut key to split view the file manager on Xubuntu 12.04?

I am wandering to know if an hot key exists to split view the Xubuntu file manager. It is possible to do it on Ubuntu with F3, and it looks like:
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How to add an option to create a new file with a specific extension in right click menu

The title says all. I would like to have this option in right click menu on the desktop or in nautilus. I know that is possible, but I don't remember how to do this.
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What is the difference with all the different types of .tar archives?

Could anyone tell me what is up with so many archives, and how are they differ? There's at least five that I can think of, .tar.tz, .tar.gz, .tar.bz2, .tar.lz, .tar.z Which is best for what ...
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How can I remove a HDD from the “Devices” list in the file browser?

I'm running Ubuntu 13.10 on a new 11,3 Macbook Pro (dual booting) and I see this random HDD (looks like my cryptswap partition) listed under Devices in my file browser. As you can see it's a bit of ...
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how to find a program in Ubuntu [duplicate]

In Windos OS I used to browse to C--> Program Files to find the application needed to launch a file, I can not do this in Ubuntu.whenever the Launch Application ask me to Choose an Appliction I ...
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How to read the all files in a directory and display them using cat command?

I have a directory employer/. In this there are 5 .txt files. I want to combine the data from all 5 files and show into the command prompt using cat or create another file and save the result in that ...
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Unable to see files in DVD hidden using windows 7

I had hidden folders using Windows 7 and burned them to a DVD. When I checked the disk in Windows it showed all the folders (using 'show hidden files and folders'). But after performing a clean ...
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How to log all applications that startup automatically?

I'm using xubuntu and recently I encounter this problem: When the computer started up, a main window Files Manager appeared automatically and I don't why this happens. There are bunch of startup ...
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Install PCmanFM v1.1.2.2

I want to install the newest version of PCmanFM on my Ubuntu 13.04 machine. I have download the the newest version from here. Now how do i actually install it and make it so that it is the system wide ...
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PCmanFM - can't interact between 2 windows. [closed]

I have one PCmanFM on the left and one on the right. I can't drag files from the window on the left to the right one. This works in nautilus, and thunar just like I expect it to work. The weird thing ...
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How do I reset to the default file manager for all folders?

I keep getting the Failed to Execute Default File Manager for when I try to open files from Firefox. The other error I get is I can't use any shortcuts to get to folders from the panels. I only can ...
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Equivalent of .URL file on Ubuntu

an URL link has been saved in *.url file via Windows and when you open this file . If you double click on the newly created internet shortcut, a simple URL file, it will open your default browser to ...
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Why do du -sh and the file manager disagree?

I would like to know why the directory sizes I get when I execute du -sh disagree from the ones the file manager shows. What do they do differently and how big is my data really? I am not so much ...
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Is there a way to get OSX style file previews in the file browser?

In the default file browser of osx, pressing space will preview the file in question. Is there already something similar that I haven't found, or is there a way to add the functionality to Ubuntu?
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Conflicting shortcuts in Unity

I'm used from Windows to press alt+up to navigate to the parent folder in the file explorer. When I do this in the Unity file manager, it moves up but it also opens the HUD, stealing focus from the ...
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CLI based file manager that shows tree-like directory extructure

If you have the program "tree" installed on your system and you happen to run this the command tree in your system, the result is something like this: ├── a ├── b └── c ├── a ├── b ...
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How to change Nautilus to show “file system” instead of “computer”?

Nautilus use to have the label for the file system in it's tree as "File System". Recently that was changed to now show "Computer" in the tree to open the file system. Regardless of why this change ...
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Is there any way to Install Latest Nautilus File Manager in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

I am so desperate to use Nautilus File Manager 3.6 or above in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. I have tried a lot of ways but finally tired to ask this question. I went for this link: How do I install Nautilus ...
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What file managers are avilable for Ubuntu? [closed]

Please, can someone advise me which File Managers that are available to install and use in Ubuntu? Please include only one file manager per answer, with the following information: ...
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Where are application files stored? [duplicate]

I have installed few software in Ubuntu. Some of these software are quite big and needs more than 400MB of space during installation. In Windows, when we install a software, it is saved in program ...
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Is there a Linux file manager with a proper drop-down tree view? (like finder in OS X)

As a happy Linux user for almost a year now, this is the bane of my existence. Does the Linux community hate tree views for some obscure reason? I don't mean a tree view in the side panel. That's ...
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New User - Installing Applications ie Android SDK - Where To ? ( Equivalent of Program Files ? )

it is taking me some time to find my way around Ubuntu and while I know I can Sudo an App like PCManFM to create directories I do not know where the best place to create a folder for the Android SDK ( ...
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Nautilus stops working

I have done a silly things. Some days ago I install dolphin in my Ubuntu 12.04. After that I was in love with dolphin for having thumbnail preview of folder with images inside. So, I thought of ...
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Missing compact view in Files

The Files application used to have 3 buttons for Icons, List and Compact view. I used to use the shortcuts Ctrl+1, Ctrl+2 and Ctrl+3 often to switch between them. Now there are only two buttons for ...
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Krusader: How to hide FN key bar permanently

Does anyone know how to hide FN key bar in Krusader so the settings are saved when it is restarted? If you go to Settings->Show FN key bars and uncheck it, then FN bar disappears but only for the ...
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About nemo file manager: How can I change font color of folder name in toolbar button?

About Nemo file manager : How can I change font color of folder name in toolbar button ? Because I deeply prefer Ambiance theme,so I want to keep it but it mess up with the theme of Nemo which is my ...
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How to make “File” (default file manager in Ubuntu 13.04) as default file manager?

Before I use Nautilus as my default file manager, I also have a file manager called File. I changed File with Nautilus, but I don't know how to change File as my default file manager again. Can you ...
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Remove Files file-manager without losing my Personal Folder

I am very unhappy with Files, which replaced Nautilus in 13.04 as the default file manager. How can I replace it with a better file manager without losing my Personal Folder?
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Mark first file in filemanager starting on letter “x” (mimicking windows) [duplicate]

In windows, when I am looking for a file in the current directory which name I (at-least partly) know. I simply start by pressing the first letter in the name, to jump to the first item starting with ...
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Unable to move files and folders

I use Ubuntu 12.04 and all my drives are of the ext4 file system. I tried to cut and paste a folder from the location /home/username/Documents to a logical drive which is of the ext4 file system but I ...
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Software to file handling operations

Is there some tool to Ubuntu like Filerfrog, capable to perform tasks like: Delete Empty Files\Folders Copy Path to Clipboard Invert selection Split and Join folders List of Files inside a folder ...
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Nautilus File Manager not working

I'm just installed ubuntu 12.04 and was customizing my Main Menu using the standard application Ubuntu provides for that and eliminated the entry Files it contained. Unfortunately this resulted ...
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The analog of Krusader

I'm using Krusader as a file manager, however it sometimes works too slow and that's why I'm looking for another one which is lighter and quicker. I like the rich functionality Krusader has and I'd ...
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Why is “rm” so much slower than deleting files via the File Manager?

I witnessed that deleting directories (with the size of a couple of gigabytes) which contain many files is very slow when using rm. It takes up to several minutes! When deleting the same folder via ...
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Change K3B behavior when clicking “Open File Manager”

When right clicking a file in K3B and clicking Open File Manager it attempts to open the file in Sublime Text (my default text editor). I need it to open in Nemo (my default file manager). Is there a ...
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App like DOS navigator for Ubuntu? [duplicate]

Dos Navigator was a very popular file manager for DOS / old Win. Something like Like Norton Commander, but waaay better in terms of feature support, and especially usability/UI. I was wondering if ...
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Display folder sizes in file manager

In nautilus (or nemo) file manager, the "Size" column shows the filesize for files and the number of items contained in a folder for subdirectories: Number of items is not that important for me, it ...