I ran across a few settings the other day that can help speed up your Nautilus file browser within gnome. This would work for those of you on older machines, of even those that want to get a little more out of your newer machines. My production machines are all about three years old so these few settings pull a little speed out of them. Yes, I know it should be time for me to get a new machine but since I use Ubuntu it still runs as well as it did the day I bought it!
Here are a few things you can configure to speed up Nautilus. First you’ll need to open a Nautilus browser by selecting Places > Home or by opening any other folder that you have available. You’ll then want to navigate to Edit > Preferences and look for the Preview tab.
Show Text In Icons: This setting can be moved to Never which will speed things up by not trying to show a preview of text in the file icons.
Show Thumbnails: This setting can be moved to Never as well, the result of which will tell Nautilus not to show preview thumbnails of images.
Preview Sound Files: This is a setting that I enjoy keeping on, but it can slow things down as well. Setting this to Never will not play any audio previews on mouse-over.
Count Number of Items: This setting will no longer count the number of items in a folder. Again opening up resources for other processes and more responsiveness.
Any other tips on speeding up Nautilus?