Playing with desktop icons

Your initial desktop icons form a vertical line along the top left of your screen (refer to Figure 6-1). In order from top to bottom:

1 Computer: Opens the Nautilus file manager (see Chapter 10) with a list of your CD-ROM drive(s), hard drive(s), and more.

1 Home: Opens the Nautilus browser (Chapter 10) with your home directory's contents displayed.

1 Trash: A GNOME shortcut that opens the Nautilus file manager to the Trash folder, which contains files that you dragged into it because you weren't sure if you wanted to delete them or not.

To use the trashcan, drag into it any files you want to delete. Later, if you're sure that you want to be rid of them, you can empty the trash in one of three ways:

1 Empty the entire contents by right-clicking the trashcan icon and choosing Empty Trash from the context menu. When asked for confirmation, click Empty.

1 Open the trashcan by double-clicking the icon. Then delete the entire contents of the trashcan by choosing FileOEmpty Trash.

1 Open the trashcan by double-clicking the icon. To delete an individual item from the Trash, right-click it to pull up the Trash context menu, and choose Delete From Trash from the pop-up menu. When asked whether you're sure, click the Delete button to finish the job.

You can select more than one item by holding the Ctrl key to individually select them even if they're not next to each other; holding the Shift key to select a range of items; or left-clicking and then dragging to collect all the items that are in a box together.

1 Another way to remove items from the trashcan is to delete them manually from ~/.Trash.

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