In this section each menu item in the GNOME File Manager will be described.
Tip: All menus in the GNOME File Manager are enabled with the tear-away feature. If you would like any menu to "float" on the desktop in its own window simply select the perforation line at the top of the menu.
File - The File Menu contains items associated with files and higher level activity.
New Window - This will open a new File Manager Window.
Open - This will open the file you have selected with your mouse cursor.
Copy - This will launch the Copy dialog to enable you to copy the selected file to a destination you choose.
Move - This will launch the Move/rename dialog to enable you to move or rename the selected file to a destination you choose.
Delete - This will delete the file you have selected.
Close - This will close the GNOME File Manager
Edit - The Edit menu contains items that are associated with editing and selecting files.
Select All - This will select all of the files in the directory you are currently in in the GNOME File Manager.
Select Files - This will launch a simple dialog box which will allow you to specify a file selection range. For Example, if you wish to select all files beginning with the letter D you can simple type d* and press OK.
Invert Selection - This will invert the current selection. For example, if you have 7 files selected in a directory with 10 files, selecting Invert Selection will select the three remaining files and unselect the 7 files that were previously selected.
Rescan Directory - This will rescan the current directory in case the files in the directory have changed.
Preferences - This will launch the Preferences dialog so that you can customize the GNOME File Manager.
Layout - This menu contains items that are associated with the layout in GNOME File Manager.
Sort By - This will launch a dialog box which will allow you to select how you wish the files to be sorted in the current directory. You may sort by one of the following:
Time Last Accessed
Time Last Modified
Time Last Changed
Filter View - This will bring up a simple dialog which allows you to only view files with certain attributes. For example, if you wish to only view files in the directory that start with the letter D you can type d* into the dialog and press OK. If you wish to see all files again you will need to launch the Filter View dialog again and clear the dialog or type in a *.
Icon View - Selecting this will display the files in the main view as large icons.
Partial View - Selecting this will display the files in the main view as a list with only file names.
Full View - Selecting this will display the files in the main view as a list with all file information.
Custom View - The Custom View mane item switches your view to the Custom View which is a list view displaying the information about your files that you specify. To customize the Custom view you will need to use the Custom View Editor in the Preferences dialog. You may read more about the Preferences dialog in the section called Changing Your Preferences in The File Manager.
Commands - The Command menu contains items that are commands to run on files in the GNOME File Manager.
Find File - Find File brings up a dialog which allows you to search for particular files on your system.
Edit mime types - This option will launch the GNOME Control Center Capplet that allows you to edit Mime Types for GNOME. Mime types determine, among other things, what application will handle particular file types. You can read more about mime types in the section called GNOME Mime Types in Chapter 10
Run Command - This menu item allows you to run a command from GMC.
Run Command in panel - This menu item lets you run preloaded commands or commands you specify within the directory that you are currently in. Such commands might be to find SUID or SGID programs, etc.
Exit - This will allow you to exit out of the GNOME File Manager.
IMPORTANT: This will exit all GNOME File Manager processes which include the GNOME Desktop. If you exit you will lose all functionality on your desktop. This option is not recommended.