Re: Finding files from Nautilus


Sometimes, I have a hard time believing Nautilus doesn't have a search
function. What is the purpose of a file manager? Whatever your
response is, I believe searching for files is the most significant.

The inability of Nautilus to search for and filter files in the
currently opened directory is torturous. I hate to have to hunt one
file in a folder filled with ten thousand files manually. I have
always considered a file manager to be the google interface on my
desktop. Unfortunately, I have to open a terminal to search for files
on my desktop.

I don't have gnome-utils installed so I can't use the global search
tool. I have used it in the past, and I wasn't impressed either. I
think Nautilus is incomplete without a search function. The most
important function of a file manager is searching, filtering and
displaying files in a logical manner. Either that, or I have got the
whole concept of a file manager wrong, and need to stick to using the


On Thu, 07 Oct 2004 10:43:37 +0100, Martyn Russell
<martyn russell bt com> wrote:
> Hi all,
> After installing Ubuntu recently (which I must say is superb) using
> Nautilus is a great user experience with Gnome 2.8.  However, one thing
> that I liked about the older versions of Windows (< Windows 2000) was
> the ability to press a shortcut (was it F3? F4?) or go to a menu item
> and it would bring up a find dialog.  This would search for files from
> the current directory.
> I know we have the ability to find files in Gnome, but what would be
> really good is if it was slick and quick to use from Nautilus.  Looking
> through the menus, all I could see was the ability to select files based
> on a pattern.
> Currently, to search for files, I have to load the find dialog, browse
> the location to search from, and then go from there... if that was all
> done with a quick key sequence or menu item, it would rule!
> Are there any plans for this?
> I can always look into drafting something up if needs be.
> What do people think?
> --
> Regards,
> Martyn
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