4. Navigating The File System With Konqueror



 

 


Let’s start getting acquainted with Konqueror by using it to look around the file system of the Linux computer that you are currently using. Your computer will have different folders and files from those on my computer, but many will be the same and all of the tasks I will show you how to do will work in exactly the same way.

In Figure 1, the root folder is selected so you will see the directory structure of your home folder in the Navigation Window, that is the frame on the left side of the Konqueror window as shown in Figure 1. The navigation window shows a tree view of the contents of your home directory. Folders with a Plus [+] sign next to them contain other folders. You can expand the tree to see those folders by clicking on the plus sign and the plus sign changes to a negative [-] sign. You can then collapse the tree by clicking on the negative sign. This makes it very easy to navigate the directory (folder) structure of your home folder because you can expand the tree to see all or some of the folders contained in your home folder.

Notice in Figure 1, that the Konqueror sidebar is located on the divider between the Navigation window and the View window, and that it is located on the left side of the Navigation window in Figure 2. The location of the sidebar is configurable and you may see it in either location but it works the same way.

Figure 2: Konqueror being used in file manager mode to view the contents of your home directory.

Figure 1: Konqueror being used in file manager mode to view the contents of your home directory.

The right hand window is called the View window and it shows the contents of the selected directory. This includes all of the folders and files contained in the selected directory

You can select the directory to view in the View window by clicking on it in the Navigation window.

Click on the red Root folder in the Konqueror sidebar. The Konqueror Navigation Window should look similar to that in Figure 2, which shows the folders in the root folder or directory.

Here again Konqueror allows you to expand and collapse the folder structure in the root directory.

Using Konqueror as a file manager to explore the root directory.

Figure 2: Using Konqueror as a file manager to explore the root directory.

Notice also that some of the folder icons in the root folder have little locks on them. That means you are not allowed access to those folders and are locked out from them.