Quick Access Widget Directory Browsing

I am always looking for tools and applications that make the desktop a lot more fun to use, while boosting my productivity at the same time. Such tools should accomplish those objectives without getting in the way. I have already written about two of them in 2 cool reasons to use the K Desktop Environment.

In this article, steps you need to install another one of such applications in Linux Mint 12 KDE are presented. Since it is a KDE Plasma widget, you can also install in on any distribution that uses KDE. The application in question is called Quick Access. It provides the same features as Stackfolder, one of the two applications I wrote about
here.

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You may install it from a shell terminal or from the graphical application manager. From a shell terminal, type sudo apt-get install plasma-widget-quickaccess.

Next task is to add the widget to the panel. To do that, right-click on an empty area of the panel, and select Panel Options > Add Widgets. In the search box, typing “quick access” will ring up the widget. Double-clicking on it adds it to the panel.
Add Quick Access Plasma Widget

After adding the widget, you can move it to another location on the panel. This screen shot shows the widget in List Mode, the default view. You can browse your home folder without launching Dolphin, the file manager. Quick Access is highly customizable, and you can access the settings utility by right-clicking on the icon and selecting “Quick Access Settings.”
Quick Access Widget List Mode

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This is the General tab of the settings utility.
Quick Access Widget General Settings

On the Appearance tab, you can change the look of the widget. You can, for example, change the size of the icons, turn the view mode from List Mode to Icon Mode, and enable tooltips.
Quick Access Widget Appearance Settings

From the Preview tab, you can turn previews on. It is disabled by default.
Quick Access Widget Preview Settings

Quick Access in Icon Mode. I find this to be better than the List Mode.
Quick Access Widget Icon Mode

Browsing image files in a directory with previews and tooltips enabled.
Quick Access Widget Image Browsing

Browsing text files in a directory with previews and tooltips enabled.
Quick Access Widget Directory Browsing

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27 Responses

  1. I followed the guide strictly on every detail, Ubuntu works fine but when I try to load Windows it shows the loading splash screen but then goes black and the HD light keeps blinking but nothing happens except my fans start going crazy like its over heating, HALP!

      1. sorry not sure what exactly you are asking. initially, i did a fresh install of windows 7 and ran all the updates, then i ran Ubuntu from the CD and installed it as per the guide on the second hard drive. i rebooted and windows loaded up automatically, then i installed/ran EasyBCD to add the Ubuntu entry and set GRUB2, then when I rebooted after that I can run Ubuntu fine but Windows hangs on the black screen just after you see the initial splash Windows 7 loading screen. I can get into Windows Safe mode as well.

        1. hold the presses, it appears that the black screen of death was caused by an updated nvidia driver in Windows 7, everything appears to work once I restored to a point before the drivers were updated.

  2. I followed the directions and everything went smooth. But when I try to boot up ubuntu I get sent to a grub prompt. Do you have any ideas on what is going wrong?

    1. Tough to say. Where did you install GRUB, /dev/sdb or /dev/sdb1?

      Can you boot into Windows? If you can, try reinstalling Ubuntu. If you followed the steps as described, it should work.

      1. Windows will boot up fine and I believe I installed GRUB in /dev/sdb. Would it make a difference that I’m installing ubuntu on a external hdd? I will try to reinstall like you suggested and see if that helps.

        1. Installing to an external drive, something I feel is not necessary, is likely the problem. If installing to an external drive, what’s the point of dual-booting. You could just install Ubuntu to the external drive instead of attempting to dual-boot with Windows.

          Dual-booting makes sense only if installing to internal drives on the same computer.

  3. I tried this install method and everything went ok. But when I try to boot up Ubuntu a grub command line comes up. Any ideas what I did wrong?

  4. I have 2 sata hard disks. On one I have windows 7. While installing linux on the other, i didn’t use the manual partitioning method but the ‘use entire disk’ one. Will it still work if I use BCD program to modify the Windows Boot Manager?

    1. Yes, it will, but I hope you understand what happens with the default installation: In your case, the installer will install GRUB in the MBR of the first drive. That makes GRUB responsible for dual-booting both operating systems. While this will work. It also means that you do not need to use the BCD program to modify the Windows Boot Manager.

      Use the BCD program to modify the Windows Boot Manager only if you want Windows Boot Manager to be responsible for dual-booting both operating systems.

  5. Thank you very much for the guide.
    It is a simple & well tailored tutorial.
    Brilliant. Everything was such a breeze.

    One issue though i faced was the boot loader.
    After installation of Mint, neither operating system was booting.

    A disk read error has occurred message would pop out.
    Figured my way out though!
    Now all is in good shape and running well!

    Thanks again

  6. I tried this method with one small difference. I installed windows on the second disk and ubuntu on the first disk. Everything worked fine with the exception of one thing. Anything I installed on linux was not saved to /home. I kept getting errors saying that / and /boot were full. Did I do something wrong?

    1. If the system is saying / and /boot are full, are they?

      Use the disk utility to see whether they are. Or just launch a terminal and type df -h to see what’s going on.

      That aside, the method you used could cause you plenty of pain down the line. When dual-booting Windows and Linux, the recommended method, the path of least-trouble-down-the-road, is to install Windows first.

      1. Thanks, I reset my smaller hd as sata1 and am redoing everything. Hope it all works out. Thanks for the quick response

  7. I did the dual boot but when i start my laptop it only starts with ubuntu, i want the option which comes before starting to choose the os to start, but it did not come and only laptop starts with ubuntu and i cant start my laptop with windows 7

    1. If you installed Ubuntu on the third HDD, the only reason it is starting with Ubuntu is you installed GRUB, the boot loader, on the MBR of the first hard disk. It also tells me that you used the default, auto-partitioning mode. If you had switched to the advanced, manual partitioning mode, you would have had the option to install GRUB somewhere else.

      But even with GRUB installed on the MBR of the first disk, it should have added an entry for Windows 7 in the GRUB menu. The question is this: What did you not do right? Did you follow the directions as laid out in the link I suggested in my last comment?

      Your best bet now is to edit GRUB’s config file and add an entry for Windows 7.

      I am assuming that you did not install Ubuntu in the same space that Windows was installed, that is, you did not delete the Windows installation.

  8. SOLVED – I’m posting for every one having the problem. Before altering the windows bootloader with easyBCD you have to assign a drive letter to the windows hidden system partition. Then you can the entry for mint. After reboot everything works sweetly.!! If you do not want the drive to appear in my computer, you can exclude it by altering a group policy using gpedit.exe in cmd.

  9. Done that already after setting up easyBCD and didn’t work. Do you recon I have to do it before setting up easyBCD? I was also thinking if there is a way to change the drive scan order (If I’m putting correctly) in grub2 so that ntfs partitions are omitted during mint’s start up. Could this solve the problem and if so how can i easily do it?
    Thnx..

  10. Followed the guide step by step. Upon restarting, after selecting Linux Mint 10″ on win bootloader, I get the Ttry (HD0,0): NTFS5: No ang0″ message. It stays on screen for about 30sec (maybe more) and after that linux starts normally. How can I make that disappear so that Mint loads faster?

    1. I have never encountered that message, but others have reported that it is caused by the presence of an unlettered partition in windows – likely the system partition. And the fix is to find that partition under Disk Management, and rename to a drive letter.

      1. Sorry for accidentally posting the answer under my own question..

        Followed the guide step by step. Upon restarting, after selecting Linux Mint 10″ on win bootloader, I get the Ttry (HD0,0): NTFS5: No ang0″ message. It stays on screen for about 30sec (maybe more) and after that linux starts normally. How can I make that disappear so that Mint loads faster?

        1. JESUS what a mess…
          @finid – my reply is this..finally..
          Done that already after setting up easyBCD and didn’t work. Do you recon I have to do it before setting up easyBCD? I was also thinking if there is a way to change the drive scan order (If I’m putting correctly) in grub2 so that ntfs partitions are omitted during mint’s start up. Could this solve the problem and if so how can i easily do it?
          Thnx..

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