Disable spatial mode in GNOME’s Nautilus file browser

gnomeI’m a big GNOME fan and have been using it ever since it was first released.

Ofcourse, like all software, not all is good with the GNOME project also and some of the decisions made by the developers are just plain absurd to me. One such decision was making the Spatial mode on Nautilus as the default.

Nautilus, for those not familiar with it, is the default file browser/manager bundled with GNOME and the spatial mode basically means that each folder or file opens in a window of its own. There are other advantages to the spatial mode, I agree, but this is the one that I found the most irritating.

Nautilus Spatial mode

To make Nautilus behave and get rid of the spatial mode, open the gconf-editor application from the run menu and browse to the following key: apps -> Nautilus -> Preferences

Now, check the always_user_browser property.

gconf editor

That’s all. Now, go ahead and enjoy Nautilus and GNOME the way they’re meant to be.


Search Wikipedia and Google from the Start menu in Vista

vista The search function integrated in the Start menu is probably one of the best features in Windows Vista. I use it all the time to search for files on my computer and even as a launcher to launch applications.

It also gives an option to search the Internet from the same search box, but the only problem is that using this option will by default use MSN as the search engine which is not what I am used to.


Wouldn’t it be nice if the search box could give me an option to search using Google and wikipedia instead of MSN. This post will help you add Google and wikipedia to the Start menu search.

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Turn off deep linking in yahoo search results

According to wikipedia, deep linking is defined as:

Deep linking, on the World Wide Web, is making a hyperlink that points to a specific page or image on another website, instead of that website’s main or home page. Such links are called deep links.

Yahoo search recently turned on deep linking and images from wikipedia for any queries that result in a wikipedia page. For example, for the following query (“blog”), this is what yahoo search comes up with as a part of the results.

Yahoo Deeplinking example

Notice how the wikipedia entry is different from the others. Yahoo search included four useful links from the wikipedia page, a summary and an also an image.

Yahoo was already using deeplinking for a couple of other popular websites like flickr, yelp and linkedin.

I, personally, think that this feature is pretty useful, especially the image that is shown along with the search result, but if you’re not interested in the links that yahoo provides, you can disable deeplinking in your search preferences. Just click the remove button in front of the service name that you want to disable deeplinking for. Yahoo will never bother you with more than what you searched for.

Let me know what you guys think of this feature in the comments.

Disable user access control in Windows Vista

If you’ve used Windows Vista for any length of time, you’ve probably encountered the User access control (UAC) dialogue box. UAC is the annoying feature which pops up dialogue boxes every now and then whenever it thinks that the user is doing something that could probably harm the computer. 

It can be a useful feature if the user is a newbie and not very comfortable with using computers. For experienced users, though, its just an annoyance that most users can live without. 

Fortunately, UAC is one feature than can be disabled for good. To disable it, open the “User accounts” panel from inside Control Panel.

Disable UAC

Click on the link titled “Turn User Account Control on or off“.

UAC dialogue

This will pop up (yet another) dialogue asking you to confirm your choice and reboot your computer. UAC should now be disabled.