PLEASE NOTE: This article is for earlier versions of Nautilus File Manager (2.x) found in earlier Ubuntu releases running on Gnome 2.x, so will not work in Unity (the default desktop environment) or Gnome Shell, both of which are based on Gnome 3.
It’s actually quite easy to add a few more basic buttons to the Nautilus toolbar, which you’ll see if you read this guide for adding Cut, Copy & Paste buttons. To add a “Properties” button to save you constantly right-clicking files and folders for more info, simply add the following line to nautilus-navigation-window-ui.xml:
<toolitem name="Properties" action="Properties" />
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