Re: Reasoning for Removal of Extra Pane Mode?

Victor and Thomas,

you're certainly not alone in regretting the removal of this feature.  See

and the user comments at



On Mon, Jul 30, 2012 at 5:15 PM, victor zverovich gmail com <victor zverovich gmail com> wrote:
Hi Thomas and Nautilus developers,

I'm using the extra-pane mode all the time as well and removing this feature will be a major regression to me. Extra pane is very useful as a copy/move target (Edit -> Copy to -> Other pane). I doubt this will this work with side-by-side windows. Hope there is a way to keep this feature at least in some advanced mode.

Best regards,

On Sun, Jul 29, 2012 at 3:26 AM, Thomas Bollmeier <tbollmeier web de> wrote:
Hi Nautilus-developers,

today I came across a news article that mentioned among other changes related to GNOME 3.5.4 that the extra-pane-mode will be removed in the new version of Nautilus. Since I use the extra-pane mode on a daily basis I first couldn't believe that such a handy feature should be removed - but after some research I found that it is indeed going to be removed:
In my humble opinion the saying "It's not a bug - it's a feature" couldn't be more true in this case. Of course the support for the extra-pane-mode might cause some code complexity. But actually an easy way to copy or move files/directories from one location to another should be regarded as a core feature for a *file manager* like Nautilus. Of course I could instead open two Nautilus windows and place them on the left and right side using GNOME shell's "autosnap" feature. But compared to simply clicking "F3" this is quite cumbersome. So I really hope that this decision will be revisited again - at least in future releases. Otherwise Nautilus will become less usable for me.

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