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.

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How to Enable or Disable Personal File Sharing in Ubuntu Linux

This post describes steps one can take to turn on or off Personal File Sharing in Ubuntu Linux.

When you have the gnome-user-share package installed, you can enable Personal File Sharing in Ubuntu Linux. Once enabled, you can allow access to the Public folder in your Home folder from another computer on the network.

In Ubuntu Linux, you can configure Personal File Sharing to allow these devices to access the Public folder in your Home directory.

Sharing must be enabled on connected network. Devices you want to share with must also be connected to the same network to see Ubuntu Linux shared resources.

By default, users will access the shared Public folder without password. However, you can require other people to use a password when accessing your Public folder by turning the Require Password switch to on.

Below is how to enable or disable Personal File Sharing in Ubuntu Linux.

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How to Configure Startup Applications in Ubuntu Linux

This post describes steps one can take to configure applications to automatically startup at log in with Ubuntu Linux.

There are some applications and services that automatically startup when Ubuntu Linux boots up or when you login. These apps and services are usually running in the background.

Like Windows and other modern operating systems, you can configure applications to startup every time a user logs in to their desktop in Ubuntu Linux.

Apps that you configure to startup will get started when a user login, in addition to the default startup applications configured on the system.

Below is how to configure startup applications in Ubuntu Linux.

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How to Record Video in Ubuntu Linux

This post describes steps one can perform to record a video with camera or webcam in Ubuntu Linux.

If your Ubuntu Linux machine has a built-in or external camera attached, you can record videos and apply fun special effects and share the fun with others.

There are many applications one can use to record videos in Ubuntu Linux. However, the default webcam and camera application in Ubuntu Linux is called Cheese.

Cheese camera application can be used to take still photos as well as videos. The videos in the video stream are automatically saved in the Videos/Webcam folder in your home folder in Ubuntu Linux.

Videos are saved in the WebM (.webm) format by default.

Below is how to take photos with Cheese in Ubuntu Linux.

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How to take Photos in Ubuntu Linux

This post describes steps one can perform to take pictures with camera or webcam in Ubuntu Linux.

If your Ubuntu Linux machine has a built-in or external camera attached, you can take photos and apply fun special effects and share the fun with others.

There are many applications one can use to take pictures in Ubuntu Linux. However, the default webcam and camera application in Ubuntu Linux is called Cheese.

Cheese camera application can be used to take still photos as well as videos. The photos in the photo stream are automatically saved in the Pictures/Webcam folder in your home folder in Ubuntu Linux.

They are saved using the JPEG (.jpg) format by default.

By default, Cheese counts down from three before taking a photo. You can turn that off in the preferences window if you want.

Below is how to take photos with Cheese in Ubuntu Linux.

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How to Enable or Disable Media Sharing in Ubuntu Linux

This post describes steps one can take to turn on or off Media Sharing in Ubuntu Linux.

When you have the Rygel package installed, you can enable Media Sharing in Ubuntu Linux. Once enabled, you can browse, search and play the media on your computer using a UPnP or DLNA enabled device such as a phone, TV or game console.

In Ubuntu Linux, you can configure Media Sharing to allow these devices to access the folders containing your music, photos and videos.

Sharing must be enabled on connected network. Devices you want to share with must also be connected to the same network to see Ubuntu Linux shared resources.

Below is how to enable or disable Media Sharing in Ubuntu Linux.

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How to Enable or Disable Cursor Blinking in Ubuntu Linux

This post describes steps one can take to enable or disable keyboard cursor blinking in Ubuntu Linux.

In Ubuntu Linux, if you find it difficult to see the keyboard cursor in a text field, you can make it blink to make it easier to locate.

There are some people with poor vision which makes it difficult to view small text or locate the cursor on their screen.

For these people, enabling keyboard cursor blinking can help.

There are multiple accessibilities features one can enable in Ubuntu Linux. From increasing the mouse pointer size to enabling pointer locater. These features are there to help.

Making the cursor to blink in text field in Ubuntu Linux is another accessibility feature that you can turn on and off if you want, and below are the steps that show you how.

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How to Enable or Disable High Contrast in Ubuntu Linux

This post describes steps one can take to enable or disable high contrast in Ubuntu Linux.

In Ubuntu Linux, you can adjust the contrast of windows and buttons to help people with low vision and light sensitivity.

High contrast feature in Ubuntu Linux helps you distinguish between things that differ only by color. It changes the color palette of objects on the screen which brings out contrast and could help you see clearly.

This is not the same as changing the brightness of the whole screen; only parts of the user interface will change.

Below is how to use high contrast feature in Ubuntu Linux.

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How to Enable or Disable Repeat Keys in Ubuntu Linux

This post describes steps one can take to disable or enable Repeat Keys in Ubuntu Linux.

Most keyboards allow you to repeat a key just by holding it down. When you hold down a key on your keyboard, the letter or symbol will be repeated until you release the key. 

If you cannot lift your fingers off the keyboard quickly enough, this can result in unintentionally repeated characters. Repeat Keys lets you adjust the repeat rate or disable it altogether.

Alternatively, adjust the Delay slider to control how long you have to hold a key down to begin repeating it, and adjust the Speed slider to control how quickly key presses repeat.

Below is how to adjust repeat key rate or disable it in Ubuntu Linux.

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How to Turn On or Off Slow Keys in Ubuntu Linux

This post describes steps one can take to enable or disable slow keys in Ubuntu Linux.

For people with difficulties typing, slow keys can help resolve problem, especially if they strike keys accidentally. This is especially true with folks with hand tremors.

For these people, they can use slow keys if they accidentally press several keys at a time when they type, or if they find it difficult to press the right key on the keyboard first time.

The Slow Keys feature instructs Ubuntu Linux to disregard keys that are not held down for a certain period of time before they appear.

Once enabled, you can also switch the Enable by Keyboard switch to turn slow keys on and off from the keyboard. With Enable by Keyboard switch on, you can press and hold Shift for eight seconds to enable or disable slow keys.

Below is how to turn on or off slow keys in Ubuntu Linux.

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How to Turn On or Off Bounce Keys in Ubuntu Linux

This post describes steps one can take to enable or disable bounce keys in Ubuntu Linux.

For people who have difficulties typing, bounce keys can result in double strokes of the same key or other similar errors. This is especially true with folks with hand tremors.

For these people, this causes them to press a key multiple times when they only want to press it once. Bounce Keys feature instructs Ubuntu Linux to ignore unintended keystrokes.

Once enabled, you can also use the Acceptance delay slider to change how long bounce keys waits before it registers another key press after you pressed the key for the first time.

Below is how to turn on or off bounce keys in Ubuntu Linux.

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How to Control Mouse or Touchpad Speed in Ubuntu Linux

This post describes steps one can take to adjust the speed settings of their mouse or touchpad in Ubuntu Linux.

If you see your mouse or touchpad pointer shooting across the screen faster than you’re moving, it might be related to the mouse or touchpad acceleration or speed settings.

Also, if your pointer moves too fast or slow when you move your mouse or use your touchpad, you can adjust the pointer speed for these devices.

Ubuntu Linux mouse speed settings control the mouse by increasing the distance and speed at which cursor moves across the screen in response to the speed of the physical mouse on a surface.

Below is how to adjust the mouse or touchpad speed settings in Ubuntu Linux.

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