Using Gnome 2.x 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.
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:
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:
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.
Simply, double click a folder to display it's contents:
The default is to display files and folders as icons as above; to display them in a list fashion , choose:
View → List
This will show you more information about the file, like it's size and the time/date it was last updated:
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