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F18 how to access nautilus preferences?

asked 2013-06-03 09:58:35 -0500

Michaelangelo gravatar image

updated 2013-06-03 23:12:15 -0500

FranciscoD_ gravatar image

I'm trying to open up an executable file by double clicking. My previous question was closed and the ONLY other question doesn't have a satisfactory answer. (Untested script). In fact the only satisfactory answer was from a user with F17...which doesn't help.

I open nautilus (files), to see my home screen. Now. How the heck do I get to preferences? Because there's nothing in the top left or right that says "Preferences". (Even if I right click).

...Found it. >> Not the top left of the window. The top left of the desktop screen... all the way top left where the open application displays. closes question

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Mark the answer properly then. Click on the thick mark to the left of the skytux's answer. Just below the down arrow/shevron.

Bucic gravatar imageBucic ( 2013-06-03 13:58:25 -0500 )edit

that is my answer... you didn't even read it hahaa :)

skytux gravatar imageskytux ( 2013-06-03 20:06:03 -0500 )edit

Sorry skytux I hadn't even seen your answer XD

Michaelangelo gravatar imageMichaelangelo ( 2013-06-04 14:44:07 -0500 )edit

@Crypt_Heart no problem, I was just kidding :)

skytux gravatar imageskytux ( 2013-06-04 14:48:55 -0500 )edit

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answered 2013-06-03 10:05:48 -0500

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If you are running Gnome 3, then click in the Nautilus icon next to Activities (actually it says Files) and you will find the preferences dialog there. Good luck :)


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Yeah... I'd clearly missed the word Activities >.<; I wasn't looking at the desktop window but the files window itself (it wasn't maximised).

Michaelangelo gravatar imageMichaelangelo ( 2013-06-04 14:45:48 -0500 )edit

answered 2013-06-03 19:47:00 -0500

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IMO, Nautilus has seen many confusing changes in the latest release.

When you open a Nautilus window, the conventional menu "File, Edit, View etc" is gone and replaced with a settings gear to your right. I think that is a nice change, BUT, there is an other place where you must also look (which I find super confusing).

Try clicking on the "Files" text that appears on the upper left hand side (beside activities).

I hope this confusion is addressed in subsequent releases. Having two such menus is super confusing.

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I agree. I'd rather have all the settings in one place. I do think it'll improve in future releases though.

FranciscoD_ gravatar imageFranciscoD_ ( 2013-06-03 23:11:25 -0500 )edit

answered 2013-06-03 23:05:12 -0500

FranciscoD_ gravatar image

updated 2013-06-03 23:09:22 -0500

From Gnome3 on wards, most of the applications have their menus in the top bar, where the application name is mentioned.

Here's a screen shot to clarify:

Nautilus preferences

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