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How to make a Link in Dolphin file manager

If you run a dual boot Linux system, then you have probably discovered that it is difficult to find what you want on your old Windows file system.  Since Windows cannot “see” your Linux documents and photos, it is sometimes good to store your Linux stuff in the Windows file system where dumb old Windows can find it.  This means that you have to be able to find your way around in the Windows file system.  That is a little tricky and requires lots of mouse clicking.  Using Dolphin, you can not only navigate your Windows system, but you can also make quick “links” to locations that you need to use often so that all those clicks are reduced to ONE.  Start Dolphin now and we will learn how.


Fig. 1

In the left hand column of Dolphin you will see all of your available locations.  To be sure you can see everything, right click in the left column and select “Show all entries.”  A few new items may appear.  Mine looks like figure 1, yours will look different.

“Home” should be at the top.  This is where your Linux documents are stored and it contains several other folders that show when you first start Dolphin.  “Root” is the Linux file system, you mainly leave this alone, but click it now to see what appears in the right column.

In my system, the entry call “HP” is my Windows file system  (your will be different) and the entry call “Docs” is a link to a specific folder inside my Windows system.  With ONE mouse click on “Docs” I can zoom right into my Windows documents.  This would require about 10 clicks otherwise.  If you happen to have a “dead link” that no longer works, you can right click on it and select “Remove” and it will be gone.  Files are NOT deleted, only the link is removed from Dolphin.  If you do not have a “Remove” option, then it is NOT a link and cannot be removed.  I will now remove “Docs” and then put it back step by step…there…. its gone.  Acck!  What have I done??


Figure 2

To make a link, first you have to find a place to which you want to link.  Click the places in the list in the left column until you have found your Windows file system…. you can tell it is Windows because it will have a folder called “Documents and Settings.”   That’s a dead give away.  Ah!! There it is…see figure 2.  Now I am going to click on “Documents and Settings,” then on my user name.  Notice the folder called “My Documents”…. for now, THAT is what I want to make a link to.  Highlight it. (Figure 3)

Fig. 3

Fig. 3

While it is highlighted, RIGHT click on it and select “Add to Places.” (Figure 4)

Figure 4

Fig. 4


In the left column of Dolphin, “My Documents” should now appear.

If you do not like the name that is used in the left column for your new link, you can easily change it.  In the left column, right click on the link and select “Edit” and then type a new name for the link….keep it short.  (see Figure 5)

Figure 5

Figure 5

You now have a direct link to your Windows documents.  You can use Dolphin to copy and move things to and from Windows or you can save Linux documents directly to the Windows file system using this link.  You can make lots of links but keep is simple and make only what you need.  One more thing…. Right Click in the left column and un-check “Show all Entries.”  This will hide the things you don’t need to see all the time.

(Note… if you cannot find your Windows file system in the left column, click on “Root” then “media” and you will find it in there.)


How to Copy Photos from Linux to Windows

If you have a dual boot system you may want to copy something from Linux (that you usually use) over to Windows (that you seldom use.) To do this you use Dolphin.LO_50

Launch Dolphin. Click the big K, then system, then Dolphin. The Dolphin window should open showing you the layout of your hard disk.
If you happen to have a Dolphin icon on your desktop already, you can just click that to start Dolphin.

In the right hand column, navigate to where your photos are located.  In my case I have a folder called Pictures.  You may have such a folder with many other folders under it.  Find the pictures that you want to copy.

Now lets find the target location in Windows.  In the upper left corner of Dolphin click on “Split.”  LO_51Another column will open to the right of the first column, the contents will be the same.  You can switch the “focus” from one column to the other by clicking anywhere in the column (one click.)  Try switching back and forth a couple of times to get the feel of it.  Notice that the column that has the focus will have a blue border around it.  Change the focus to the right hand column.

Now the tricky part.  You have to FIND the target folder in Windows where your want photos to be stored.  In the left most column of Dolphin, click on the Windows drive.  The problem is, it probably will not be called “Windows.”  In my case it is called simply “HP” which stands for Hewlitt Packard.  It could be anything.  It will probably not be the top entry, that is usually “Home.”  There is no harm in clicking every entry until you find it.  When you click a location, its contents will appear in the RIGHT hand column, since it still has the focus.  Search until the contents of your Windows disk drive appear in the right hand column.  You can recognize Windows because it usually has a folder called “Documents and Settings.”  Find and open that folder.LO_52

When you open that folder, you should see a list of Users, in my case, the active user is “Tom” so next I am going to open the “Tom” folder.  Underneath “Tom” I have a whole bunch of folders but ONE of them is called “Pictures.”  So I am going to open it.  I cannot accurately predict exactly what your folders will be named but the principle is the same.  Explore around until you find where you want to place the new  pictures.  You may have to dig deeper than I did to find the location.  If you have done all of this correctly, you should see the contents of your Linux folder in the middle column with some picture files showing.  In the right column you should see the contents of your target Windows folder that may also have some files showing.  Now, all you have to do is “drag and drop” the pictures from the middle column (Linux) over to the right column (Windows.)  To do this, left click on a single file and hold down the button, then drag the file over and release the button when it arrives in the right column.  In the illustration below, you can see 3 photos in my middle column and miscellaneous stuff in my right column.  When you release the button a small option box will appear asking you if you wish to “Copy, move, link, or cancel.”  Select either copy or move.

LO_53That’s it!  Pretty easy.  The directions look a lot scarier than it really is.  You can’t really hurt anything so just dive in and practice until you have it down.  You can also copy more than one file at once.  Select several files before you do your final “click and drag.”  You can copy or move as many as you like.  The same procedure is used to copy other types of files.  Its not just for  pictures.

LO_54See, now all my  files are in Windows.

If you wish to close one of the columns, click on “Close” in the upper left corner of Dolphin.  To put Dolphin away, simply X out of it or click File, Quit.