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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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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How do I customize the context menu in Nautilus?

From time to time I come up with ideas of actions I'd like to have available in the context menu of Nautilus. How do I add them there? Is there something like a Thunar UCA plugin for Nautilus?
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How do I mark a file as executable via a GUI?

How do I mark a file as executable using a graphical interface (GUI)?
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How can I install a Nautilus script?

I found a nautilus script I would like to use. How do I install it?
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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 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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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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Desktop shows a white or black background instead of wallpapers

After the upgrade from 12.10 to 13.04 my desktop background turns black after I try to set a image for that. How to fix it? This is my desktop screen:
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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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Is there any tweak to bring back emblems in Nautilus?

I read the following dev email Removing 'Backgrounds and Emblems' and when i read this part: Note that this does not completely remove the ability for extensions (e.g. Dropbox) to add emblems ...
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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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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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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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Where is “open with…” in Nautilus?

In Ubuntu 11.04 I usually edit my *.fig files by clicking on the icons. The application (script) which opened the file was texfig. This script was chosen by "open with..." in nautilus. But now there ...
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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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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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Strange folder in my home folder after a failed run of BleachBit

A folder was created in my home folder (not by anyone), and I cannot see the folder contents. She has root privileges, but when the nautilus root access the folder is empty. When I try to remove it, ...
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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 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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VLC is set to open the folders (Home, desktop, documents etc) in the Places menu. How to reset this?

So I downloaded something with Kget and somehow set all the folders in the Places menu to open in VLC rather than in the default file manager. How do I clear this?
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How can I easily encrypt 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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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 to achieve List/Tree view in Nautilus?

How to achieve List/Tree view in Nautilus like the following screenshot? Cant find information about this. ps Im using Ubuntu Remix with pure Gnome 3, and last version of Nautilus.
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Assigning shortcuts (accelerators) to Nautilus 3

I want to assign some shortcuts to menu actions in Nautilus 3.2.1 running under Ubuntu 11.10. I followed the steps shown here How do you create a "new document" keyboard shortcut? but it did ...
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Rabbit VCS stopped working after upgrade to 11.10

Been using RabbitVCS for months now happily. Then when I updated to Oneric on Monday Rabbit VCS stopped working. It is installed but the right click menu in nautilus is gone and ...
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Nautilus bookmarks are missing since upgrade to 13.04

My bookmarks are not shown anymore after upgrading to 13.04 Raring ringtails and I can't add any new bookmarks. The function is not shown and the shortcut Ctrl+D isn't working either. Is this ...
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How to stop Thunar being default file browser

On a relatively new 11.04 installation Thunar has become the default file browser simply by using it! Whilst I can open Nautilus easily enough, I'd rather it remained as the default, especially when ...
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How do I tag files with custom emblems in Nautilus?

In every previous version of Ubuntu, I'd just right click the file, hit Properties, then one of the tabs would let me add all the custom icon tags I'd like. It seems to be completely missing in ...
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How can I remove / change the “Open With” list?

I have one problem. Just look at image: So I want to remove one of Dev-C++ IDE and Microsoft Visual Studio Version Selector (I've tried to install Microsoft Visual Studio and it doesn't works,and ...
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“You are not the owner…” message when trying to access folder

In the properties menu of this folder the permission is set to "root" user and group, it shows the message "you are not the owner, so you cannot change these permissions." I am indeed the owner and ...
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How do you create a “new document” keyboard shortcut?

While I have a nautilus window open I can do Ctrl+Shift+N to create a new folder in the current directory. However there is no default keyboard shortcut for creating a new document. How would I create ...
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Selective mounted volumes for the GNOME Desktop and Nautilus Sidebar

By default 'mounted volumes' are shown on the Ubuntu desktop. I usually disable this (gconf-editor or Ubuntu Tweak) because I don't want, for instance, my Windows partition on the Desktop. However ...
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How do I reenable opening jar files by double clicking on them?

How can I make "double click to run" the default behaviour of a jar-file on Nautilus? There is no "Open with OpenJDK Java 7 Runtime" on the "Open with" tab under Properties.
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Is it possible to open directories as administrator?

I want to have a root privileges on some directories. How can I do this?
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How to reset all per-folder view settings in nautilus?

As per tittle, how do I reset all custom view setting for all folders that I previously set a custom view mode (icon/list/compact) for? I made a change to the Default View setting in Preferences and I ...
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Add options to “Move to” (when you right click on a file) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “Copy to” and “Move to” context menu options in Nautilus In Gnome (version 2.30.2), when I right click on a file, one of the options is "Move to ...
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How to enable File Manager to handle desktop after removing GNOME 3?

I am student from Indonesia. I've installed GNOME 3 from latest PPA and used instructions written by user Jon : How do I install the latest version of GNOME 3? And after that, I removed GNOME 3 and ...
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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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How can I edit Nautilus Places sidebar and Unity QuickList?

I'm running Ubuntu 13.04 with Nautilus 3.6 and I want to edit the Nautilus Places sidebar menu (Not Bookmarks). By default have the following items: Recent, Home, Desktop, Documents, Downloads, ...
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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 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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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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Where is the »open as administrator« option in Nautilus gone?

Till Ubuntu 11.10 there the context or edit menu had an option to open a specific folder as administrator. This option came with the package nautilus-gksu. Now it vanished. Does anybody know how to ...
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How to stop Nautilus from creating thumbnails of specific file types?

I'm trying to stop Nautilus from creating thumbnails of PDF files. In another thread on 'Ubuntu forums' someone said to open gconf-editor and disable the PDF entry in the '/desktop/gnome/thumbnailers' ...
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How do I set the background color/pattern in a Nautilus window?

In Previous versions of Ubuntu, I used to go under the edit menu to set the background color of a Nautilus window. I have no idea how to do this in Ubuntu.
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How do I theme the Nautilus background image?

I want to change the background image in the Nautilus file browser. My idea is to put my own style in the background. I'm using Ubuntu 11.10 and Nautilus is version 3. I know that I have to change ...
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How to add columns displaying Audio and Photo (EXIF) metadata information into Nautilus list view

In Nautilus, I would like to add columns displaying metadatas contained in files. This is mostly useful with audio and pictures files: Audio : Artist, album, Track Title, Year ...(ID3 Tags) Photos ...
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How do I change the icon for a particular file type?

I'm trying to change the icon for application/x-hwp files. I've added the icons to the proper places, and checked it with assoGiate (after reading this thread). It shows that my desired icon is ...
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How can I give other drives and partitions short, meaningful names in nautilus?

In nautilus and Unity the external drive has a nice short descriptive name "mcat", but all partitions on the 4 internal drives are displayed as a size (834 GB filesystem) or a huge 32-character string ...