Should mousing over (but not clicking) audio files on the desktop cause them to play invisibly?

Andrew a.starr.b at
Thu Apr 2 22:55:13 BST 2009

On Thu, Apr 2, 2009 at 5:24 PM, Matthew East <mdke at> wrote:
> On Thu, Apr 2, 2009 at 9:59 PM, Scott Ritchie <scott at> wrote:
>> So, by default Gnome has a feature that I've seen confuse at least a few
>> users - if you leave the mouse over top an audio file it will
>> automatically start playing the file, even if it's already open or you
>> have other music playing at the same time.
> A "me too" from me. That's always struck me as a crazy feature. I
> don't know if it is feasible to disable it at this stage in the
> release cycle, but I'd certainly welcome the change.
> I'm not convinced that the upstream bug has had much serious
> discussion, it's only one developer commenting so far.

Just want to add a voice opposed to disabling it. I find it a very
useful feature myself. When browsing through directories with
Nautilus, if I want to hear what a file is I don't necessarily want
to open a full fledged audio player.

- Andrew Starr-Bochicchio

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