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Kate and KDE - one-click file manager
How can I set Kate (KDE?) to open a file with one click?

 11:03 pm on Nov 20, 2012 (gmt 0)

I've been using Kate under Ubuntu for several years now. When I single-click on a folder or file in the left pane, it opens.

On my new Mint machine Kate (and several other apps) take two clicks to open folders and files. Not worried about most of them but I use Kate quite a bit and it gets annoying. This is not (apparently) related to caja, which obeys the single-click mode I set but it does relate to the file-selector popups for most (probably all) apps.

I SUSPECT the fault lies with KDE but can't find a remedy for either Kate or KDE.

In the Control Centre there is an option to launch KDE System Settings (also in the Preferences menu but it fails to launch from there). Selecting Default Applications leads to a File Manager setup tab. There is an option to select a Default Component (VLC or Other) but the text on the top of the panel suggests there should be other settings to setup the file manager itself. I THINK, if this were available, it might allow me to select Single Click.

Or is there another way I've missed?

Also - is there a way to view hidden files/folders in the app file selectors? That is particularly annoying when setting up a variety of config files for the first time.



 8:13 pm on Dec 1, 2012 (gmt 0)

Found a web site (linuxquestions.org) that gives a possible solution to the single-click problem - "possible" because I probably need to reboot before it works. Found via search on ixquick for:

linux kde "single click" -install

Apparently there is no way to change the click method via a "control panel" option unless you have KDE fully installed; simply installing a few apps without KDE fails to install a full KDE control panel.

To modify to Single-Click open the file ~/.kde/share/config/kdeglobals and add the two lines:


The SingleClick line MUST be entered in the [KDE] section: if this already exists add SingleClick in that section, otherwise create it as above.

Still cannot find out how to view hidden and network folders in the app file selectors.


 11:03 pm on Dec 1, 2012 (gmt 0)

Also: Just discovered, in dconf editor, a switch for Nautilus under org / gnome / gedit / filebrowser

(NOTE: this is dconf not gconf, of which there are at least two flavours, one foe Mint's version of gnome and one for Mate.)

Click-Policy was set to double: now set to Single. Also, there is a filter under the filebrowser tab itself: I've now removed hide-hidden from it and am hoping.

Also show-hidden found under org / gtk / settings / filechooser - now ticked. - that's the one that works for hidden folders under gedit! :) (but sadly not in Kate)

Haven't yet rebooted so can't tell if other apps will respond and if so how. I'll report back.


 10:05 pm on Dec 2, 2012 (gmt 0)

Just discovered the KDE set of config parameters which includes:

[KFileDialog Settings]
Show hidden files=false

Changed it to true and I now have hidden files listed in Kate. Yipee! :)


 5:04 am on Dec 4, 2012 (gmt 0)

The Nautilus preferences are available in the GUI (well in 12.04 Precise, anyway). Preferences > Behaviour.

There is a "show hidden files" in the right click menu in the GTK file chooser. Its obscure, but its better than a Mac (because the key combination that is supposed to do it, does not seem to work)

Do you really need to reboot? Logout and login at the most, surely.


 9:05 pm on Dec 4, 2012 (gmt 0)

Er... Mint, not Ubuntu... :)

The Mint version of Nautilus is called Caja and that has caused no problems as regards single-click and hidden files. The problem lies (lay) in KDE not gnome.

You're probably correct about login/out; I almost never do that so never think of it. :)


 8:46 pm on Dec 6, 2012 (gmt 0)

Graeme - thanks for the logout suggestion: as I said, I haven't really used it before. It closed all of my applications, which is why I didn't want to reboot to begin with, and still hasn't updated the bash history mode. :(

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