Nautilus (also known as GNOME Files) is the default file manager for Ubuntu and as such is used to manage files and folders. Nautilus is called "Files" by default on Ubuntu.

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Refresh thumbnails in nautilus

How does one refresh thumbnails in nautilus? In my videos folder I have some MKVs and only half of them have the movie border and a excerpt from the movie and the others (also MKVs encoded in the same ...
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Set Nautilus as default file manager in Xubuntu

How do I set Nautilus to be the default file manager in Xubuntu? Should I expect any trouble with this choice compared to normal gnome nautilus setup?
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What additional thumbnailers are available and how do I install them?

Question: Ubuntu's file manager, Nautilus, comes with a wide support for file previews. These thumbnails are handled by helper programs called thumbnailers. The number of thumbnailers that come ...
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Is it possible to preview arbitrary formats in Nautilus?

I recently found out that Nautilus (Ubuntu 12.04 at least) can show thumbnails of files of non-image formats, for example (data grapher) grace files (.agr) shows a small version of the graph contained ...
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How can I make Nautilus open with an extra panel by default?

I would like to know how I can have an extra pane (press F3) in the file manager by default. Currently, I add extra pane and when I close the File Manager, I have to add it again. It's a shortcut ...
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How to display Trash and Home folder icons?

I've googled quite a bit but nothing I've found works. I just want to display the Trash, Home folder, Computer etc icons on my Desktop in Ubuntu. The closest I've come is installing dconf-tools, ...
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Nautilus sorts the Name-column “mysteriously”. How can I change the collating sequence?

What I describe here is not about a problem with my Nautilus. (it is the default behavour) I understand why Nautilus sorts the Name-column (ascending) so that "6 cats" occuring before "10 dogs"... ...
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why nautilus will open automatically when kde loads?

Recentlly every time that laptop turns on and kde loads, nautilus will opened automatically. why ? I installed kde on ubuntu 11.10.
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How to get a “refresh” right click action?

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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Bookmarks in nautilus only in menu, not in the shortcut tab

Bookmarks added to Nautilus using Ctrl + D do not appear under "bookmarks" in the Nautilus windows -- but they can well be seen in the Bookmarks menu entry: I tried to restart Nautilus and log out ...
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How can I set a custom icon for a folder?

Some folders in my Home directory have special icons. I would like to do something like this with a custom icon for a folder.
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Where to configure shortcut keys of Nautilus?

I would like to configure and change some shortcut keys of Nautilus (file manager of Ubuntu). Does anyone know where I could do that? Edit1: Precisely, initial binding for "go to parent folder" in ...
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Chromium “Show in Folder” opens in text editor

When I try and open a file I downloaded in Chromium, it opens in a text editor. (Geany) I click on the arrow in the download bar and select "Show in folder". I'm using Chromium daily stable and ...
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Network share 'remember forever' option doesn't work

I use Ubuntu 11.10 with xfce & gnome, and am dependent on company network infrastructure for windows shares (as well as Outlook, but more on that later). So I also fall under their password ...
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Nautilus does not show the left bar, how do I turn it back on?

When I open nautilus does not open the left bar where it says computer and down markers such as music, documents, videos, downloads. I reinstalled nautilus from the synaptic package manager but ...
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How can I stop Nautilus from dereferencing symlinks? [closed]

I use symbolic links to tidy my home folder. This works well in the terminal, since the links create the illusion of normal folders: In Nautilus, however, the links behave more like Windows ...
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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 can I see a folder and a subfolder in the same window?

How can I navigate folders and subfolders at the same time? Like "column view" in Mac OS X. Edit 2: I use Ubuntu 14.04 and I couldn't install Marlin, so I installed "Pantheon File Manager" ...
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How can I write Nautilus scripts in Python?

I want to write a Nautilus script in Python. Is that possible? If it is possible, how can I do that?
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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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How to automount a gvfs file system on logon

I configured a remote folder in nautilus. I always need this remote folder, so I created a symbolic link to it in my home folder: ln -s ~/.gvfs/remote_folder ~/remote_folder. Though, when I first ...
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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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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 change the default file manager back to Nautilus?

A while back, I set my default file manager to Nemo. I like it a lot, but it constantly crashes. I remember editing a text file to set it as default, but I forgot which file it was. How do I switch ...
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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 queue file operations?

When I pick and choose files to copy to or from a single device, Nautilus accumulates file operations in parallel: I worry that in certain circumstances this could cause fragmentation of the ...
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File / Application association using a custom command is gone?

In previous Ubuntus when you want to select/change an application to open a specific file (right-click/open with other application or properties) you were able to write a custom command to open the ...
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Some Ubuntu 13.04 applications cannot access files on MTP-mounted systems. Why?

Ubuntu 13.04 comes with MTP support to access files on newer Android devices. My Nexus 10 works OK: after plugging in, I can access the N10 files with Nautilus, and I can copy from and to the device. ...
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Is it possible to hide the “Copy To” and “Move To” context menus?

I've just read this question and realized that I had never used either the "Copy To" or "Move To" context menu - is it possible to hide them?
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Why are my file selection dialogs so big? How do I make them smaller?

When I use an external monitor, my file selection dialog boxes seem to be huge -- wider than my larger screen. I assume it is a nautilus issue since it happens whether I'm trying to open a file to ...
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How to prevent a file under user folder to be deleted?

How can I make some file impossible to be deleted by user even if it is under his/her home folder?
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Nautilus Menu appearing behind transparent gnome-shell menubar

I installed 11.10 beta when it was released a couple of weeks ago. Everything is working fine. Later I installed gnome shell and then upgraded it from the gnome-shell testing ppa. I also installed ...
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How to add/remove buttons to Nautilus toolbar?

I'd like to add some buttons (such as cut, copy, paste, new folder, open terminal in current folder) to Nautilus Toolbar. Can I? And it'd be awesome if I could add custom buttons running commands I ...
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How can I “diff” two files with Nautilus?

I have installed Meld and found out it's a great comparing tool. Unfortunately there is no integration with Nautilus 3.2. This means, I can't right click on files and select an option to open them in ...
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Launch nautilus in location navigated to in Terminal [duplicate]

I find it rather hard to travel through my system using nautilus and much prefer using the cd etc commands in Terminal to get around my system, but I find that sometimes I do need to look at a list of ...
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Files lens and xdg-open only open nautilus but not the correct applicatiion

since some days my Files lens opens only nautilus but not the correct application which is associated with the file extension. For example, if I choose a PDF file, Nautilus is openend, pointing to ...
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“error: XDG_RUNTIME_DIR not set in the environment.” when attempting to run nautilus as root

I am attempting to run nautilus as root but when I run "sudo nautilus" from the terminal, I get the following error: error: XDG_RUNTIME_DIR not set in the environment. (nautilus:9341): ...
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Disk Usage Analyzer replacing Nautilus

So this is a fun problem. After upgrading to Raring Ringtail, the open file command for nautilus on everything except the file browser in unity itself (opening downloads from browsers, clicking on ...
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Can I set up Nautilus to use a Midnight Commander-like hot keys scheme for 2-panel mode?

I have been using "commanders" with DOS and Windows for more than 15 years. Needless to say it'd significantly improve my comfort if I could be able to create directories by pressing F7, deleting by ...
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Key-based SSH login with Nautilus' “Connect to Server”

I tried loggin into an SSH server via Nautilus' "Connect to Server" feature by just leaving the password blank, but that didn't work. How do I connect to my server using the key I have on my system? ...
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How to get Nautilus “real” compact mode in Ubuntu 13.04?

Ubuntu 13.04 have fully absent compact mode. Nautilus allows only icon view and list view. List view isn't the same as compact mode - well, it's easy to switch off unneeded columns, but what about ...
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How do I install Nautilus 3.6 in 12.10?

I like new version of Nautilus (3.6), but Ubuntu 12.10 shipped with 3.4 So how can I install version 3.6 in Ubuntu 12.10?
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Desktop icon position (programmatically access and manipulate)

I'd like to programmatically access and manipulate the Desktop icon positions, their icons, etc. This is for files and directories that you keep in ~/Desktop . Where is this stuff stored?
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How can I rearrange the sidebar in Nautilus?

It seems like after updating to Oneiric, the order of Nautilus' sidebar has changed so that the least used group of bookmarks (Devices) is at the top while the most used (Computer) is at the bottom. ...
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Change the default Downloads directory

I originally had a Downloads folder, but decided to create a separate partition for it. So I renamed Downloads to Downloads2. I know, I should have just cut and pasted the content, but this seemed ...
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Where does Nautilus stores bookmark names?

If I create a bookmark with Nautilus, its location is stored on ~/.gtk-bookmarks, but not his name. I've created a test bookmark named weirdy, and tried to do a grep on my home for that name, and I ...
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Where is 'open in terminal'?

I'm trying to figure out where is 'open in terminal' when right clicking inside a folder? Last time I used it was in Ubuntu 10.10 and since upgrading have no luck with it. I gave up on Unity and ...
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Unable to save images by dragging and dropping them from browser to Nautilus or desktop

In Chrome on Windows I usually save images by dragging them from the browser to the folder I want to save them to. I prefer this method compared to navigating through the file browser as it is much ...
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Typing location path instead of clicking directory buttons in the file picker dialog?

Is there a way to change file picker dialog path input? I would like to type the path myself instead of clicking buttons to specify the destination path. In Nautilus I can hit Ctrl+L, to show the path ...
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Different nautilus thumbnails rendering for text files

I have Ubuntu 14.04 Gnome edition on both my laptop and the desktop; both are up-to-date but they have a different past-history of installations and upgrades. Now, text-type thumbnails are different ...