Nautilus is the default file manager for Ubuntu (similar to Windows Explorer). It's used to manage files and folders. Nautilus is called "Files" in default Ubuntu.

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How to add “Open terminal here” to Nautilus' context menu?

I am working on Ubuntu 12.04 64bit. I want to add "Open terminal here" to Nautilus context or right-click menu but it tries to download 32bit version from Internet.
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How to restart nautilus without logging out?

How do I just restart the nautilus after adding a nautilus script without having to log out.
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What is the difference between “Unmount”, “Eject”, “Safely Remove Drive” and the eject icon?

When I right-click the desktop icon for my USB drive or SD card I have the choice to "Eject" or "Safely Remove Drive": In the Tree side pane in Nautilus, I can either "Unmount" or "Eject": The ...
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Is there a way to restore Nautilus' split screen (F3) feature?

I am using Ubuntu 13.04 since today and I am missing the split screen function in Nautilus. Is there any way to patch Nautilus so that this amazing function is usable again?
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How do I run executable scripts in Nautilus?

When I double-click on a script in Nautilus to run it, the script just opens in my text editor with no option to run it. Using Nautilus, how do I run executable text files and/or scripts?
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Traditional search-as-you-type on newer Nautilus versions

Until now I was using a "traditional" version of Nautilus: that that comes with Ubuntu 10.10. Now I'm using 3.6.3, included with Ubuntu 13.04 (most likely any recent version is equivalent for the ...
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Unable to mount Windows (NTFS) filesystem due to hibernation

Whenever I boot Ubuntu, I get a message that it cannot mount my windows partition, and I can choose to either wait, skip or manually mount. When I try to enter my Windows partition through Nautilus I ...
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Nautilus Git integration

Is there any equivalent to TortoiseSVN but for Ubuntu / Git? I'd like to integrate Git commands to Nautilus.
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How can I simply password-protect a file?

Is there any simple (IE: right click in Nautilus) way to password protect a particular folder/file in Ubuntu? I've got a few files containing sensitive info and I'd much prefer that if/when I leave my ...
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Bring back `BackSpace` Keyboard Shortcuts on nautilus and thunar

I want to use the "BackSpace" button as a shortcut key on nautilus. I want to return to the previous folder whilst browsing the Home folder, just like windows 7. Also I want the same thing while ...
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What is the “Templates” folder in the home directory for?

For as long as I can remember, every time I install Ubuntu there is a folder in the home directory called "Templates." I've always just deleted it, but I'm curious: what's it supposed to be used for, ...
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How to remove bookmarks from the Nautilus sidebar?

I want to remove Videos and Music from the left side panel. But, I can't seem to find the option to do so. How do you do that?
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Add custom command in the open with dialog?

In earlier versions of Ubuntu (10.10-) there was an option in the "open with" tab in the properties window, to add a custom command to open a file. However, this is no longer the case in Ubuntu 11.10. ...
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Disable auto-opening nautilus window after auto-mount

Every time I plug a USB stick in, nautilus opens a new window with the contents of the drive. I would like to disable this auto-opening of the nautilus window, but I would like the actual auto-mount ...
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Nautilus 3.6 doesn't have a status bar?

In 12.04, Nautilus showed the amount of remaining space in the status bar , but as of 13.04 the status bar is gone. gsettings set org.gnome.nautilus.window-state start-with-status-bar true turned ...
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Keyboard shortcut for “open a terminal here”

How can I create a keyboard shortcut so that when I press F12 in nautilus (or desktop), I get a terminal in the current directory?
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Are there any alternatives to Nautilus?

Are there any good alternatives to Nautilus? I'm looking for something lightweight, with a cleaner interface, but the ability to manually enter file paths is still important. Any suggestions?
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How do you add “open in terminal” to the right-click mouse menu for folders/directories?

I would like to add it to the default menu (mouse right-click) Like I want to right click on a folder and open it in the terminal. I don't want to have to find the directory in the terminal.
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How can I instruct Nautilus to pre-generate thumbnails?

I have a large library of PDF documents (papers, lectures, handouts) that I want to be able to quickly navigate through. For that I need thumbnails. At the same time however, I see that the ...
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How can I copy the current path from Nautilus?

In 10.10, when opening a directory in Nautilus, I was wondering how to copy the current path? My address bar, pictured here, is not copyable:
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Creating .desktop files to use on the “Open with other application” tab

I am looking for the specs necessary to build a .desktop file to be used in Ubuntu 11.10. Many terminal applications or even GUI application do not show on Open with other application tab anymore and ...
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How to transfer files from/to an Android device with ADB via GUI?

Do you know if there is an Ubuntu program (possibly a Nautilus plugin) to transfer files from/to an Android device? What is my mind is a program which does adb push, adb pull, and adb shell ls in the ...
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Desktop shows a white or black background instead of wallpapers

after upgrade from 12.10 to 13.04 my desktop background turn black after I try to set a image for that. How to fix it? This is my desktop screen.
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What causes Nautilus to restart whenever I kill it?

In htop, I kill Nautilus, and within one second, it's back, with a new PID! The restarted Nautilus shows in the Processes list, but has no GUI until I manually launch Nautilus... I've heard ...
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How do I create panes within a Nautilus window?

This morning my cat discovered a Nautilus feature I wasn't aware of. By sitting on my keyboard she split the Nautilus window into two panes. I am now at the office without my cat and unable to repeat ...
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How to create a new blank file in Nautilus 3.6 and above?

I used to create new blank files in Nautilus (Files) using the right click context menu. It really saved me a lot of time. Since Nautilus 3.6, there is no such entry. Is there a way to create a new ...
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How to customize (add/remove folders/directories) the “Places” menu of Ubuntu 13.04 “Files” application?

I can't seem to find a way to customize (add/remove folders/directories) the "Places" menu in the most recent "Files" application of Ubuntu 13.04. The procedures used with "Nautilus" in the previous ...
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What are the new Nautilus (3.6) shortcuts in Ubuntu 13.04?

I post this question since new nautilus is very 'keyboard unfriendly', specially for one-key shortcuts. From 3.4 to 3.6 the very useful 'backspace' shortcut to go to parent directory has gone (along ...
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How do I enable MP3 preview?

Just upgraded from 11.04 to 11.10 and Nautilus no longer previews MP3 files when I hover over them. Another PC that's been running 11.10 for a while also experienced this after the latest update ...
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How to open Nautilus at current command line directory?

I was wondering if anybody knew a command that would allow me to open a Nautilus (if that's the right name for the Ubuntu 12.04 graphic/window explorer) window from the command line at the current ...
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How to completely integrate Nemo with Ubuntu?

I have installed Nemo (a fork of Nautilus created by the Linux Mint Team) in my Ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS with Gnome Shell 3.4.2. I followed the instructions DefaultFileManager on help.ubuntu.com, changing ...
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How can I downgrade to an older version of Nautilus?

It looks like that nautilus have changed a lot since previous version, I hate the way it is on ubuntu 13.04 (Installed it yesterday) First of all, a lot of features are gone, next, if I start typing ...
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how do I disable recursive search in nautilus 3.6

Recursive search in nautilus 3.6 completely breaks my keyboard navigation. I often navigate network volumes, and typing to get directly to a folder and clicking enter was very quick. Now typing ...
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How to hide all desktop icons in 12.04 and later?

In 11.10 Using Configuration editor, one used to be able to edit a boolean parameter named : Desktop_Show This allowed to hide/show all desktop icons. This latter was removed in 12.04. Someone, ...
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Setting nautilus-open-terminal to launch Terminator rather than gnome-terminal

The nautilus-open-terminal package adds a menu/right-click option to open a terminal in the current directory. I want to change this from opening gnome-terminal to opening terminator. There is some ...
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Is there a difference between a symbolic link via terminal or right-click make link?

I'm wondering if there is a difference between going to a terminal and typing ln -s path 'path or just right clicking on something and selecting make link.
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How to set default folder view to “list”? [duplicate]

I have another somehow weirdly easy question: I would like to use the List view for ALL folders in Ubuntu. Is there some kind of template that I could use?
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How to add bookmark to Nautilus 3.6?

I updated the Nautilus to 3.6 in Ubuntu 12.10, but I didn't find the how to add my folder to "Bookmark" section. If I press "ctrl+B", it show the list of bookmarks, but I can't add any. I can't drag ...
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How do I start Nautilus as root?

I got problem with nautilus in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS when i run command "gksu nautilus /" password ask box appear and I type my super-user password , than password box is disappear and nautilus is not ...
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Why do my gvfs mounts not show up under ~/.gvfs or /run/user/<login>/gvfs?

From what I read, when mounting a network share via nautilus or gvfs-mount the mount point should be in ~/.gvfs. This seems not to be the case for me: I tried mounting both an FTP and SMB share via ...
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How to show full date and time in Nautilus/Files 3.6+ list view?

The list view of Nautilus 3.6 shows the dates files were modified in a variety of ways: the hour and minute if modified on the current day, and the month and day if modified during the current year, ...
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Nautilus is very slow

One month ago I updated (no fresh install) to 12.04. Since then nautilus got extremely slow. When I open a folder that contains many subfolders I sometimes have to wait 4 seconds until everything is ...
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Use path bar and address bar in Nautilus

By default, Nautilus use/show the path bar: Using Ubuntu Tweak I managed to set by default the address bar: Is it possible to set both of them as default (show both: the buttons and the text ...
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How to list all the files in a tree (a directory and its subdirs)?

For a task of mine I need to list all the files in a tree (a directory, all its subdirs, all subdirs of those, etc.). I'd prefer to see them in Nautilus or Krusader, but a command-line solution is ...
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How to delete files bypassing trash

When I select the file and push delete this file is automatically landing in the trash. How can I delete files bypassing trash without using a mouse?
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How do I set default view to 'list' in Nautilus file manager?

I would like to set my Nautilus "Default view" to List globally on my PC. Is this possible, if so, how do I achieve this? Linked Question (old)
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Why do the “Copy to” and “Move to” context menus in Nautilus only offer “Home” and “Desktop” as options?

Why do the "Copy to" and "Move to" context menu options in Nautilus only include "Home" and "Desktop" as options? Is there a way to add other places and even mounted external devices as options?
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How can I initiate Nautilus file operations from the command line?

How can I start Nautilus's "File Operations" GUI from the command line? My goal is to include this in a Nautilus script.
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How can I add a bookmark in my nautilus folder explorer

In Ubuntu 11 I just dragged the folder there. This seems to be not possible on my new Samsung ultrabook with Ubuntu 12.04 I've tried Ctrl+D and using the top menu but nothing happens and no error ...
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TortoiseSVN (Subversion Client)?

Is there any software like TortoiseSVN for Subversion client that can be integrated with Nautilus?