Solaris Common Desktop Environment: User's Transition Guide

Working With Files

Like OpenWindows, CDE provides full-functioned File Manager and File Finder applications. The Files subpanel gives you access to these applications and to other file-related devices and applications.

Figure 1-3 Files Subpanel


In File Manager and File Finder, files and folders are represented by icons that indicate their types. Clicking on mouse button 3 displays options for the selected object, and double-clicking an object invokes the default action for that object. For example, double-clicking a compressed file expands it, and double-clicking on an audio file plays it.

 Task or Feature OpenWindows Method CDE Methods
 To find a file In File Manager, choose Find from the File menu Click Find File on the Files subpanel
 To carry out an action on a file Click mouse button 3 and choose from general pop-up menu

Click mouse button 3 on the file and choose from pop-up menu 

Drag and drop the file on an appropriate drop zone 

Click a control on the Files subpanel 

 Print a file Select file in File Manager and choose Print from the File menu Drop a file on the printer control on Front Panel
 Access a floppy diskette or CD-ROM In File Manager, choose Check for Floopy from the File menu Click Open Floppy or Open CD-ROM on the Files subpanel

Deleting Files

Like OpenWindows, CDE provides a trash or wastebasket facility. The Trash Can is a temporary store for objects (files and folders) to be deleted.

You can move selected objects to the Trash Can using drag-and-drop, by mapping certain menu items, or by pressing the Delete key. Once in the Trash Can, the objects no longer appear in their original folder.

In OpenWindows, you are offered the opportunity to empty the wastebasket when you exit File Manager.

To permanently remove the deleted files in CDE, you use the Empty Trash Can control on the Trash subpanel. To permanently remove the deleted files in OpenWindows, you use the Empty Waste button in the Wastebasket application, or you accept an option to empty the wastebasket that is presented when you are exiting File Manager.