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    [SOLVED] default window exploring view - where to set?

    when I started using Ubuntu clicking "places" the Nautilus window was always split in a left pane with a main directory view and a right one with more details, like windows explorer

    I don't know what happened but this view type is gone; it's all one main window which is very unpractical

    I went over all settings and administration possibilities more than twice, but can't find where to reset this properly

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    Re: default window exploring view - where to set?

    Click on View, then check Side Pane.
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    Re: default window exploring view - where to set?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheUbGuy View Post
    Click on View, then check Side Pane.
    there's no "side pane" option...

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    Re: default window exploring view - where to set?

    Strange .... there is here,

    What about pressing F9 ?
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    Re: default window exploring view - where to set?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheUbGuy View Post
    Strange .... there is here,

    What about pressing F9 ?
    F9 + alt minimizes the window but just F9 does nothing

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    Re: default window exploring view - where to set?

    What options do you have under 'View'? What version of Ubuntu are your running?
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    Re: default window exploring view - where to set?

    Open gconf editor and drill down to:

    /apps/nautilus/preferences/

    There are settings for opening with the side pane there.


    If you still can't see it, it's possible the panel has shrunk and is all the way to the left. Try clicking on the left border and dragging to the rigth - that may 'expose' the side panel.
    Last edited by drs305; September 20th, 2008 at 01:08 PM.
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    Re: default window exploring view - where to set?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheUbGuy View Post
    What options do you have under 'View'? What version of Ubuntu are your running?
    stop (grayed out) - reload - reset view to defaults (doesn't do the trick) - show hidden files - arrange items - clean up by name (gray) - zoom in - zoom out - normal view - view as icons - view as list

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    Re: default window exploring view - where to set?

    Quote Originally Posted by drs305 View Post
    Try running these commands from metacity (gconf-editor)...
    before I do something stupid; that's typing commands in the terminal as sudo, right? (don't know metacity...)

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    Re: default window exploring view - where to set?

    Quote Originally Posted by lazylew View Post
    before I do something stupid; that's typing commands in the terminal as sudo, right? (don't know metacity...)
    I rewrote the previous entry to make you feel more comfortable. You open metacity in terminal with the command:
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    gconf-editor
    Then you expand the categories to find the settings you are looking for. In this case, go to: apps > nautilus > preferences

    There are entries for side_pane_view etc.

    There are tick-boxes. If you don't know what a setting it, highlight it and an explanation of what the setting does appears in the lower right pane.

    In that block, there are entries about if the nautilus side pane should appear and what it should look like. You don't need sudo since these will be effecting only your settings.

    You did the right thing about asking before doing something. If you aren't sure it's better to get clarification first.
    Last edited by drs305; September 20th, 2008 at 01:14 PM.
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