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Why can't I place files on the desktop by default, and how can I get this feature?

elementary tends to take a perspective of "why?" rather than "why not?". Coding and supporting a feature like placing an icon view over the wallpaper takes time to design, code, test, etc. This would ...
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Graphical interfaces to search for files?

I installed gnome-search-tool: sudo apt-get install gnome-search-tool Create find.contract in /usr/share/contractor and add to the entry: [Contractor Entry] Name=Search Here Description=Find files ...
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Why can't I place files on the desktop by default, and how can I get this feature?

While Daniel Foré adequately explains the design decision, it does not answer the actual question. You can get the old desktop paradigm back by installing the Nautilus file manager (part of the GNOME ...
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Graphical interfaces to search for files?

I highly suggest you to try Synapse launcher. It's basically an alternative application launcher that can search for files as well as applications. It just sits there in wingpanel and gets activated ...
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Why can't I place files on the desktop by default, and how can I get this feature?

Although this question is quite old, there is a more acceptable answer for the OP's question now. Appcenter has an application called Desktop folder now, which you can install and use. https://github....
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How do you open files from the command line without knowing the specific program name for the file?

Yes there is, it's called xdg-open and should be installed by default. You can read more about it in ArchWiki: xdg-open is a desktop-independent tool for configuring the default applications of a ...
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How to deactivate pdf preview in files

Pantheon-files uses a thumbnailer daemon called tumbler . You can disable generation of thumbnails for PDFs by opening a terminal and editing the config file. sudo nano /etc/xdg/tumbler/tumbler.rc ...
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Can I add a "Create New Folder" button in Files?

This is not the solution you ask for, but I have an insiders' tip: You can still use the contextmenu to create a new folder in a full list view. Just right-click on the "select-checkmark-icon".
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Change language of home folders

Take a look in the following files: ~/.config/user-dirs.dirs ~/.config/user-dirs.locale This files are created by the xdg-user-dir tool. The .dirs file have the actual names of the default user ...
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Cannot change ownership of a network folder shared from Windows

As cifs is kind of foreign concept to Linux, you cannot always use common Linux tools to change things like owner or permissions (especially regarding network shares). To get write access to your ...
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Loki and Dropbox

I recommend this script https://github.com/zant95/elementary-dropbox. Works like a charm.
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Pantheon Integration of Google Drive

google-drive-ocamlfuse is what you want. It integrates Google Drive as a removable drive into Pantheon Files and/or Nautilus. It is free too. Find detailled info on how to set it up (and to ...
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Why can't I place files on the desktop by default, and how can I get this feature?

You can use Screenlets, which comes with a folder view Screenlet. To install it simply run: sudo apt-get install screenlets Or install it from the Software Centre. Once it is installed, run ...
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Why can't I place files on the desktop by default, and how can I get this feature?

That option is not available by default because it goes against the design behind elementary OS - that it's a clean and well designed environment. Applications should be started by using Slingshot. ...
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Graphical interfaces to search for files?

If you, like me, prefer K-Find rather than Gnome Search Tool, then install K-Find through sudo apt-get install kfind, run sudo nano /usr/share/contractor/find.contract (see https://github.com/...
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Color tags of Files

The colors are hard-coded at the moment in /libcore/gof-preferences.vala in the source tree so cannot be changed through the user interface or by changing a setting or config file.
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How can I change the icon for a specific file type?

Create a New Mimetype We have to teach the system about GuitarPro as something called a "mimetype". To do that, we need to create a mimetype package file that contains info about how to identify ...
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Files Don't Appear on Desktop?

There is not a desktop folder in elementary OS, you can't put icons or files in the desktop, all the icons go to the dock bar and the files to your home folder
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More than ten search-results in Pantheon Files?

Actually this limit of 10 is hard-coded in the software code of pantheon-files (libwidgets/View/SearchResults.vala, lines 59-61) const int MAX_RESULTS = 10; const int MAX_DEPTH = 5; const ...
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Compress and Extract options missing from Files with latest update

Managed to solve this. It seems this issue affects those who update via the terminal. sudo apt install --reinstall org.gnome.fileroller
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cant drag files or folders anywhere in freya

Hold the right-click button and drag using the trackpad. If you hold the right-click button too long before dragging, then the contextual menu opens up instead.
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How do I use exfat drives?

Exfat support is not included out of the box due to licensing issues. However, you can manually install support for it from the Terminal. Open the Terminal app from the Applications launcher or with ...
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Open elementary apps from the command-line

Besides writing io.elementary.code or creating an alias there isn't any way to open a app from the command line.
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How do I manage iPhone on elementary os

If you don't find a solution on the Linux side, consider an IOS app called Phone Drive. The app will start web and FTP servers on the phone providing direct upload/download access to your Camera ...
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Shortcut to Open Home Folder now opens tab instead

You are right the behaviour changed - in response to issues raised by others. What you can do is to disable your existing Application shortcut and create a Custom shortcut with the command io....
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Why there are two "files" apps

Pantheon-files by elementary LLC has a light-grey folder icon with a 'home' symbol on top of it. To uninstall its competitor ('Arquivos' app with a blue locker icon): Go to AppCenter > Installed tab....
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Why is Freya telling me I have no disk space left?

The best possible thing I can think of is 'your options did not save' at the time of partitioning and the installer somehow pointed to system defaults. Did you really save your partition settings ...
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How to disable recent files in pantheon files?

If you enable privacy mode like so: You'll still see an empty "Recent" link in file manager: However it should disappear from the open file dialogue for apps:
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