2.3. Using Nautilus
The graphical desktop includes a file manager called
Nautilus that gives you a graphical display
of your system and personal files. Nautilus
is designed to be much more than a visual listing of files, however. It
allows you to configure your desktop, configure your Red Hat Linux system,
browse your photo collection, access your network resources, and more
all from one integrated interface. In essence,
Nautilus becomes a
shell for your entire desktop experience.
Working in Nautilus is efficient and provides
an alternative to searching through the various sub-menus connected to
the or using a shell prompt to navigate the
file system. The following sections explain how to use the
Nautilus to enhance your desktop experience.
To start Nautilus as a file manager, double-click on
your home directory icon:
Once Nautilus appears, you can navigate
through your home directory or the rest of the file system. To return to
your home directory, click the Home button.
The browser window contains folders and files which you can drag with
your mouse to move and copy into new locations. You can open another
Nautilus window by selecting
=> . Once
you have another Nautilus window, you can
drag and drop files to different directories. By default, dragging a
file from one directory to another moves the file. To copy the file to
another directory, press the [Ctrl] key while dragging
and dropping the file.
By default, image files in your home directory will be seen as
thumbnails. For text files, this means you see a
portion of the actual text in the icon. For images, you see a
scaled-down (or thumbnail) version of the
image. To turn off this feature, select =>
. Select the
Preview tab, then select
Never in the drop down for Show
Thumbnails. Disabling this (and other) previewing feature
increases the speed of Nautilus.