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File Manager Preferences

Use the File Manager Preferences dialog to customize Thunar settings to your liking. To open the preferences dialog, choose EditPreferences... from the menu bar.

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

  • The default view settings for the Main Area.
  • The default settings for the Side Pane.
  • The behavior of mouse clicks.
  • Advanced features of the file manager.

Thunar also supports several so-called Hidden Options, which control advanced features of the file manager, but are not included in the preferences in order to keep the dialog simple.

Display Preferences

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

View Preferences

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Side Pane Preferences

You can select display options for both modes of the Side Pane.

Side Pane Preferences

The Side Pane can display either a list of shortcuts for folders in your file system, which is the default, or a tree view. This tab allows you to select the size of the icons shown in both of those views. The choices range from Very Small (around 16×16 pixels) to Very Large (around 128×128 pixels).

If you have customized any of your folder icons with emblems, you can also specify whether those emblems should be displayed in the Side Pane. This will not affect those emblems displaying in the Main Area. See the Properties section for how to assign emblems to folder icons.

Behavior Preferences

Here you can specify how your mouse buttons behave when selecting or activating items.

Behavior Preferences

Middle Click

If your mouse has a middle button, you don't have to go to the menu or right-click on a folder to get the Open menu. You can use the middle button to open the folder in your choice of a new window or new tab.

Advanced Preferences

You can control advanced features of the file manager.

Advanced Preferences

  • to just the selected folder
  • to the folder and all of its contents
  • to ask for your choice every time.

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