Nautilus is a great file manager, and you can make it even better with a few tricks and outright hacks. Many changes will take place immediately, like if you change the window background or add emblems to files and folders, but others require Nautilus to restart.
Sometimes, merely closing any open Nautilus windows will do the trick, and when you open a folder window again, your changes have taken place. But more often than not, a proper restart of Nautilus is required, as even when there are no folder windows open, if you look in System Monitor you will see that Nautilus is indeed still running. This is because Nautilus handles more than just file browsing, and is responsible for drawing the desktop, so it is constantly running. You can always reboot your computer, but there is a quicker way to view your changes.
To force Nautilus to close and restart, use Alt+F2 to open the Run Application box (or open a terminal) and enter the following command:
You will probably notice in your bottom panel notification that Nautilus is restarting; note that if you had any open folder windows they will not be restarted – just Nautilus running in the background again, taking care of things like the desktop. But when you open a folder window again, your hack will have been implemented (as long as all went well, of course).
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