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asked 2016-12-23 00:26:36 -0600

Adrian_Manea gravatar image

Hello everybody!

I'm a recent Mac-convert to Fedora 25 Workstation and there's one little feature that I used very often in macOS Finder that I would like to get back in Fedora if possible. That is file preview & info in the sidebar of the file manager. Many times I have books that are named weirdly and while keeping the preview open (to see the author & title), I renamed them accordingly. That's just one example, but overall, being able to have such a feature, namely a sidebar with a file preview (at least for text-based, PDFs and images), as well as the basic info would be great.

Is it possible? And if so, how? Please provide detailed explanation, since I'm not very familiar with the OS, although I love it and would like to learn more.


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answered 2016-12-24 06:56:11 -0600

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updated 2016-12-24 07:17:01 -0600

To the best of my knowledge - the default file explorer (nautilus) does not offer "preview" on the side-pane. The best you get is "thumbnails" in the main explorer window (which can be zoomed in on - but still not likely to help you). Another file manager may offer this, and there are many (try searching the Software application), or you can do what I do - open the item in the relevant viewer/editor application and then rename as appropriate (Linux will let you do this).

EDIT: I have just had a quick look in Software and Dolphin looks like it might meet your needs. F11 enables a preview pane that includes basic info and depending on the document type, allows an actual preview of the content - see Control -> Configure Dolphin -> General -> Previews check boxes as appropriate. I note that in my basic testing, PDFs were not included - but I have only glanced at this app and are by no-means an expert on it.

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Thanks. I've just installed Dolphin and yes, it does have a preview sidebar, with some useful info. Unfortunately, it does not work with PDFs, although it does with images and basic text files (txt, Markdown and LaTeX are some that I need and that do work). For any alternatives, including some tweaking, please come back, you or whoever can contribute. Thank you, happy holidays!

Adrian_Manea gravatar imageAdrian_Manea ( 2016-12-26 12:04:25 -0600 )edit

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