Konqueror as a File Manager

If you want to do file listing and file management graphically, Konqueror's file manager mode is powerful. It has the advantage that it can show you previews of at least some of the files as it lists them. (You can configure this behavior to some extent in Konqueror's Settings menu.) When selecting files, remember KDE's one-click interface: People who are used to Windows will tend to left-click a file and then act surprised when it opens in an application.

To use Konqueror as a file manager, the best plan is to use it with a split view (Window O Split View Left/Right). Then you can drag files from one pane to the other to move or copy them. When you drag a file, you are offered three options: Move here, Copy here, and Link here. If you hold down the Shift key while you drag, a move is forced. If you hold down the Control key while you drag the file, a copy action will be forced. In general, it is best to choose the keystroke in advance, which removes the risk that your click will open the file.

A right-click inside a directory brings up a menu that includes the ability to create new directories or files and operations on the selected file such as Copy to and Move to.

When used as a file manager, Konqueror has some nice features including several different "view" modes (from the main menu, View O View Mode). These include "Image View" (for viewing photos) and "File Size View," which represents the contents of a directory by blocks proportional to the file sizes. This is very useful for finding out what is taking up all the space on your hard disk. You can think of this as a kind of visual du command (see the section below on disk space usage).

As we have noted elsewhere, Konqueror displays files across the network and includes the ability to display files on a machine accessed by ssh as if they were local using something such as fish://[email protected] in the location bar.

In Konqueror, clicking an RPM file offers you the choice of installing it. Clicking a zip or tar archive seamlessly takes you inside it so that you can extract individual files.

r ■ -,. r ■- -■ For more discussion of Konqueror, see the "KDE" section of Chapter 8.

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