Special Nautilus Windows

As well as letting you view your files, Nautilus has a number of object modes. This is a complicated way of saying that Nautilus lets you view things other than files.

The most obvious example of this is the computer view of your file system, which presents an eagle's eye view of your storage devices. To access this view, click Places > Computer. If you have a picture card reader attached, it will appear here, as will any Windows partitions that may be on your hard disk. Double-clicking each item opens a standard Nautilus file browser window (for this to work with Windows partitions, they must be set up correctly, as described in the "Accessing Windows Files" section later in this chapter).

Another Nautilus object mode is the fonts view, which lets you see at a glance any fonts installed on your computer. To access fonts view, click Go > Location in any open Nautilus window, and then type fonts://.

Object mode comes into its own when viewing network locations. Clicking Places > Network Servers brings up the network browser view, for example. You can also browse to FTP sites by clicking Go > Location in a file browser window and entering an FTP address (prefacing it with ftp://; for example, to browse to ftp.suse.com, type ftp://ftp.suse.com).

â– Note You might be used to dragging-and-dropping files onto program windows or taskbar buttons within Windows in order to open the file. This works with only some programs within SUSE Linux. Generally, the best policy is to try it and see what happens. If the program starts but your file isn't opened, it obviously didn't work.

hidden files and directories

When you view your /home directory via Nautilus or Konqueror, you're not seeing every file that's there. Several hidden files and directories relating to your system configuration also exist. You can take a look at them by clicking View > Hidden Files in Nautilus, or View > Show Hidden Files in Konqueror. Clicking this option again will hide the files and directories.

You might notice something curious about the hidden items: they all have a period before their filenames. In fact, this is all that's needed to hide any file or directory: simply place a period at the front of the filename. There's no magic involved above and beyond this.

For example, to hide the file partypicture.jpg, you could simply right-click it and rename it .partypicture.jpg. You'll need to click the Reload button on the toolbar for the file view to be updated and for the file to disappear. As you might expect, removing the period will unhide the file.

Files are usually hidden for a reason, and it's no coincidence that most of the hidden files are system files. In addition, every program that you install, or is installed by default, will usually create its own hidden folder for its system configuration data. Deleting such files by accident can be catastrophic.

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