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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

Spatial Mode

This section describes how to browse the file system using the file manager when configured in spatial mode. In spatial mode, which is the default, each window corresponds to a single folder.

Spatial Mode Windows

A new spatial mode window opens each time you open a folder. To open a folder, perform one of the following actions:

To close the current folder while opening a new one, hold down Shift when double-clicking, or press Shift+Alt+down arrow.

The following figure shows a sample spatial mode window that displays the contents of the main Computer folder.

Figure 7-1 Spatial Mode Window

image:Spatial Mode Window

In spatial mode, each open window displays only one location. Selecting a second location opens a second window. Because each location remembers the previous position on the screen in which it was opened, you can recognize the folder when many folders are open at once.

The following figure shows an example of spatial browsing with many open locations.

Figure 7-2 Browsing Spatial Windows

image:Spatial browsing with many open locations

Note - Because spatial mode fills the screen with the file manager windows, being able to represent them easily is important. You can press and hold the Alt key and click anywhere within the bounds of a window to reposition it instead of having to locate and drag it by its titlebar.

The following table describes the components of a spatial window.

Table 7-1 Spatial Window Components

Contains menus that you use to perform tasks in the file manager.

You can also open a pop-up menu from a file manager window by right-clicking the window. The items in this menu depend on where you right-click. For example, when you right-click a file or folder, you can choose items related to the file or folder. When you right-click the background of a view pane, you can choose items related to the displayed items in the view pane.

View pane
Displays the contents of the following:
  • Folders

  • FTP sites

  • Windows shares

  • WebDAV servers

  • Locations that correspond to special URIs

Displays the status information.
Parent folder selector
Displays the hierarchy of the folder. Choose a folder from the list to open it.

Note - Press and hold Shift while choosing from the list to close the current folder as you open a new one.

Displaying the Home Folder in a Spatial Window

To display the Home folder, perform one of the following actions:

The spatial window displays the contents of the Home folder.

Displaying a Parent Folder

A parent folder is the folder that contains the current folder. To display the contents of the current folder's parent, perform one of the following actions:

Displaying a Folder in a Browser Window

You can display a single folder in browser mode while continuing to work in spatial mode.

How to Display a Folder in a Browser Window

  1. Select a folder while working in spatial mode.
  2. Choose File -> Browse Folder.

Closing Folders

Clicking the Close button to close folders might not be the most efficient way to close many windows. If you would like to view only the current folder and not the folders you opened to reach the current folder, choose File -> Close Parent Folders. If you want to close all folders on the screen, choose File -> Close All Folders.

Opening a Location

You can open a folder or other location in spatial mode by typing its name.

Choose File -> Open Location (L), and type the path or URI of the location you wish to open.