[ubuntu-uk] Icon-sized front pages of pdfs

Rowan Berkeley rowan.berkeley at gmail.com
Thu Jan 27 11:52:00 UTC 2011

On Thu, 27 Jan 2011 09:22:18 +0000, Colin Law <clanlaw at googlemail.com>
> On 27 January 2011 09:01, Rowan Berkeley <rowan.berkeley at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > Hi,
> > I have over a thousand pdf files, and I have noticed that every time
> > I open one of the sub-folders containing them, the file manager 
> > starts whooshing around trying to collect tiny icon-sized copies of
> > the front pages of every pdf in the sub-folder and display them next
> > to the file details in the file list. There is a simple preferences
> > box which allows the usual modifications of what gets displayed in a
> > file list, but I can't see how to deactivate this particular 
> > feature. Does anyone know a way?
> In Nautilus (the file manager) select Edit > Preferences then on the
> the Preview tab there is a Show thumbnails option which I think is
> what you want.
> Colin

Ha, that was it, I had missed it. Now I just get a column full of little
red adobe acrobat icons, which is not so nice to look at but removes the
delay -- which, in answer to the other replies, I emphasise is really
quite considerable when the folder contains hundreds of pdfs; it takes
maybe half a minute to find them all, and while it is collecting them,
the slider for the panel slithers up and down, making it difficult to
navigate to whatever file one wants. When opening a sub-folder located
on an external hard drive, the process of collecting the thumbnails is
slower still. I dare say there are other file formats which also seek to
generate thumbnails by default, but it so happens that in my case it is

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