Solaris Common Desktop Environment: User's Guide

Working With Files

The Files subpanel gives you access to file-related devices and applications.

Figure 1-2 Location of Files Subpanel


CDE provides full-functioned File Manager and File Finder applications. 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 an audio file plays it.

 Task or Feature Methods
 To find a file Select Find File on the Files subpanel
 To carry out an action on a file

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

Drag and drop the file on an appropriate drop zone 

Click a control on the Files subpanel 

 To print a file Drop a file on the printer control on the Front Panel
 To access a floppy diskette or CD-ROM Select Open Floppy or Open CD-ROM on the Files subpanel

Deleting Files

CDE provides a trash can 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.

To permanently remove the deleted files in CDE, you use the Empty Trash Can control on the Trash subpanel.