Linux Linux Help

Linux Desktop

1. How do I get the size of a Folder?

Open the Properties of the Folder and it will display the size (the number of items and the sum of files sizes) e.g.
Contents: 8 items, totalling 5.4 MB

2. How do I view properties of files?

You can right click the file, and select Properties. The Properties will show the type of file, its size, location, last accessed date and time, when it was created, associated emblems or icons, the Permissions, and some notes.

3. How do I get a list of disks and folders in Explorer?

The folder window lists folders and disks on the left hand side for you. It shows some Favourite or common folders at the top left. You can change the layout via View, Arrange icons menu.

4. How do I change the background image?

Right click the Linux desktop (make sure any windows or closed or minised first), then select Change desktop background and select a wallpaper image to use.

5. I find the current desktop too slow. What can I replace it with?

Fortunately, in linux there are many desktop replacements (also called Window Managers) including Gnome, KDE, Unity (Ubuntu), Ice, Afterstep, Blackbox, Dwm, flwm, miwm. Use Software Manager to select a different window manager.

6. How do I change the size of the Icons on the desktop?

Open the Control Centre, select Desktop Settings, select Interface, then change Icon size to small or large.

7. How do I switch between programs in Linux?

There are several ways. You can select the minimised window in the taskbar at the bottom of the screen or you can press Alt+Tab to switch between windows.

8. What keyboard shortcuts can I use on the desktop?

Shortcut Description
F1 Help
Alt+Up Parent folder
Alt+Left Back
Alt+Right Right
Ctrl+L Location
Ctrl+R Refresh, reload
Ctrl+W Close window
Ctrl+E Search
Ctrl+A Select all
Shift+Ctrl+L Invert selection
Ctrl+F Search
Ctrl+N New window
Ctrl+Y Redo
Ctrl+X Cut
Ctrl+C Copy
Ctrl+V Paste
Ctrl+Z Undo
Ctrl+W Close Window
Del or Delete Delete
Alt+Home Home folder
Ctrl+ + or - Zoom in/out
Ctrl+0 Normal zone