Desktop should show a scrollbar if full

Bug #291203 reported by Endolith on 2008-10-30
This bug affects 1 person
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Won't Fix
nautilus (Ubuntu)
Ubuntu Desktop Bugs

Bug Description

Binary package hint: nautilus

Sometimes I accidentally download/extract/copy a large number of files to my Desktop; more than it can fit.

Instead of dealing with this in a sane manner, it responds by piling up all the icons on top of each other in the corner, making them impossible to manipulate.

If the Desktop is full, it should display a scrollbar, just like any other Nautilus window.

Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

the desktop is not a dialog so that would not be easy to do and it's not clear that it would be better than the current way, that's really a corner case and not something the ubuntu team is interested to change

Changed in nautilus:
assignee: nobody → desktop-bugs
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
status: New → Invalid

I agree that a solution for this problem is needed. I'm not sure that a scrollbar is the best way either, but nevertheless, this *is* a problem.

In my opinion, this situation is not a "corner case" too small to consider. If you allow the user to create more files on the desktop than there is room for, you need to handle the situation as well. It's a low priority problem indeed, but still a valid one. Putting icons on top of each other seems like a workaround at best.

Random ideas for possible solutions:

1) Some kind of scrollbar (as mentioned)
2) Scroll arrows at the right/left side of the screen (like the Wii menu, see the arrow at the right edge of
3) Automatic placement of a shortcut displaying the desktop in a normal nautilus window when the Desktop is full (and hiding the icons that can't fit into the desktop)

Changed in nautilus:
status: Invalid → New
Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

could you open the bug on then where the people writting the software will read it too? ubuntu is not going to change that in a distribution specific way

Changed in nautilus:
status: New → Incomplete
Endolith (endolith) wrote :

Another example is running in low-resolution mode when the graphics can't be determined, or when running a virtual desktop over NX on a smaller-resolution screen.

Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

Thank you for sending the bug to GNOME

Changed in nautilus:
status: Incomplete → Triaged
Changed in nautilus:
status: Unknown → New
tags: added: nautilus-desktop-icons
Changed in nautilus:
importance: Unknown → Wishlist
Changed in nautilus:
status: New → Won't Fix
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