Chapter — Using Dolphin



 

 


This chapter covers usage and configuration of Dolphin. Dolphin is the default file manager for Fedora beginning with Fedora 10. It is very powerful and provides some very advanced features.

The whole purpose of a file management application like Dolphin is to enable users such as yourself to locate specific files when you need to use them in some way, such as to open them in a word processor or a spreadsheet program, or to move them. Dolphin and other file management programs also allow you to organize your files by moving or deleting entire folders. As a very organized Virgo I like this aspect of Dolphin.

Launching Dolphin

Dolphin can be launched directly from the KDE 4 desktop. Simply click on the folder icon with the house in it. Dolphin can also be launched from the KDE Kickoff menu; it is one of the default items in the Favorites tab of the menu.

Figure 1: Click on the House icon to open the Dolphin file manager.

Figure 1: Click on the House icon in the Desktop folder to open the Dolphin file manager.

The Dolphin Window

The default Dolphin window looks like that in Figure 2. This configuration is easy for beginners to understand, but Dolphin is highly configurable and its rich feature set can be made easily available to the most advanced users.

Figure 2: The default Dolphin window. It is easy for a beginner to understand but can also be configured to suite the needs of an experienced user.

Figure 2: The default Dolphin window. It is easy for a beginner to understand but can also be configured to suite the needs of an experienced user.

Like Konqueror, Dolphin can be used to browse through the file system and locate files and directories (folders). Files can be opened in various applications, they can be deleted, moved to other locations or copied. Unlike Konqueror, which can also be used as a web browser, Dolphin can only be used as a file manager. It cannot be used as a browser.

If you prefer to use Konqueror as a file manager rather than Dolphin, it is still available and its complete set of file management capabilities are still intact.



 

 


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