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Chapter 6. Nautilus File Manager
Copyright and Legal Notice

6.12.e. Preview Preferences

The file manager include some file preview features. The preview features can affect the speed with which the file manager responds to your requests. You can modify the behavior of some of these features to improve the speed of the file manager. For each preview preference, you can select one of the options described in the following table:




Performs the action for both local files, and files on other file systems.

Local Files Only

Performs the action for local files only.


Never performs the action.

To set your preview preferences, choose Edit->Preferences. Click on the Preview tab dialog to display the Preview tabbed section.

Table 6.11, Preview Preferences lists the preview preferences that you can modify.

Table 6.11. Preview Preferences

Dialog Element


Show text in icons

Select an option to specify when to preview the content of text files in the icon that represents the file.

Show thumbnails

Select an option to specify when to show thumbnails of image files. The file manager stores the thumbnail files for each folder in a .thumbnails directory in the user's Home Folder.

Only for files smaller than

Specify the maximum file size for files for which the file manager creates a thumbnail.

Preview sound files

Select an option to specify when to preview sound files.

Count number of items

Select an option to specify when to show the number of items in folders. When in icon view, you might need to increase your zoom level to see the number of items in each folder.

(Next: Extending Nautilus)


Chapter 6. Nautilus File Manager
Table of Contents

6.1. Introduction
       6.1.a. File Manager Functionality
       6.1.b. File Manager Presentation

6.2. Spatial Mode
       6.2.a. Spatial Windows
       6.2.b. Spatial Window Components
       6.2.c. Displaying Your Home Folder in a Spatial Window
       6.2.d. Displaying a Parent Folder
       6.2.e. Closing Folders
       6.2.f. Displaying a Folder in a Browser Window
       6.2.g. Opening a Location

6.3. Browser Mode
       6.3.a. The File Browser Window
       6.3.b. Showing and Hiding File Browser Window Components
       6.3.c. Using the Location Bar
       6.3.d. Displaying Your Home Folder
       6.3.e. Displaying a Folder
       6.3.f. Displaying a Parent Folder
       6.3.g. Using the Tree From the Side Pane
       6.3.h. Using Your Navigation History

6.4. Opening Files
       6.4.a. Executing the Default Action
       6.4.b. Executing Non-Default Actions
       6.4.c. Adding Actions
       6.4.d. Modifying Actions

6.5. Searching For Files
       6.5.a. Saving Searches

6.6. Managing Your Files and Folders
       6.6.a. Using Views to Display Your Files and Folders
       6.6.b. Selecting Files and Folders
       6.6.c. Drag-and-Drop in the File Manager
       6.6.d. Moving a File or Folder
       6.6.e. Copying a File or Folder
       6.6.f. Duplicating a File or Folder
       6.6.g. Creating a Folder
       6.6.h. Templates and Documents
       6.6.i. Renaming a File or Folder
       6.6.j. Moving a File or Folder to Trash
       6.6.k. Deleting a File or Folder
       6.6.l. Creating a Symbolic Link to a File or Folder
       6.6.m. Viewing the Properties of a File or Folder
       6.6.n. Changing Permissions
       6.6.o. Adding Notes to Files and Folders
       6.6.p. Using Bookmarks For Your Favorite Locations
       6.6.q. Using Trash
       6.6.r. Hidden Files

6.7. Item Properties

6.8. Modifying the Appearance of Files and Folders
       6.8.a. Icons and Emblems
       6.8.b. Changing the Icon for a File or Folder
       6.8.c. Adding an Emblem to a File or Folder
       6.8.d. Creating a New Emblem
       6.8.e. Changing Backgrounds

6.9. Using Removable Media
       6.9.a. To Mount Media
       6.9.b. To Display Media Contents
       6.9.c. To Display Media Properties
       6.9.d. To Format a Floppy Disk
       6.9.e. To Eject Media

6.10. Writing CDs or DVDs
       6.10.a. Creating Data Discs
       6.10.b. Copying CDs or DVDs
       6.10.c. Creating a Disc from an Image File

6.11. Navigating Remote Servers
       6.11.a. To Access a remote server
       6.11.b. To Access Network Places
       6.11.c. Accessing Special URI Locations

6.12. Nautilus Preferences
       6.12.a. Views Preferences
       6.12.b. Behavior Preferences
       6.12.c. Display Preferences
       6.12.d. List Columns Preferences
       6.12.e. Preview Preferences (you are here)

6.13. Extending Nautilus
       6.13.a. Nautilus Scripts
       6.13.b.Nautilus Extensions

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