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Using Gnome 2.x to View Folders

Using Gnome to View Folders

The Gnome GUI includes similar functionality to the Microsoft Windows explorer to graphically represent and navigate around your computer's directory structure.


Viewing Files in Ubuntu

In Ubuntu, this can be accessed from the top panel "Places" menu. Once you click on "Places", the main directories under for your user (-i.e. under /home/<user>) will be displayed, plus links to the rest of the computer and remote folders on the network:

Places Menu

If you click on one of these folders, a window will open up displaying the contents of that folder. In the example below, there are three subfolders shown:

Sub folders

Note: the folder above is showing an Ubuntu One ribbon, which means it can be backed up to the web: see the Ubuntu One chapter for details of what this is and how to set it up.


Using the File Manager

Simply, double click a folder to display it's contents:

Folder Contents

The default is to display files and folders as icons as above; to display them in a list fashion , choose:

View → List

Change to List View

This will show you more information about the file, like it's size and the time/date it was last updated:

List View

Double-clicking a file will normally open it up in whatever application it was created in (-or run it, if it's an executable). If you right-click a file, you can do things like selecting which application is used to open the file, create a copy, rename it, delete it, etc:

Double-clicking a file will normally open it up in whatever application it was created in

Right Click Menu


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