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File Management Preferences

Use the File Manager Preferences dialog to set your Thunar file manager preferences. To open the preferences dialog, choose EditPreferences... from the menu bar, or click on the File Manager button in the Xfce Settings Manager.

The File Manager Preferences dialog is divided into four pages with different options, each described in a separate section below. Basically you can set preferences in the following categories:

  • The default settings for the views.
  • The default settings for the side pane.
  • The behavior of the file manager windows.
  • Advanced features of the file manager.

Thunar also supports a bunch of so-called Hidden Options, which control several advanced features of the file manager, but are not included in the preferences in order to keep the preferences dialog simple. The README.thunarrc file that is included with the Thunar distribution describes all available options in detail.

Views Preferences

You can specify a default view, select sort options and display options. You can also specify whether thumbnails should be displayed for file types that support this.

View Preferences

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Side Pane Preferences

You can select display options for the shortcuts pane and the tree pane.

Side Pane Preferences

The side pane can either display a list of shortcuts for folders in your file system, which is the default, or a tree view of your file system. This page allows you to select the size of the icons for the shortcuts and the tree pane. You can also specify whether emblems should be displayed.

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Behavior Preferences

You can select the preferred behavior to interact with the file manager.

Behavior Preferences

Advanced Preferences

You can control advanced features of the file manager.

Advanced Preferences

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