Changing Default file manager Nautilus to Thunar

I am running Gnome, but want Thunar as my default file manager. Last time I did this my desktop froze. I did it with some Ubuntu script Is there someway I can do this without my desktop freezing?

Maybe these methods: … nager.html (just replace pcmanfm with thunar)

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  • [SOLVED] Changing default file manager to thunar

    How do I do this?
    I do have thunar installed.
    Last edited by unplugged23 (2010-05-09 00:03:58)

    EDIT: Sorry, I read your question wrong.
    Go to Edit > Preferences > Applications Tab
    Under file, change the action to "Use other..." and direct it to /usr/bin/thunar
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