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 openning a new tabs is mach faster and intuative if you see a little '+' butto Written by arkashkin the 14 Dec 09 at 19:43. Not an idea Opening alot of terminal windows is really confusing and the same for alot of Nautilus windows. Opening a new tab is not very fast task because you need to choose an option from a menu.
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Solution #1: Adding tabs with a '+' button like in Firefox.
Written by arkashkin the 14 Dec 09 at 19:43.
In firefox there is a little '+' sign button wich opens a new tab where you press it. Both Nautilus and Terminal support tabs, but it is really anoying to open them throught a menu.
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Solution #2: Unify tab-interfaces across the OS
Written by Otus the 15 Dec 09 at 09:17.
There are also other important differences:

In Firefox and Nautilus you can open a new tab with Ctrl+T, in Gnome Terminal you need to use Ctrl+Shift+T, while in gedit you use Ctrl+N. In Firefox you can close tabs by middle clicking them, in Nautilus, gedit or terminal you cannot.

Tabs should be both visually and functionally similar across the OS.

Copy the tab behavior of Firefox (familiar to most) to Nautilus, gedit and terminal as well as any other default apps that use tabs. Push for a shared tabbing library or create guidelines for tab use to developers.
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Solution #3: Solution #2, but minus a few applications
Written by sephthir the 15 Dec 09 at 23:47.
I agree that a unified tab-interface style across the OS would be useful, but there are some technical difficulties to certain programs, such as gnome-terminal. The reason that it is ctrl-shift-t to open a new tab is because a terminal application may handle ctrl-t already. Past a few apps like this, it would be useful.

Also unified should be the ctrl-tab (next tab), ctrl-shift-tab (prev. tab), and alt-# (go to tab number #) shortcuts, as they are quite helpful but not all applications support them.
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Solution #4: Implement tabs in the window manager
Written by saftaplan the 21 Dec 09 at 22:35.
... and remove them from the applications. No more implementing tabs (badly) over and over again in every application. Tabs are useful in most multiple document applications. And yeah, add a little plus.

See the 2 comments or propose a solution (latest comment the 16 Jul 12 at 14:00) >>

 Easy mounting of Images like ISO and CUE Written by Nanotron the 28 Feb 08 at 20:17. Implemented I'm a big fan of Images like .iso. However it is not very easy to mount these Images. Developer comments There is already right click->open with "archive mounter" in Gnome, however it currently has a major bug: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/gvfs/+bug/299956
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Selected solution (#1): Auto-generated solution of idea #194
Written by Nanotron the 28 Feb 08 at 20:17.
I feel there should be a Tool in Nautilus and Dolphin which allows mounting Images by double Click or something similar. (This feature exists int MacOS). Or with a right click on the I think that would be a very useful Tool for every one.
A good example for this is CDemu.

I know there are some other good programs, but I think that would be the easiest way
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Selected solution (#2): "Mount Image" avaiable in Right-Click Menu
Written by Bender2k14 the 26 Jan 09 at 04:42.
I should be able to right-click a disk image and select "Mount Image" in the context-sensitive section (just as right-clicking on a disk image provides the "Write to Disk..." option).
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Selected solution (#3): Spruce up gisomount and extend
Written by cbx33 the 20 Mar 09 at 12:22.
Gisomount was created to make this an easy process. It needs a little love and attention, but offered things like md5sum browsing etc. Would make a good GSoC project.
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Selected solution (#4): gmount-iso
Written by markoresko the 13 May 09 at 08:35.
I use Gmount-iso to do just that.
sudo apt-get install gmountiso

But I also think that it could be more obvious to do that etc.
Maybe Gmount-iso should be available by default, under right-click on images, like proposed.
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Selected solution (#6): Make it possible to mount ISO image from CLI w/o root access
Written by mikaelstaldal the 20 Oct 09 at 12:14.
Also make it possible to mount ISO images from command line without root (sudo) access.
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Selected solution (#7): Solution #3: Mount it automatically once the user double-clicks the ISO file
Written by dexter_greycells the 24 Oct 09 at 07:41.
When the user selects the ISO file (through the keyboard arrow keys, Tab key or a single click) in nautilus a pop-up should come up asking the user to 'Double-click' the ISO file to mount it.
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Selected solution (#8): Okay, here it is :)
Written by r0g the 28 Oct 09 at 05:09.
In the form of a python script for nautilus actions.

http://www.technicalbloke.com/iso_mount.py

I don't have time to do the unmount command too but it should be easy to adapt if you know a little python, consider that homework & pls post me a copy :)

I think it would be nice if Ubuntu came with some more useful nautilus action scripts and a nicer way of adding/removing them. At the moment getting them in and out is more of a pain than it needs to be. It ought to be as easy as Firefox (if not easier!) to install plugins, maybe then people would make more.

Roger.
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Selected solution (#9): Drag *.iso icon onto computer/desktop/places
Written by Lachu the 28 Oct 09 at 11:56.
Automatically mount *.iso files dragged onto computer window/desktop/places menu.

See the 65 comments or propose a solution (latest comment the 31 May 12 at 02:44) >>

 Auto unmount after copy finished Written by marlinc the 12 Mar 12 at 22:54. New I was thinking about a way to make Nautilus automaticlly unmount a USB-drive after a copy finished
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Solution #1: Checkbox
Written by marlinc the 12 Mar 12 at 22:54.
You could make a little checkbox in the bottom that says: Automatically unmount after copy
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Solution #2: Smarter unmount
Written by AmanicA the 20 Mar 12 at 11:50.
I think if the user tries to unmount a device that is in use it should tell you what is using it and in the case of active copy processes, it should give you an estimate time until the unmounting or progressbar and allow you to cancel.
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Solution #3: Add an action queue
Written by snecci the 8 Apr 12 at 13:46.
Add actions to a queue, so you can add "copy file" and then "unmount".

See the 4 comments or propose a solution (latest comment the 12 Apr 12 at 07:59) >>

 A way to open windows which were accidentally closed Written by Gaz Davidson the 19 Feb 10 at 13:21. Not an idea Firefox and Chrome both have a wonderful feature where you can open a recently closed tab by pressing CTRL+Shift+T, I sometimes find myself pressing it in other applications after closing a window. It would be nice if it was supported outside the browser.
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Solution #1: Implement CTRL+Shift+T or similar in Nautilus
Written by Gaz Davidson the 19 Feb 10 at 13:21.
Have Nautilus remember which windows have recently been closed so it can open them again in response to a specific key combination.

Ctrl+Shift+T would be an ideal default
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Solution #2: Same as #1, but with all windows and apps
Written by forteller the 19 Feb 10 at 22:07.
Yes.
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Solution #3: Close button.
Written by Lachu the 20 Feb 10 at 15:14.
Change behavior of close button. It should only minimize "closed window" for 10 seconds. After that the window could been closed.

This change should only change way of informing window with DestroyNotify. I don't know how change behavior of main windows of applications.
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Solution #4: Extend session support of application
Written by Lachu the 21 Feb 10 at 12:27.
Extend way how application supports sessions. There should exist signals, like HIBERNATE(save session) to file, RESTORE SESSION from file, etc.

Window Managers could use this feature to achieve idea goal, but not all application could been integrated. The behavior is: give application order to save session in $HOME/.sessions-tmp/$CURRENT_DATE/pid/WINDOWID(or whole session if user wanna to close application instead of window).

To restore window, WM's will give only the same location with signal RESTORE.
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Solution #5: 'Recently Closed' tray
Written by Afroman10496 the 21 Feb 10 at 23:52.
Put a recently closed tray next to the workspace applet that holds the last three (changeable by the user) windows that you closed in the state they were in when you closed it, showing when it was closed and a screenshot of it when you closed it. Clicking on it should open a menu showing options to open, close, minimize, maximize, move, or move it to another workspace.
http://yfrog.com/juscreenshotckp
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Solution #6: Allow applications to register that they can be resumed.
Written by Darwin Survivor the 23 Feb 10 at 00:02.
When an application closes, it would have the ability to "register" with the window manager that it is now closing and can be resumed by executing .

The window manager is now in complete control over whether or not to offer the session to the user.

This would allow:
-any app to be written to allow session resuming
-the app can de-register itself if the user resumes or creates a new session
-the app actually closes (no sleeping or anything)
-the user could chose how many "closes" to remember (wm disregards anything older)
-backwards compatible (would not affect apps that don't implement it)
-apps that already have a resume command don't need to change their switches (they tell the wm what to call)
-apps could create numerous sessions by registering with different commands (ex: app --resume )
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Solution #7: Add Option to 'protect' window (prevent from accidental closing)
Written by rayken_wong the 15 Apr 10 at 23:37.
In the right click drop down menu (ie the one w/ the always on top option) add an option whereby the close button is disabled
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Solution #8: History of recent closed windows.
Written by Lachu the 1 May 10 at 14:52.
Add history of recent closed applications/windows. If application don't be integrated, the window would been added to recent closed. Applications, like OpenOffice, which asks user to close window can remove own windows from history. Also, integrated application can inform WM's that it supports signals to reopen window.

See the 19 comments or propose a solution (latest comment the 26 Dec 11 at 18:31) >>

 the Future nautilus   No information about this blueprint Information is updated every 5 minutes. Please wait till the next update. Written by Shady3D the 30 Oct 09 at 18:53. Not an idea nautilus sucks and something needs to be done, and now let me point to the key points that make it suck. 1. slow startup, comparing windows with nautilus explorer opens faster than nautilus 2. cluttered, too many buttons that hurts the eye and wasted space 3. library, a library feature can be very important in the near future as i will explain in the solution. 4. no eye-candy, the user should impressed by Ubuntu and the current nautilus don't accomplish that. 5. ease of use, by making mass renaming easy, opening as an administrator, set as background ...etc
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Solution #1: Speedy Startup
Written by Shady3D the 30 Oct 09 at 18:53.
there is nothing to explain here, just find what is making Nautilus slow and eliminate it
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Solution #2: MySimplified Nautilus
Written by Shady3D the 30 Oct 09 at 19:02.
this is my version of simplified Nautilus

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Solution #3: Libraries Feature + Solution #22
Written by Shady3D the 30 Oct 09 at 19:15.
i think libraries exceed the idea that Microsoft done, its more powerful than that, so let me explain uses of library

Case (1): i use Dropbox for file sharing and ubuntuOne and Document are located under ~/Documents so what is the solution to make this? every one will say links links is good but at some point this becomes very bad, if you want to share some docs on UbuntuOne and the other on Dropbox also if you have some documents spread out on other places like external HDD it would be problematic to update links manually.

Case (2): better suited for the cloud, imagine if you could just open your Facebook or Picasa images from nautilus how this would be done, this should work the same way with the availability of the API (and there is a project dedicated for that called "DataPortability Project")

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Solution #4: Eye-Candy using Gloobus
Written by Shady3D the 30 Oct 09 at 19:27.
gloobus is a pretty-good project and its progressing very well, so i think its the best candidate available.

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Solution #5: Eye-Candy by Grabbing Movie Posters and Album Cover
Written by Shady3D the 30 Oct 09 at 19:38.
this solution should be available but NOT enable by default, this can make Ubuntu looks very beautiful, by enabling this feature it will see if the folder is named Movies and then its grabs the poster, and if the folder is named Music it will change every folder with the album cover or if its a band it will be the band picture.

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Solution #6: We should impress the users.
Written by azhar the 30 Oct 09 at 22:19.
Truth be told, for the majority of people, Linux distros is equal to CLI.
Now, we all know that's false... But, yet, the majority of people do think so...

You know, in my opinion.... I think when someone has a look at a Linux Distro(in that case Ubuntu), he should feel like he wants to embrace the free community at once. What I mean to say, is, that he should be soooo impressed by the background, the Toolbars' design, and the feel in general, that he wishes to go OpenSource almost instantly, and, MOST IMPORTANTLY, this discriminate view against Linux Distros should disappear immediately in his mind.

Now, how do we achieve this??
Its all about the UI.
We should have glassy, and glossy toolbars. And, it should be in very vibrant and lively, and cool colours. It shouldn't be some dull, dark black, or I don't know what colour. It should appeal to the user. It should feel fresh! :)

Moreover, the icons should be stylishly designed. Very beautifully designed. Very trendy, and cool. Again, something that appeals to the user. And not some 2-D clunky and dull-looking icons.

The time has come to show people that the open-communtiy has great resources and talents! Its time to show people that we have taste, not only for stability, or security, even though these are essential components of an OS, but that we also have exquisite taste when it comes to the UI.

From the moment the user log into his account, to the moment he logs out, he should feel he is in the best OS. He should be excited to explain to his other friends how cool and beautifully designed his OS is. Even the logon tone should be classy. In my opinion, of the best tones is the BOREALIS set.

Come'on guys! Lets show to teh world that the OpenSource community has some great talents!! And has exquisite taste!
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Solution #7: Add search button connected to console.
Written by Lachu the 31 Oct 09 at 08:26.
Add search button on top of Nautilus window. It will search in man for commands operates on files. The main problem is that man is not fully readable by computer, but text style in man pages are very semantically.

People needs similar thinks to Ubiquity Mozilla's project on file management. It would be great if I can input backup, select "cp -b " command and check all files in checkbox. In next step I can save some settings of this dialog, set name and put generated button on the panel. When this button is clicked similar dialog will been displayed, but option all files could be checked(if I decided that on dialog creating process).

Second cases: Mathew needs to backup files from current directory onto CD. He only input burn and he got option like brasero or CLI commands to burning files. He only select some cli command and drag files to burn or select all files checkbox.
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Solution #8: Ease of Use (Undo, Rename, Admin, Background)
Written by Shady3D the 31 Oct 09 at 12:42.
ease of use include having options available like "open as admin", "set as background", and the most important one "UNDO"

another important feature is Mass Renaming without using extra applications, and one of the ways to do that is by
1. selecting the files/folders
2. right-click to rename the first element
3. rename like you are renaming a regular file BUT include special characters like # for numbering, ex: # >> 0, 1, 2 but ## >> 00, 01, 02
4. click enter and nautilus will rename the other files

extra commands like converting to uppercase just type UPPERCASE and it will automatically convert them without renaming them, lowercase, switch between space to underscore, and all this cane be can be done the same way.
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Solution #9: Uniform icon size
Written by robinparriath the 1 Nov 09 at 14:25.
Uniform icon size would really improve the arrangement of icons on screen.

Say, you have 3 pdfs, 2 movies and 4 folders in a folder. The overall arrangement in Nautilus helps in identifying which is which, but at the cost of neatness.

I propose and upper limit for the icon size, that can be set through the options in shady3d's solution #2
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Solution #10: Integrating Gnome Do with Ubuntu
Written by foplat the 4 Nov 09 at 07:01.
I've read the solutions provided above and I also think that Nautilus's UI should be renewed, or creating a new way to browse through files and folders.

My solution includes solutions #1 and #6 but also this: how about also including Gnome Do (http://do.davebsd.com/) program along with the Ubuntu and #1 and #6? It is a powerful tool that provides easy access not only to files and folders but also to search results, microblogging, e-mail etc. It is inspired by Quicksilver from Macs. Here is a presentation video of the Quicksilver, since Gnome Do is very, very similar program. http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=8493378861634507068#
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Solution #11: Easier "paste into directory"
Written by Leopard2A5 the 5 Nov 09 at 07:23.
When i have files on the clipboard and i want to paste them into a folder that's too full (so that there's no unused space between the last file and the window border) i have to move one folder upwards and then right-click and click "paste into folder".

It's way more intuitive to just right-click anywhere in the target folder (as long as you don't right-click a contained folder) and hit "paste". (Windows does it that way).

I love linux, but i always thought this is a disadvantage compared to Windows.
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Solution #12: Navigation more similar to the Windows explorer
Written by Leopard2A5 the 5 Nov 09 at 08:17.
I know, nautilus is not the windows explorer, but even this bit of software has some nice features, i'm referring to the feature in the "path-bar" in which you can change the directory of any element in the path with a drop-down list.

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Solution #13: Specific "Explorer" features
Written by ElliottCB the 5 Nov 09 at 11:42.
There is a lot of functionality buried in Windows Explorer, in particular in the area of Shell Extensions. I happen to have done some development in this area and would be interested to know if it could be done (or has been done!) in Ubuntu. I might suggest the following specific features:

1) Allow the customisation of a specific directory and/or its sub-directories by the inclusion of a format file. Explorer does this with an HTM file. We might prefer XML. At any rate, it would be a flexible way to specify a background image, fonts, icons, buttons to start actions and so forth. Just put a file with a specified name (e.g. "customise.xml") in the directory with some tags saying what colours, fonts and so on should be applied.

2) An extension type to modify the context menu on a file or directory on-the-fly. For instance, you could modify the behaviour of text files globally or in a directory by adding an option to the context menu which invokes a library function to XML-transform it then open it in Firefox. Or whatever. "Owner-draw" context menus would enable you to actually put pictures or formatted text in the menu itself.

3) Extensions to modify the pop-up tips on a file type - again, globally or by directory. (Perhaps in "customise.xml"...) A picture file could have a picture pop-up, for instance, or a summary of the EXIF data.

4) A namespace extension to allow one to drill down into files the way one can browse ZIP files in Explorer.

5) A namespace extension to allow one to add a panel to the files view in which file content or properties can be shown

6) Drag-Drop handler extensions to allow modification of the way files behave when dropped one on the other. Photoshop "Droplets" might be a good model - you can drop a batch of pictures on a little file and the operations it defines will be applied to the picture.

And a non-Explorer suggestion:

x) A reg-ex enabled filter to hide/show or select/unselect heterogeneous selections of files.

Excuse me if I'm re-inventing an old Ubuntu wheel. These are my first hours here!

This is a lot of work, but I think the various elements could be cleanly decoupled. The role of the XML file in applying extensions locally or conditionally might need some thought.
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Solution #14: Just sort out the bugs and issues
Written by nlao the 5 Nov 09 at 14:10.
Here is my tuppence worth of ideas, but I think fixing missing simple user enhancements and soem bugs would go a long way to making it better.

Here are a couple that really annoy me, I expect there are others.

Adding in features like "view as thumbnails" per folder would go a long way to helping make it better.

Icon placement on Desktop, this really really needs sorting. There is not a structured grid for icons, some end up close to others whilst others are miles away and dragging them around come to nothing they still end up looking like a jumble. Further to this is the placement of removable media icons. These really should not be over other icons on the desktop.
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Solution #15: Single window
Written by biffen the 5 Nov 09 at 15:46.
Opening a directory from anywhere outside of nautilus should open it in a new tab in an existing nautilus window (if there is one, otherwise open a new one, of course).

Opening multiple windows should of course still be possible. (Think Firefox.)

This behaviour would of course be optional (but default?) by settings.

How this would work when there is already more than one window open, is an other question.
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Solution #16: Switch to KDE and use real tools like Dolphin
Written by young the 6 Nov 09 at 14:03.
The title says it all. Nautilus has no future. It's a mess.
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Solution #17: tabs
Written by alkx4444 the 6 Nov 09 at 22:42.
there should be a new tab button ans-well as the right click open in new tab button, the new tab button (if added) should open the home folder as default. or, the home button could open in a new tab as default.
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Solution #18: Improved address bar
Written by Mirek2 the 7 Nov 09 at 11:42.
The address bar has an enormous amount of potential, and while browsers are experimenting with ways to get the most use out of them as possible, file managers are lagging behind.
We could use the address bar for (just brainstorming):
1. Search (like Google Chrome's omnibar)
2. Getting to locations quickly (like in Firefox and Chrome: when you type "X11", for instance, a drop-down would suggest "/usr/bin/X11")
3. Terminal commands
4. Custom commands (for example, "Search web ", "E-mail ", or "New ")
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Solution #19: Solution 8 + a few more things
Written by Mirek2 the 7 Nov 09 at 12:12.
In addition to the mass rename in solution 8, there should be:
1. An unintrusive balloon showing the different special characters (# or %n for number, %m for month, 0d for day in two digits, %r(text to replace, text replaced with) for replace, etc.)
2. A more-clearly-explained dialog window (perhaps similar to Total Commander's, which has done a really good job with mass renaming)
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Solution #20: Miller Columns
Written by Mirek2 the 7 Nov 09 at 12:23.
Simply implement a "Columns" view similar to that in KDE's Dolphin and Mac OS Finder.
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Solution #21: A clipboard section in the sidebar
Written by Mirek2 the 7 Nov 09 at 13:06.
All the files cut or copied from any application would appear in this section. It could hold multiple files, so if I dragged an image in, then a document, then an image, it would hold all of these.
(Paste would apply to only the last one cut/copied.)
Use cases:
1) Instead of cut/move, the user can drag-and-drop a file into the section.
2) Instead of paste, the user can drag-and-drop a file from the section to paste it to a folder.
3) To create a text file: I can copy text from anywhere, have that appear in this sidebar, and drag it to the place to create a text file.
4) Instead of save: I can copy an image from Firefox, have that appear in this sidebar, and drag it to the place I want to have it.
Kind of a variation on the Clipboard/Shelf, but maybe doesn't have too many advantages to require an implementation. If someone wants to brainstorm more on this, they're welcome.
Perhaps a better thing would be a system-wide revision of the Clipboard.
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Solution #22: Drop GNOME virtual FS libraries and extend FUSE.
Written by Lachu the 8 Nov 09 at 21:56.
There should be a standard to describe FS facilities, like additional actions to perform.

It could been described in .desktop file generated by VFS application. Nautilus and other file managers should read this information.
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Solution #23: Mousegesture Navigation
Written by paulinakrinke the 9 Nov 09 at 10:14.
Would like to have an possibility to navigate through nautilus, like gestikk http://gestikk.reichbier.de/downloads/
or the firegstures add on in firefox.

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Solution #24: Middle click closes tab
Written by Gusiluz the 9 Nov 09 at 12:15.
Middle click opens tab, middle click closes tab. Option not to show close button.
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Solution #25: Let users choose their file browser
Written by FiP the 9 Nov 09 at 15:05.
Find a way to make the switch from one file browser to another as simple as possible.

Casual users will be happy with Nautilus, advanced user will be able to use thunar/xfe/etc, and never see Nautilus again.
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Solution #26: Nautilus opens multiple windows of same directory
Written by sirish.gauni the 10 Nov 09 at 08:00.
When the user tries to open a directory which is already open, mautilus opens a new separate window for that directory. This causes too many windows being open and causes confusion to the user. Instead when the user tries to open a directory which is already open, Nautilus should highlight the already existing window of that directory instead of opening a new window. Add an option to nautilus so that the user can open multiple windows of the same directory if he/she wants to.
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Solution #27: Customize the Sidebar module-like
Written by Leopard2A5 the 11 Nov 09 at 13:19.
It'd be cool if you could have not only let's say "places" in your sidebar, but also let's say the "tree" view. The user should be able to put any combination of modules into his sidebar. Here's a mockup of how i think this could look:

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Solution #28: Add some useful features from other FMs
Written by Softwayer the 11 Nov 09 at 17:41.
There are a lot of good file managers. And it's good to add some features from them. For example: built-in FTP client with support of Active and Passive modes both; file info on hover (like in Win#ow$Explorer); editable toolbars; two panels feature (feature of making a tab a panel); image previews on sidebar. -41 votes Solution #29: Add open new virtual desktop button Written by Lachu the 13 Nov 09 at 07:56. I wish be able open new virtual desktop from file manager. After that, Nautilus window would been see on Nautilus desktop and just created virtual desktop. It was connected to my work - i organize my documents into directories contains specify project files. Opening new desktop from file manager could be a great feature! 85 votes Solution #30: Make Nautilus (>K) more object oriented... Written by r0g the 13 Nov 09 at 12:50. Nautilus is not object oriented, neither is GTK really and it shows. The same objects are represented multiple times in the UI but their context menus are inconsistent e.g. your drives are represented in the left pane AND on the desktop (which nautilus maintains) but only one of the has "properties" on its context menu. The default policy seems to be properties must be deliberately made available by developers rather than everything is available by default and developers can make exclusions. Sadly this problem extends to the rest of GTK. Which columns of metadata are displayed in open/save dialog boxes is down to the developer not the user. What options are available when you right click an item in an open/save dialog are decided by hundreds of app developers, who more often than not just go with the GTK defaults. This just bakes in inflexibility and prevents useful options trickling down like they do in Windows... I know this might sound a little obscure so here's an example... Say I wanted to save a file "bananas.jpg" but I had already created a file called "bananas.jpg" earlier and rather than overwrite it I wanted to rename it "bananas.old" before saving the new copy as "bananas.jpg"... In Windows I can rename the file there and then in the save box. In Gnome I'd have to fire up a copy of Nautilus, navigate to the exact same location, Rename the file and then close Nautilus. [...] This is VERY frustrating and I can think of many MANY similar cases. At the end of the day GTK should have far better default open/save dialogs which offer the same functionality as Nautilus, this leads naturally to the idea that GTK should make the standard open/save dialogs plugins so Nautilus or Thunar or whatever can take responsibility for them. Nautilus should also be made more consistent. If you see an icon representing a disk you should, by default, have access to all it's properties. It ought to remain possible to exclude context items appearing but this should be the exception rather than the rule, the user is best placed to decide which properties are important. As to the issue of UI clutter, that cannot justify such restrictions. If clutter is liable to become an issue (and I do see it on peoples Windows Explorer context menus) then developers should find a better solution to that... how about you can right click on any context leaf and set it to: a) Never display ever again b) Never display for this object c) Never display for this object in this location Surely that would be better than preventing people from displaying the "size" column in an open box should they want it. -200 votes Solution #31: Leave Nautilus as it is now Written by nillbug the 16 Nov 09 at 01:46. So far, 30 solutions for Nautilus... and counting. What for? To clutter it of no sense? My Nautilus is not slow. In fact it's instantaneous. Leave it as it is. Don't spoil the good work done so far. 114 votes Solution #32: Enabling the icons to turn translucent for 'Cut' function Written by sirish.gauni the 17 Nov 09 at 15:44. By allowing the icons to turn translucent when the file is cut will help the user to differentiate between copying and cutting the file/folder. 64 votes Solution #33: 2 panel file management Written by tenchi39 the 17 Nov 09 at 17:34. Tabs are great, they made nautilus usable, but total commander and dolphin are still way better because of only one thing: 2 panels It should be default in my opinion, but I don't care about that as long as it is avaliable... -13 votes Solution #34: Middle button and moving mouse Written by luislobo the 18 Nov 09 at 12:14. I like to scroll windows this way: - Click middle button - while clicked, scroll bars follow my mouse movement - It respects the length moved: if just moved a little, scrolls a little, if moved longer, it scrolls longer. I hope to be clear enough (not a native english talker -16 votes Solution #35: Single click to highlight file name Written by owenduffy the 19 Nov 09 at 19:46. A small thing, but why not have the file name highlighted for editing when its icon is single clicked, like Mac OS? 52 votes Solution #36: enable nautilus open terminal extension by default Written by mahdif62 the 22 Nov 09 at 10:37. The extension nautilus-open-terminal should be enabled by default and a n F4 keyboard shortcut should open a terminal in current directory (like KDE). There should also be an option to attach the terminal to the window. And also enable dual-pane nautilus. http://berndth.blogspot.com/2009/06/nautilus-split-view-update.html 19 votes Solution #37: Nautilus drag items Written by alexsun the 23 Nov 09 at 22:24. open (pass) the folder when you hover on it with an element or group of elements during drug & drop on release mouse1 ask user, what to do: copy\move\ln -3 votes Solution #38: separate view Written by alexsun the 23 Nov 09 at 22:51. I do not know how to anyone but for me some time will be convenient to compare the date \ size and copy \ move files via split view (horizontal \ vertical). think second @Locatio view nice in use not just for file manipulation. user can drag tab to some place to activate split view or drag @Location back to "classical" tabs view ... 34 votes Solution #39: FTP file permissions management Written by obi22 the 24 Nov 09 at 08:41. Nautilus for ages can't handle managing of file permissions on remote file systems, even like standard ftp. It's a shame that so network-oriented system's default file manager cannot change chmod rights. Solution is bring permissions management for files on remote file systems. 62 votes Solution #40: Improve nautilus file saerch! Written by heru.htl the 24 Nov 09 at 10:04. Nautilus should be able to find any word or something inside the file contents, but, such feature do not seem added yet! The ability to find something inside a file is one of most of the administrator system needs. But it is not present yet with Nautilus (but it just present with Konqueror's and Dolphin's - Kfind, the question is "should someone install both GNOME with KDE just for it?" where he/she uses GNOME by default, perhaps this idea can make a simple choice -> just install GNOME (with of course Nautilus as the only file manager) and we have all we needs!). 46 votes Solution #41: Ease of use: do clever things with"illegal character" / \ ... Written by v1nce the 24 Nov 09 at 18:32. If I create a new directory called "foo/fee/faa/fuu" then Nautilus should ask if I want to create a tree of dir. If the name contains "\" then it should ask if I really want the \ char (does someone really use the \ in a file name ?) or if I want a tree Plus it could ask to replace character the file system can't handle with their utf-8 equivalent 62 votes Solution #42: Make "Open With" menu remember things Written by antaveiv the 24 Nov 09 at 20:36. The "Open With" context menu offers a list of known applications to open the selected file. However, it does not give options to save the selection for later default use. The program-filetype association could be saved and applied later. 33 votes Solution #43: Simultaneous vs. consecutive file transfers, editing queue and pause Written by nickpick the 26 Nov 09 at 12:41. When copying two or more sets of files through Nautilus, there is no way to prioritise which group you want to have copied first. Currently Nautilus allows only for simultaneous transfers. It would be great to have an ability to speed up one operation by pausing another or setting it further back in the queue (thus letting it copy the files once the first operation is complete). Currently the only workaround seems to be to first let Nautilus copy the first batch, then manually initiate the second operation and, once that is finished, the third. This also applies for deletion and, when preformed on separate physical media, move operations. 35 votes Solution #44: Add a "Open in Terminal" - Button Written by Bilbo Beutlin the 26 Nov 09 at 15:56. Adding a button /menu item to simply change to the terminal and open the folder opened in the nautilus there (like in the nautilus of Ubuntu 9.0) would increase the user-friendliness. Why is these button /menu item gone at all? EDIT: In "Ubuntu Tweak", there's already an option to reactivate this Button. But make it standard! 2 votes Solution #45: Model Nautilus after Path Finder Written by fix98-win the 29 Nov 09 at 10:00. Path Finder is a very useful and full-featured replacement for "finder" in MacOS. Here is a link: http://cocoatech.com/ 2 votes Solution #46: Open multi directories Written by flipefr the 29 Nov 09 at 22:20. I like the q-dir system in windows, is a very simple program to open 4 directories in a only window allowing you to move, copy, create directories and etc. maybe a button for activate this type of view and a combo to select the number of splits in a unique window: 2,4,6,8 a number higher could be crazy. Here is an example of what i am saying http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/XSYU7zUh2NfN0x4M2IPPCQ?feat=directlink http://www.online-tech-tips.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/04/q-dir-interface-scre enshot.jpg 32 votes Solution #47: IT"S DONE ALREADY ! LETS ADOPT IT !! Written by futurenow123 the 5 Dec 09 at 12:57. The simplified nautilus has been achieved by a guy called Marcus Carlson . Here are a Few Links !!: http://www.webupd8.org/2009/07/install-simplified-nautilus-for-ubuntu.html http://davidsiegel.org/nautilus-simplified/ just Adopt it into the next Nautilus update . No major release needed!!! Job Done ! AND ALSO FINALLY http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2010/01/nautilus-simple-install-ppa-streamlined.html 21 votes Solution #48: Use same keyboard shortcuts in tree and file view Written by antaveiv the 14 Dec 09 at 11:15. One may expect to be able to rename (F2), delete (Del, Shift+Del), copy/paste etc folders in the tree using keyboard. It works in the file list view on the right side of the window. -7 votes Solution #49: no navigation buttons Written by gcbzzzz the 21 Jan 10 at 14:05. it's a list of files, with plenty of context menu on the icons. no need to have a bunch of buttons. also, back and forward? back is the same as click on the parent folder on the folder hierarchy button row! forward is the same as click the folde again in the file list... i upvoted #47, this is similar but also removes the useles buttons. 3 votes Solution #51: offer to Save tabs on exit Written by Andre-K the 20 Feb 10 at 21:07. offer to save tabs on exit, and restore on start. 9 votes Solution #52: make it possible to move tabs between nautilus windows. Written by Andre-K the 20 Feb 10 at 21:18. sometimes I find myself having two nautilus, one with for example 3, and one with 4 tabs - it would be nice to be able to drag them between the windows. 3 votes Solution #53: nautilus idea of a simple, pretty and practical Written by desquiziado the 20 Feb 10 at 23:18. 5 votes Solution #54: Another nautilus concept Written by Mirek2 the 10 Mar 10 at 17:34. http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2010/02/future-of-nautilus.html Really cool, streamlined, sexy. I really hope nautilus ends up like this someday. 4 votes Solution #55: New Nautilus design - only one bar, remove some icons, visible searchbar... Written by TadasN the 13 Mar 10 at 22:31. There could be something like in this mockup: http://www.design-by-izo.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/new-nautilus_mockup.png The article which describes changes: http://www.design-by-izo.com/2010/02/27/deconstructing-nautilus-and-rebuilding- it-better/ Nautilus is a good application but let's make it better. 3 votes Solution #56: Hot location bar Written by hali the 26 Mar 10 at 22:43. Every word between slashes in location bar (address bar) should be a link. For example: If you move mouse over "local" word in "/usr/local/bin" path. Word "local" should be underlined and change color to blue. If one click "local" - Nautilus should change path to "/usr/local". Right click on word should open context menu, same as in button based location bar, with options like: "Open link in new tab". No need for button based location bar. Back button and links will makes it obsolete. 44 votes Solution #57: Merging two windows Written by la_serpe the 9 Apr 10 at 09:50. It should be possible to merge two windows into one as well. The original windows would be transferred into tabs in the new window. 12 votes Solution #58: Hide or remove File, Edit, View, atc. bar Written by la_serpe the 9 Apr 10 at 12:16. Think about it for a moment. How often do you use Help and About menu for instance? What about the Tabs menu? Isnt it easier to use mouse? Bookmarks and Go have basically the same function. Instead of File you can simply right click on the blank surface. This redundancy isn't only annoying, but it's also confusing. It would be better to add proper buttons to main toolbar and abandon the old style. 9 votes Solution #59: Allow the user to "pin" tabs Written by gazilla the 10 Apr 10 at 06:05. Place a small "pin" icon next to the tab-close icon to allow any Nautilus tab to be pinned. Pinned tabs would stay pinned until they are explicitly unpinned, the tab is closed or Nautilus is closed. The effects would be... 1) The Back, Forward and Up buttons would be greyed while the pinned tab has focus, stopping the user from accidentally navigating away. 2) Nautilus would refuse to change the folder in the pinned tab in the event of the user clicking on any other location in Places or Tree while the pinned tab has focus. 3) Any attempt to do so would create a new tab for the desired folder. If the folder is already opened in another tab then focus is shifted to that tab. 4) If the tab shows a folder on a device that can be unmounted then pinning will cause the mount request to be refused (as if there was an open file). 5) maybe more (I'll keep thinking) 16 votes Solution #60: Reconstruct Nautilus Written by Daniel_le_Rouge the 1 May 10 at 22:44. There is just too much unnecessary stuff in Nautilus and things are much too complicated. Why to I need to click "Search" before typing my request, when Mac's finder can do without any clicking. In exchange I get reload and abort buttons. It is not a browser! The designer Izo proposed a reconstruction of Nautilus in his blog. There you will find further arguments against the current design. A proposal: 5 votes Solution #61: Tab while renaming moves to next file Written by Bracket the 27 Aug 10 at 16:58. When renaming a bunch of files, bulk renaming with wildcards and such can be great, but sometimes it's easier to do it by hand anyway. For example, renaming a bunch of images from a camera "DSC0001" through 0030 with thought out names, or using song titles instead of "Track 01.mp3" Windows explorer lets you use the tab key to save the name of the file you were renaming, and moves to edit the next file in the list. It also uses shift-tab to move backward in the list. 2 votes Solution #62: Nautilus should only show the relevant directories. Written by Floris Laagwater the 28 Nov 10 at 14:31. As a normal user I'm only interested in the contents of my home-directory including personal configuration files and the contents of removal devices such as usb sticks, memory sticks, external hard drives, cdroms, dvdees and other places, where I do store my personal files. In nautilus I should see, what kind of files are supported by a certain application. This means something more than textfiles, for example .doc, .docx, .odt, .abw, .rtf, .txt etcetera. 3 votes Solution #63: places bar in Nautilus Written by punch the 3 Jan 11 at 18:07. Add, as an option, places bar in Nautilus (to have tree view and places simultaneously). 2 votes Solution #64: nautilus tagging fork Written by ostralopithicus the 4 Jan 11 at 04:50. Tags is such an awesomely powerful concept. Having only the single and very limited tag of filetype, totally sucks egg. I HATE that! I can never choose the single folder that I should save my files to and they always end up on my desktop for sorting . . .later. What if we could do something like: filename.tag1.tag2.tag2.tag4.etc.filetype file browser (nautilus fork), could be designed to: 1. hide the tags 2. store all tags in separate DB 3. drop-down autocomplete when entering tags or searching for existing files. 4. if POSIX compliance is a serious issue, the tags entered in can be stripped by filemanager - stored only in new separate DB. 5. filemanager dumps all files into a few categories (say the first listed tag is maybe the category?) so files no longer appear on my desktop!!! I think OS's are becoming dated compared with internet tech like wordpress that does this sort of tagging already. See the 33 comments or propose a solution (latest comment the 21 Aug 11 at 12:16) >>  Show the username on the titlebar of Nautilus Written by jangirke the 26 Apr 10 at 02:19. Not an idea I can't see if Nautilus runs with root privilege or just as user and it would be better to have that information in the titlebar. -26 votes Solution #1: Show Userlevel in Titlebar Written by jangirke the 26 Apr 10 at 02:19. Just show the name and group of the user in the titlebar. -22 votes Solution #2: Notification bar Written by forcedability the 26 Apr 10 at 02:46. Tell the user with a notification bar inside the window that "they are viewing files as the root user. x" The user will be able to dismiss the bar. This would be a more effective method, as average users don't need to know if they're using Nautilus as themselves or as Root. Chances are, they don't have the need to access sensitive system files. See the 6 comments or propose a solution (latest comment the 2 Aug 11 at 18:45) >>  Nautilus is slow than Marlin, the 3th version too Written by enubuntu the 31 May 11 at 21:25. Not an idea Nautilus is too slow than opponents. For example: try to open /usr/bin with nautilus, it will take 6-7 seconds. With Marlin I see all the file immediately. For me, Marlin is better in look and feel too. Link to Marlin on launchpad: https://launchpad.net/marlin Look how it appears now: http://i55.tinypic.com/2cyl2du.png -33 votes Solution #1: Install Marlin Written by enubuntu the 31 May 11 at 21:25. Install Marlin by default in Oneiric 107 votes Solution #2: Work on Nautilus Written by enubuntu the 1 Jun 11 at 08:44. Marlin have a lot of new feature. Add this in Nautilus and make it better. 37 votes Solution #3: Consider moving from Nautilus in 12.10 Written by haydoni the 1 Jun 11 at 12:34. There's no way such a fundamental change will be made before the next LTS release. But it could be worth considering whether there is a case to change in UDS-Q. Either to Marlin or something else... See the 2 comments or propose a solution (latest comment the 15 Jul 11 at 00:51) >>  usability of context menu in nautilus (rightclick on file) Written by bitconstructor the 22 Aug 10 at 15:38. Implemented When using context menu on compressed files, and wanting to e it with "Extract here", sometimes I press "move to trash" as it is to close. 31 votes Selected solution (#1): Move menu item "Move to Trash" Written by bitconstructor the 22 Aug 10 at 15:38. Move it to a better position (with a separator) so it can not be mistaken for other item -11 votes Selected solution (#2): Highlight "Extract Here" Written by bitconstructor the 22 Aug 10 at 15:40. As a quite likely to be used function highlight (slightly!) the "Extract Here" item. Often used functions should be visibly separated (but shall not be to prominent to force attention). This will help using nautilus without having to think about every step. 0 votes Selected solution (#3): Highlight the ability to add scripts to context menu for new users. Written by Int_ua the 18 Sep 10 at 21:52. Somehow. 0 votes Selected solution (#4): Restore sensible grouping of context menu commands Written by killermist the 14 Nov 10 at 16:05. The primary functions performed on files are: Cut, Copy, Paste, Rename, and Delete (and possibly a more "user friendly" "Move to Trash"). Everything else you might do with files is tertiary (and quite probably better done from the command line if the objective is to control your files). Therefore, these functions should be together, prominent, and segmented off from the other file-related functions, with the other functions not even related to files segmented off even a little further. See the 2 comments or propose a solution (latest comment the 3 Jul 11 at 08:21) >>  archolder: Treating archives as folders Written by maysara the 12 Oct 10 at 18:03. New optionally treat archives as folders in nautilus or even shell. when opening an archive, it can be treated as a folder/directory , for example test.mp3 in test.tgz in /home/me can be accessed via /home/me/test.tgz/test.mp3 (extraction on the fly, maybe somesort of fusefs can be used). Probably should not be the default behaviour, but an option such as "open as folder" would be brilliant (and if it works on the shell , it would be even better) ! /home/me/$ xcd test.tgz /home/me/test.tgz/$ls test.mp3 /home/me/test.tgz/$ I can imagine this might hit the "having files and folders with the same name" problem ... but to me this seems a leap of archive usability ! maybe there is some workaround.
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Solution #1: integrate archive management in nautilus and shell maybe
Written by maysara the 12 Oct 10 at 18:03.
Im not sure how this can be done, again, a sort of fusefs might be used but the issue with folder & file identical names and what would happen when one cd .. from the archive/folder or when its closed in nautilus, it would most useful when its transparent to apps ( totem|mplayer /home/me/test.tgz/*.mp3 )
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Solution #2: maybe an option that can be added to apps to cosult some other layer in gvfs
Written by maysara the 12 Oct 10 at 18:16.
this by itself is another suggestion/idea maybe, but yeah, some "protocol" like url, archolder:///home/me/test.tgz/test.mp3

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 An idea string for ideas on adding usability functions to Nautilus et.al. Written by Blinky the 22 Jun 10 at 11:59. New Nautilus could be better with a few added additions and bright ideas. As I had a few ideas that weren't linked to specific problems I thought I could start an idea string to brainstorm these things.
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