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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

6.  Using the Main Menubar

7.  Using the File Manager

File Manager Overview

Spatial Mode

Spatial Mode Windows

Displaying the Home Folder in a Spatial Window

Displaying a Parent Folder

Displaying a Folder in a Browser Window

How to Display a Folder in a Browser Window

Closing Folders

Opening a Location

Browser Mode

Browser Windows

Showing and Hiding File Browser Window Components

Using the Location Bar

Displaying Home Folder

Displaying a Folder

Displaying a Parent Folder

Using the Tree From the Side Pane

Using Navigation History

Navigating History List Using the Go Menu

Navigating History List Using the Toolbar

Navigating Your History List Using History in the Side Pane

Opening Files

Executing the Default Action

Executing Non-Default Actions

How to Add Actions Associated With a File Type

How to Modify Actions

Searching Files

Saving Searches

Managing Files and Folders

Using Views to Display Files and Folders

Arranging Your Files in Icon View

Arranging Your Files in List View

Changing the Size of Items in a View

Working With Files and Folders

Selecting Files and Folders

Selecting Files Matching a Specific Pattern

Moving or Copying a File or Folder

How to Duplicate a File or Folder

How to Create a Folder

How to Rename a File or Folder

How to Move a File or Folder to the Trash

How to Delete a File or Folder

Creating a Symbolic Link to a File or Folder

Using Drag and Drop

Viewing the Properties of a File or Folder

How to View the Properties of a File of Folder

Changing Permissions

How to Change Permissions for a File

How to Change Permissions for a Folder

Adding Notes to Files and Folders

How to Add a Note Using the Properties Dialog

How to Add a Note Using Notes in the Side Pane

Creating Documents by Using a Template

How to Create a Document From a Template

Using Bookmarks

Adding or Deleting a Bookmark

How to Edit a Bookmark

Using Trash

Displaying the Items in the Trash

Emptying Trash

Viewing Hidden Files

Hiding a File or Folder

Using the Item Properties

How to Display the Item Properties Window

Modifying the Appearance of Files and Folders

Using Icons and Emblems

How to Change the Icon for a File or Folder

How to Add an Emblem to a File or Folder

How to Create a New Emblem

Changing Backgrounds

Using Removable Media

Mounting Media

How to Mount a Device Manually

Displaying Media Contents

Displaying Media Properties

Ejecting Media

How to Eject a USB Flash Drive

Writing to a CD or a DVD

Creating Data Discs

How to Create Data Discs

Copying From a CD or a DVD

How to Copy CDs or DVDs

Creating a Disc From an Image File

Navigating Remote Servers

Accessing a Remote Server

Accessing Network Places

Accessing Special URI Locations

Setting File Manager Preferences




List Columns



Extending the File Manager


Installing File Manager Scripts

Writing File Manager Scripts


8.  Using the Desktop Tools and Utilities

9.  Configuring the Desktop

A.  Using the Mouse

B.  Using the Keyboard

Opening Files

When you open a file, the file manager performs the default action for that file type.

For example, opening a music file will play it with the default music playing application, opening a text file will enable you to read and edit it in a text editor, and opening an image file will display the image.

The file manager checks the contents of a file to determine the type of a file. If the first lines do not determine the type of the file, then the file manager checks the file extension.

Note - If you open an executable text file, that is, one that the file manager considers can be run as a program, then you will be asked whether you want to run it or display it in a text editor. You can modify this behavior in the File Management preferences.

Executing the Default Action

To execute the default action for a file, double-click the file. For example, the default action for plain text documents is to display the file in a text viewer. If you double-click a text file, the file will be displayed in a text viewer.

You can set your file manager preferences so that you click once on a file to execute the default action. For more information, see Behavior.

Executing Non-Default Actions

To execute actions other than the default action for a file, select the file on which you want to perform an action. The File menu shows Open With choices or an Open With submenu. Select the desired option from this list.

How to Add Actions Associated With a File Type

  1. In the view pane, select a file for which you want to add an action.
  2. Choose File -> Open with Other Application.
  3. Either choose an application in the Open With dialog or browse to the program with which you want to open this file type.

    The action you chose is added to the list of actions for that particular file type. If no prior action was associated with the file type, the newly added action is the default.

    Tip - You can also add actions in the Open With tab under File -> Properties.

How to Modify Actions

  1. In the view pane, select a file for which you want to modify the action.
  2. Choose File -> Properties.
  3. Click the Open With tab.
  4. Use the Add or Remove buttons to tailor the list of actions. Select the default action with the option to the left of the list.