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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Use something else than Nautilus' List View mode. It works fine in the Compact View and Icon View modes. Apparently it's a regression: https://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=627110

This is now fixed in the development version of Ubuntu 11.10 (Nautilus

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    How annoying. Do you suppose there's a chance of Ubuntu pulling the available patch into maverick-updates?
    – Oli
    Commented Nov 9, 2010 at 14:31

When I right click a file and select Rename, or press F2, the extension isn't highlighted.

To answer your question: you don't have to do anything.

  • I think he wants to make F2 hightlight file WITH extension.
    – Praweł
    Commented Oct 13, 2010 at 9:59
  • No, he wants to highlight just the name.
    – dv3500ea
    Commented Oct 13, 2010 at 10:14

You should try pressing F2 twice and extension will highlight.

  • This didn't work but changing to icon view worked!!! Thanks for the tip
    – David R
    Commented Oct 13, 2010 at 10:56
  • Yep, it only works on icon view. I really do not understand why in list mode it highlights the name plus the extension. It makes no sense. Commented Jan 23, 2011 at 21:53

to get only name without extension:


where ".ext" is extension

following a test script. to effect changes alter the commented line

for name in `find ./path -iname "*pattern*.ext" `; do
    if [ "$new_name" != "$name" ]; then
        echo “$name => $new_name”
        # mv “$name” “$new_name”

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