When I click a file in Nautilus, a tooltip appears at the bottom-right of the window, displaying the file's name and size. This info is on top on the file's description columns, such as "size", "date modified", so I can never see them for the bottom file.

Is there a way to remove the tooltip, or make it appear elsewhere? here's an example image of the occluding tooltip:

occluding tooltip

Clarification: I am not interested in a solution of sorting the files by another order. This will interrupt my workflow.

BTW, It appears that a similar question has been asked as well and not answered.


2 Answers 2


You can move the mouse over the tooltip for it to disappear temporarily.

hover over tooltip animation

As an alternative you could replace Nautilus with Nemo, which has the old-style status bar instead.

  • That's weird, that doesn't work for me. The tooltip remains in its place. Mar 20, 2019 at 15:04
  • I use 16.04 / Nautilus 3.14.3
    – pLumo
    Mar 20, 2019 at 15:06
  • This is exactly my setting. Mar 20, 2019 at 15:18
  • Works the same when I switch to Ambiance theme ... so not theme-dependent
    – pLumo
    Mar 20, 2019 at 15:20

Normally, the tooltip hides when the cursor moves over it. There seems to be a bug: whenever multiple tabs are open, the tooltip is no longer hidden.

There are possible workarounds:

  • Only use a single tab
  • Clear the selection by navigating away and back
  • Clear the selection by pressing CtrlA, then ShiftCtrlI

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