2.2 Using Dolphin File Manager
With KDE 4, Dolphin has replaced Konqueror as the default file manager,
while Konqueror remains the default Web browser. For more information
about Konqueror as Web browser, see Section 19.0,
Browsing with Konqueror, (↑ Application Guide ). To
start Dolphin, click the card box icon in the panel or press Alt+F2 and enter
2.2.1 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 superordinate folder in a
crumb 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 left. 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
2.2.2 Managing Files and Folders
To perform actions like copying, moving, creating or deleting files, you
need appropriate permissions to the folders and files involved in your
Copying, Moving, or Delete Files or Folders
In order to select one or multiple files and folders in Dolphin, move
your mouse pointer over the file or folder but do not click. A green
cross appears on the upper-left edge. To select the file or folder now,
click the green cross icon. Alternatively, press
Ctrl and click the file or files. To deselect
again, click the red minus icon that appears if the object is currently
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 or press F10.
Enter a folder name in the new window and press
To insert the object you copied or cut in
, (↑ KDE Quick start ), 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
select 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.
2.2.3 Configuring Dolphin
Dolphin offers many options to adjust the view and the overall settings
according to your needs and wishes.
Changing the View
To toggle between the bread crumb view and the editable version of the
location bar, press
or click at the far right end of the location bar. Enter a path to a
directory by typing it in. After typing an address, press
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
, , or
in the toolbar. Dolphin remembers the
selected view for each folder. Alternatively, press Ctrl+1, Ctrl+2, or
to switch between the view modes. Click or
press 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
To make Dolphin also show hidden files, select or press Alt++.
To view more details about the files (like access permissions or
ownership), select and enable the
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.
The panel shows a tree view of the whole
file system 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
Changing Dolphin's Overall Behavior
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
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.