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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Nautilus copy/paste suddenly stop working, how to workaround? qdbus?

I use ubuntu 14.04. As copy/paste for no reason suddenly fails, since nautilus on ubuntu 12.10, I am looking for a workaround. The workaround can be any trick you came by. I have several (10+) tabs ...
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Disable shift-delete for file deletion

As an re-education procedure in order to reduce (likely) future data loss, I wish to disable the Shift+Del functionality to delete files in Ubuntu (11.10 and 12.04). Also, if I could replace it with a ...
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Create a link to a folder on the left panel of Nautilus file manager?

I would like to create a link to some new folder that I have in my home. The left panel shows docs, images downloads etc. But I would like to add my other folders that I created myself like university ...
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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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share folders between two Ubuntu 12.04 machines

I have two machines (1 laptop, 1 desktop) on same network connected to a router both have Ubuntu 12.04. I need to share my e.g. "movies drive" from Desktop computer so that i can watch those on laptop ...
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How to make Nautilus launcher _with_ quicklists behave like normal nautilus launcher in Unity

I followed this question: How to add my favorite places as a quicklist in my home's icon in Unity? And created the launcher. It's pretty good, as you can see here: But when I click it (be ...
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Tweak “Send To…” option in nautilus

I much like Windows 7's windows explorer's "Send to" menu. It's very useful and I can tweak this for my own need. I see nautilus has the same feature, but I don't know how to tweak this (for example, ...
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Missing Thumbnails for .swf files in Nautilus?

Before I upgraded to Maverick, .swf files used to have a thumbnail in Nautilus. However, Nautilus doesn't generate thumbnails for them anymore, even after removing ~/.thumbnails/, which most likely ...
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Nautilus not generating thumbnails in 13.10

Like the title says, Nautilus is not generating thumbnails for any file types (pictures, documents, pdf, etc) after a clean install of 13.10. I have checked the preferences and it is set to always ...
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File notes tab gone in Nautilus 3.2.1

It seems that the "Notes" tab in the "File Properties" dialog is gone in Nautilus 3.2.1/Ubuntu 11.10. How can you use the notes feature now? What do you do about notes that you have already made? Is ...
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Force nautilus to ignore extensions

We all know(or will know one day) that Ubuntu(or GNU/Linux in general) does not work with extensions of file to recognize what kind of file it is.Rather it uses Magic Numbers. A Magic Number is a ...
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How to change drive's name? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: how can i give other drives and partitions short, meaningful names (in nautilus)? I've got two Windows drives next to the Ubuntu drive, they are called XXXGB Filesystem, ...
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How do I highlight an item in Nautilus?

When we download something in firefox and right-click on item [firefox->download] and select open with folder it just open containing folder [nautilus] but does not highlight the downloaded item. In ...
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Opening a Nautilus bookmark launches VLC / browser [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: VLC is set to open the folders (Home, desktop, documents etc) in the Places menu. How to reset this? I came back after a month long vacation to check out my parents ...
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What rendering engine does Nautilus use to show HTML previews/thumbnails?

I just noticed that HTML files with CSS transforms on elements show with the CSS transforms within the thumbnails on Nautilus. So what rendering engine does Nautilus use to generate the thumbnails for ...
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Opening a file opens the folder the file is in, not the file itself

Whenever I try to open a file (such as an .odt, or .doc) from say, the Dash or the Firefox Downloads, Ubuntu 11.10 opens Nautilus to the the folder where the file is, rather than just going to the ...
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gksudo nautilus error - Ubuntu 14.04

I installed gksudo on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and when i run nautilus with gksudo gksudo nautilus it asks for password, then gives error and then crashes (nautilus:19688): GLib-GObject-WARNING **: invalid ...
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Is there any File manager that highlights names that are searched for?

When in Chrome or other new web browsers, a word is searched in a page, all occurrences of the word is highlighted. I need a similar functionality for a File Manager. I tested Nautilus and Dolphin. I ...
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Ways to run Nautilus with elevated privileges [duplicate]

What are the differences between the following ways to run Nautilus with elevated privileges: a) sudo nautilus b) gksu nautilus c) gksudo nautilus Which should I use?
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How to associate file types with wine in nautilus

I have Ubuntu 12.10 with Nautilus 3.4.2. After installing wine "apt-get install wine" are exe files still associated with the archive manager. In previous versions of ubuntu I've always right ...
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Can't mount filesystems and computer won't shut down

I've done a fresh install of Ubuntu 11.10 and ran the recommended upgrades. Two things are not working properly. My windows drives, USB drives, external hard disk cannot be mounted. The below error ...
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How do I move Nautilus' navigation buttons to the left?

Can the "navigation buttons" (forward and back) in nautilus 3 be moved to the left? I just find them impractical and confusing on the right. This is nautilus looks by default: I would like to move ...
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How to highlight just the name (not the extension) for renaming?

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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How do I revert to the pathbar after the address bar is visible in Nautilus?

When using Nautilus you can use CTRL+L to display the addressbar. How do you revert back to the pathbar? Is there a shortcut key?
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Nautilus 3.6.3: open folder with

Ubuntu 12.10 64 bits Gnome-shell 3.6.2 Nautilus 3.6.3 I have installed SMPlayer. It has a useful (to me) option called "Add folder content to SMPlayer playlist" (or something like that, my native ...
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How do I reset nautilus to the default configuration?

I've reinstalled Nautilus from the maverick repositories after removing nautilus-elementary and the breadcrumb hacks, but I have no longer access to the "preferences" menu and the default toolbar. How ...
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Can I view my files sorted by date?

Can I view my files sorted by date? I want to see my files sorted by date, I mean the first one the newest. I didn't find this option. Thanks in advance.
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Bash script doesn't run from nautilus, but does run from terminal

Before I add more detail to my question, I have to say something very important: Yes my script has "Allow executing file as program" turned on The question itself: For programming reasons (shared ...
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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 ...
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Nautilus sometimes refuses to rename files or folders - terminal works

I sometimes have the following issue: I'm working with Nautilus (Ubuntu 14.10 with Unity) and for example create new folders. But when I want to rename them, I can select that in the context menu and ...
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How to remove the tips within Nautilus 3.6?

New Nautilus version 3.6 (coming with Gnome 3.6 / Ubuntu 12.10) is showing annoying text tips on the bottom right/left edge as a new feature. Is there a way to disable it?
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Column view mode with Nautilus (like Mac OS X Finder) [duplicate]

I found a feature request at http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/4496/ but it doesn't seem easy to get a column view with Nautilus while with Mac OS X it's a default feature. Have I missed something or ...
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Nautilus: “Cannot load supported server method list. Please check your gvfs installation”

I was trying to connect to a sftp server using Nautilus... but I could not as it showed this error:
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Change default compress option in Nautilus type to zip?

On the right click menu (in Nautilus, desktop, etc), there is a "compress" option. Is there any way to make "zip" the default format for this?
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Can I recover the `~/` short-cut?

I upgraded to 10.10 on Sunday, from 10.04, and while the upgrade went smoothly (and I really like Maverick so far) I've somehow lost the ~/ short-cut. Previously, if I was in directory ...
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Get directory-specific Nautilus preferences on 14.04 LTS

Unsure how to word this, but is there anyway for Ubuntu to display certain folders, certain ways. I have alot of holiday/family shots, in a large number of folders named after where they from. So ...
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Clicking on nautilus opens new window rather than opened ones [closed]

Whenever I click on Nauitlus (Home) icon with one opened window, it always opens new rather than showing me opened ones. Is there any tweak for this?
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Missing new file in Ubuntu 13.04

The New file operation is missing in Ubuntu 13.04. How can I fix it? I have only "New Folder". How can I add the New File option again?
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How to revert back to Nautilus 3.4?

I installed GNOME DE and the packages and Nautilus got updated to 3.6 but I don't like it. I removed GNOME DE packages but Nautilus still remains at 3.6. How can I revert back to 3.4?
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How to stop Album Art files from showing in a folder with songs?

How can I stop showing me those selected file from songs folder?
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Files: One icon is large

Besides Files in Ubuntu 15.04 has become uglier (siderbar with black line as seperator between different categories), I noticed an error while displaying my files. One icon is very large, while others ...
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How do I set Nautilus to Default view?

Using Ubuntu 12.04 64-bit system. After playing around the Viewing settings for a while i ended up with view like this Under Default view the name should be under the icon. Even after selecting ...
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How do I open more than one Nautilus explorer when there is one already opened?

Why can I not open a second or third window, and so on, to view directories and files? If I click the Home Folder button the same Nautilus window keeps showing up.
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How can I get Firefox to use Dolphin instead of Nautilus?

I am using dolphin as my file manager and when I download something via firefox, I right click the download dialog and choose "open folder", I always get nautilus. Why doesn't firefox open the ...
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How to restore the down arrow icon on the Downloads folder in the home directory?

I removed the original Downloads folder in the home directory and created a new one with the same name, but the down arrow icon on the new Download folder now disappeared. Could someone please tell me ...
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How to put desktop icons in Ubuntu 13.10?

I'd want to put Firefox, Rythmbox and Libreoffice in the desktop, but Ubuntu doesn't allow me to paste them directly, what can I do?
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How to hide files with certain extensions?

I have plenty of files in a folder with extension of .dep, I want to hide these files. But I don't want to change their names such as adding a dot ahead of them. What would be the best way to do ...
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How do I change how executable files are handled by the file manager?

When I double click on text files, nautilus asks me what I would like to do with them. I find this to be intrusive, as I just want them to open. How can I fix this? Note: This question is a ...
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How to enable Nautilus desktop management in Gnome Shell?

I'm using Gnome Shell with the following extensions: weather, dock, window-navigator, user-theme, alternative-status-menu, noa11y. I checked "Have file manager handle the desktop" in Gnome Tweak Tool, ...
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Change the Sort order of Devices in Nautilus

I have Three Windows drive, my nautilus shows devices in following order I want it to be sorted like windows 7 does C drive D drive E Drive My Massport 13 GB FS Future attached removable ...