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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

Extending the File Manager

The file manager can be extended in two main ways. Through the file manager extensions and scripts.


The file manager can run scripts written in any scripted language capable of being executed on the computer. Scripts are typically simpler in operation than full the file manager extensions. To run a script, choose File -> Scripts, and then choose the script that you want to run from the submenu.

To run a script on a particular file, select the file in the view pane. Choose File -> Scripts, and then choose the script that you want to run on the file from the submenu. You can also select multiple files to run your scripts on. You might also access scripts from the context menu.

Note - If you do not have any scripts installed, the script menu will not appear.

Installing File Manager Scripts

The file manager includes a special folder where you can store your scripts. All executable files in this folder appear in the Scripts menu. The script folder is located at $HOME/.gnome2/nautilus-scripts.

To install a script, copy the script to the script folder and assign the user executable permission.

To view the contents of your scripts folder, choose File -> Scripts -> Open Scripts Folder. Navigate to the scripts folder using the file manager if you do not yet have any scripts. If you need to show hidden files to show the script, choose View -> Show Hidden Files.

Writing File Manager Scripts

When executed from a local folder, scripts will be passed the selected file names. When executed from a remote folder, scripts will be passed no parameters.

The following table shows variables passed to the script.

Environment Variable
Newline-delimited paths for selected files (only if local)
Newline-delimited URIs for selected files
URI for current location
Position and size of current window


The file manager extensions are installed by the system administrator.

Some popular file manager extensions include:

Note - You must install the nautilus-open-terminal extension to use the Open Terminal command.