3. Konqueror Basics



If you have not already done so, click on the Home button on your KDE Panel to launch Konqueror in its file management mode. You will be presented with a window that should look very similar to that in Figure 3. The Navigation Window is on the left and shows a tree view of the user’s home folder. The Sidebar consists of the tabs down the left side of the Navigation Window. The window on the right, that contains the large Desktop icon, is officially called simply the Window. I shall call it the View Window for clarity.

Figure 3: Konqueror as it appears in file management mode. It opens with your home directory (folder) as the current directory. The Navigation Window is on the left and shows a tree view of the user's home folder. The Sidebar consists of the tabs down the left side of the Navigation Window. Notice that this instance of Konqueror has not been modified or reconfigured in any way.

This account is for a brand new user account, tuser, and so has no files showing other than the “Desktop” directory, or folder. Each user account’s home folder has a “Desktop” folder. You should not alter in any way this folder or any of the files contained in it because it contains important configuration files for your desktop.

There are actually a number of hidden files in your home folder, but Konqueror does not display them unless you change its configuration. For the time being, I strongly suggest you do not change Konqueror’s configuration to enable you to view the hidden files because they contain configuration information about application programs and are created by those programs. Deleting or changing them can return your carefully configured programs to their default state. Under certain circumstances, that might be desirable, but it should not be considered generally so.

If you have just started with Linux, you probably don’t have any files in your home directory, but if you have been using it for a while, there will be other files and folders for you to see in Konqueror.

There are several things to notice about the instance of Konqueror shown in Figure 3. At the top are the Menu Bar and the Main Toolbar. The Main Toolbar can be massively reconfigured, and is when changing from one usage profile to another. You can also make your own changes to the Main Toolbar and I will guide you through a few of the ones I like to make as we go through the rest of this section.

Note: A folder is also known as a directory. I use the terms interchangeably in this document. A folder can contain files or other folders or both.

The Location Toolbar is just below the Icon Bar. It provides the capability to type in a URL or a path so you can go directly to a web page or a directory location.

The tabs situated vertically along the left side of the Konqueror window, and the left side frame of the Konqueror window is collectively called the Navigation Window. In Figure 16, the Navigation Window shows the Home folder and the Desktop folder.

There is also an Extra Toolbar which is not used in this particular default file management profile. It provides more space for some of the tools you can also place on the Main Toolbar, as well as having some unique tools of its own.



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