Using the File Manager
With KDE 4, Dolphin has replaced Konqueror as the default file manager,
while Konqueror remains the default Web browser (refer to
Browsing the Internet). To start Dolphin, click the
card box icon in the panel or press Alt+F2 and enter dolphin.
Dolphin Main Window
The Dolphin main window consists of the following elements:
The menu bar holds menu items for actions like copying, moving, or
deleting files, changing views, starting additional tools, defining
your settings, and getting help.
The toolbar provides quick access to frequently used functions that
can also be accessed via the menu. If you hover the mouse pointer over
an icon, a short description is displayed.
The location bar displays the path to the current directory. It is
available in two versions: one shows the path to the current directory
with icons for every parent folder in a
view. Click any icon in the bread crumb view to change to that
directory. The second version of the location bar shows the path to
the current directory as a string of text you can edit.
By default, Dolphin shows only the panel on
the right. It allows quick access to some often used places like your
home directory, the /root directory of the file
system, the trash bin, or removable media. There are several other
panels you can add to the main window.
Display Field (Working Space):
The display field shows the contents of the selected directory or
file. By default, Dolphin displays the contents of your home directory
on start-up. Clicking a folder or file in Dolphin directly starts an
action: Dolphin loads the file into an application for further
processing or opens the folder.
Shows the file type and size of the currently selected object and the
available disk space
Managing Files and Folders with Dolphin
To perform actions like copying, moving, creating or deleting files,
you need appropriate permissions to the folders and files involved in
To copy, move, or delete a file or folder, proceed as follows:
In order to select one or multiple files and folders in Dolphin, move
your mouse over the icon but do not click. A green cross appears on
the upper-left edge. If you click on it, the icon is selected.
Alternatively, press Ctrl and click the file
Right-click and select or from the context menu.
Navigate to the destination folder in which to insert the object.
To create a new folder at the current location, select F10. Enter a folder name in the new window and press
To insert the object you copied or cut in
Step 2, right-click the destination
folder in the main display field and select .
The object is copied or moved there.
To delete a file or folder, right-click the object in the main
display field and select from the
context menu. The object is moved to the trash bin. From there, you
can restore it if necessary or delete the object irretrievably.
To quickly filter for certain filenames in the current directory, press
to add the input field to the bottom of the
Dolphin main window. Type any part of the filename you are searching
for to see all files in the current directory containing the search
string. For more detailed and advanced searches, press Ctrl+F to use
KFind. For more information, refer to
Dolphin offers many options to adjust the view and the overall settings
according to your needs and wishes.
Changing the View
To switch from the bread crumb view to the editable version of the
location bar, press F6. Enter a path to a directory
by typing it in. After typing an address, press
Enter or click on the background of the
To delete the contents of the location bar click the black
X symbol on the left. To switch back to the bread
crumb view, press Ctrl+L.
To change the view of the currently displayed folder, either click
F3 to view
the contents of the current folder in two separate columns. Now you
can navigate to a different directory in each column and easily drag
or drop objects or compare the contents of directories.
, , or
in the toolbar. Dolphin remembers the
selected view for each folder.
Click or press
To make Dolphin also show hidden files, select Alt++.
To view more details about the files (like access permissions or
the respective options.
To add further directories to the panel,
drag a folder from the working space to the
panel and drop it there. Right-click and use the context menu to
hide, edit or remove entries from .
If you want to add more panels to the main window, select
and select additional panels such as
, , or
The panel shows the properties and a
preview of the currently selected file. It also lets you add
comments to the file.
panel shows a tree view of the whole
and lets you navigate trough all subdirectories of
The panel attaches a command line to
the bottom of the main Dolphin window. Whenever you click a
directory in the display field, the
panel also changes to the according directory, so you can easily
switch to the command line for certain tasks you prefer to execute
in a shell.
You can even detach the panels from the main Dolphin window by clicking
the left icon at the top of each panel. Click the panel's title bar and
drag it to another place on the desktop. To reintegrate the panel into
the Dolphin window again, click the left symbol at the top of the panel
If you want to change Dolphin's overall behavior or view, select
and explore the options offered in the
Dolphin configuration dialog.
To use the same view mode for all folders, click in the left sidebar. Activate on the
tab. Adjust the options for the individual
view modes on the other tabs according to your wishes and click
to save the changes.
If you want Dolphin to show a different default directory on
start-up, or if you want to permanently use the editable location bar
instead of the bread crumb view, change the according options on the
Click to save the changes and to close the
Dolphin configuration dialog.