Behavior Options

This section describes the options presented under the Behavior Tab of the preferences dialog.

11.11.1. Delete

Confirm permanent file delete

Prompts for confirmation before deleting files.

Confirm move file to Trash

Prompts for confirmation before moving files to the trash bin.

Enable Delete key

Disable this to disassociate the delete file function from the Delete key.

If Confirm file delete , above, is disabled, accidentally hitting the Delete can result in files being erroneously deleted without warning. Disabling the Delete key will prevent this. The Ctrl + D key sequence is not affected.

Use Geeqie trash location

Moves deleted files to a temporary folder, for easy retrieval of deleted files. Files in the temporary folder are retained until the maximum size is reached, at which point deleting additional files will result in the removal of the oldest files to reclaim the space needed for the new files.

Files moved to the Safe Delete folder are prefixed with a six digit number in the format: nnnnnn_FILENAME

This is used by the delete feature to distinguish which files to remove first when clearing space for new files.

The digit counter increments with each deleted file.

Use system Trash bin

Moves deleted files to the system-defined trash bin.


The location of the folder used by the Safe Delete feature.

Maximum size

The size to use for the Safe Delete folder, in megabytes. Note that setting this value to 0 (zero) will disable any limit.

Clear button

Removes all files contained in the Safe Delete folder.

View button

Changes the Geeqie main window to display the contents of the Safe Delete folder.

11.11.2. Behavior

Descend folders in tree view

This will allow Geeqie to read sub folder content to determine if it should display expander indicators in the folder tree view.

Disable this if Geeqie wakes up auto mounted network shares, or takes too long to initially display the folder view.

In place renaming

When renaming a single file, this will allow the rename entry to appear directly over the original filename.

List directory view uses single click to enter

If selected, a single click will enter a directory, rather than the GTK+ default of a double click.

Save marks on exit

Save all marks that have been set. Note that marks that are linked to a keyword will always be saved irrespective of this setting.

Use "With Rename" as default for Copy/Move dialogs

Move the "With Rename" button to the default position.

Open Collections on top

Open collection windows with "Always on Top" set.

Recent folder list maximum size

This is the number of entries to be saved from the recent open folder list drop-down box. The number of entries displayed in the current session is unlimited.

Drag'n drop icon size

This is the width and height of the icon generated from image and displayed when doing drag and drop actions. High resolution screens may require to increase this number.

Copy path clipboard selection

This option determines which clipboard selection is used for the "Copy path" menu item. The exact method of the paste operation will depend on the operating system, but in general will be:


Paste using mouse middle-click, or shift-insert.


Paste using mouse right-click and select paste, or control-v.

11.11.3. Navigation

Progressive keyboard scrolling

This will cause image panning speed to gradually accelerate when holding down the keyboard arrows.

Keyboard scrolling step multiplier:

Defines the amount to pan an image when using the keyboard arrows.

Mouse wheel scrolls image

The default is for the mouse wheel to change the image, and to scroll the image when Shift is used in combination with the wheel. Enabling this swaps the behavior so that operating the wheel will scroll the image, and holding down Shift will change the image.

Navigation by left or middle click on image

If selected, mouse left-click will select the next image; mouse middle-click will select the previous image.

Play video by left click on image

If selected, mouse left-click on an image belonging to the video class will start a program chosen in a box below.

11.11.4. Debugging

Debug level

Displayed when compiled with the option --enable-debug-log. This defines the verbosity of debug info sent to console and log window (0 disables the debug output).

Log Window max. lines

The maximum number of data lines to be displayed. The window will show the most recent data.