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Oracle Solaris 11 User's Guide for the GNOME Desktop     Oracle Solaris 11 Information Library
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1.  Getting Started With the Desktop

2.  Using the Desktop Windows

3.  Using the Desktop Workspaces

4.  Using the Desktop Panels

5.  Using the Desktop Applications

Applications Overview

Working With Files

Opening a File

Filtering the File List

Choosing a Folder

Opening a Location

Opening Remote Locations

Adding and Removing Bookmarks

Showing Hidden Files

Saving a File

Saving a File in Another Location

Replacing an Existing File

Creating a Folder

6.  Using the Main Menubar

7.  Using the File Manager

8.  Using the Desktop Tools and Utilities

9.  Configuring the Desktop

A.  Using the Mouse

B.  Using the Keyboard

Opening a File

The Open File dialog enables you to choose a file to open in an application. The right-hand pane of the dialog lists files and folders in the current location. This section describes actions you can perform in the File dialog.

You can use the mouse or the arrow keys on your keyboard to select a file. Once a file is selected, perform one of the following actions to open it:

If you open a folder or a location instead of a file, the Open File dialog updates the view to show the contents of that folder or location.

To change the location shown in the right-hand pane, perform one of the following actions:

The lower part of the Open File dialog might contain further options specific to the current application.

Filtering the File List

You can restrict the File List to show only certain file types. To do this, choose a file type from the drop-down list below the File List pane. The list of file types depends on the application you are currently using. For example, a graphics application will list different image file formats, and a text editor will list different text file types.

Tip - Type the name of the file you want to open. The File List displays the files whose names begin with the characters you type. The characters you have typed appear in a pop-up window at the bottom of the File List. To cancel find-as-you-type, press Esc.

Choosing a Folder

You might sometimes need to choose a folder to work with rather than opening a file. For example, if you use Archive Manager to extract files from an archive, you need to choose a folder in which to place the files. In this case, the files in the current location are greyed out, and clicking Open when a folder is selected chooses that folder.

Opening a Location

You can type a full or relative path to the file you want to open. Press Ctrl+L or click the button at the top left of the window to show (or hide) the Location field. Alternatively, begin typing a full path starting with / to show the Location field.

Type a path from the current location, or an absolute path beginning with / or ~/. The Location field has the following features to simplify the typing of a full filename:

Opening Remote Locations

You can open files in remote locations by choosing the location from the left panel, or by typing a path to a remote location in the Location field.

If you require a password to access the remote location, you will be asked for it when you open the file or the location.

Adding and Removing Bookmarks

To add the current location to the bookmarks list, right-click a folder in the File List and choose Add to Bookmarks. You can add any folder listed in the current location by dragging it to the bookmarks list.

To remove a bookmark from the list, select the bookmark and click Remove.

Note - Changes you make to the bookmarks list also affect the Places menu. For more information about bookmarks, see Using Bookmarks.

Showing Hidden Files

To show hidden files in the list, right-click in the File List and choose Show Hidden Files. For more information about hidden files, see Hiding a File or Folder .