How to Open and Use File Manager in Ubuntu Linux

This post describes steps one can take to open and use File Manager (Nautilus) in Ubuntu Linux.

The default file manager that comes installed in Ubuntu Linux is a GNOME package called Nautilus. In Ubuntu, File Manager is commonly used to refer to Nautilus.

File Manager or Nautilus lets you organize and manage files and folders, both on your computer and network resources. Folders can contain files and even other folders.

In Ubuntu Linux, many things are files, such as documents, spreadsheets, photos, movies, and music. Nautilus lets you manage them all in one intuitive interface.

Some of the following below can be done using File Manager:

  • Create documents and folders.
  • Display files and folders.
  • Search for and manage your files.
  • Open network locations

Below we’ll show you how to find, open File Manager in Ubuntu Linux and show you some ways to use it.

How to open File Manager in Ubuntu Linux

There are several ways to open a new File Manager window. By default, File Manager button or icon is added to the Dock in Ubuntu Linux. The folder icon on the Dock is File Manager.

To open File Manager, click on the Folder icon on the Dock as highlighted above.

File Manager will open up and display user’s Home content. You can click the “Home” icon on the left to display your default folders in your home directory.

Another way to open File Manager in Ubuntu Linux is via icon on your desktop.

Ubuntu Linux by default will add a Home folder on your desktop after installing. Use the folder to open File Manager.

How to use File Manager in Ubuntu Linux

Now that File Manager is open, you can perform some of these tasks while using File Manager.

And many more tasks you can perform in File Manager.

That should do it!


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