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Sort files in group like windows

Post by zeeshanali1993 » Fri Jun 22, 2018 4:03 pm

Hi, Please consider to add an option to sort files in group like in windows. Its quite handy feature when need to deal with hundred of files. Then files can be sorted in groups and can collapse the files not needed. :shock:

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Re: Sort files in group like windows

Post by xenopeek » Fri Jun 22, 2018 5:14 pm

Please be more descriptive in ideas as "just like in Windows" only helps people understand it that regularly use Windows.

In any case, as noted in the rules at the top of this forum, please post ideas for developers of the file manager you use on their collaboration space. Search for similar ideas before posting a new one. And try to make a better case for the idea than "I need it because I'm too lazy to organize my files myself" (how it comes across now), and try to think on what use it would be for other people. Developers are unlikely to spend time implementing something for just one person.
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Re: Sort files in group like windows

Post by zeeshanali1993 » Sat Jun 23, 2018 4:16 am

Sorry for wrong space, but it's a basic function that should be available, and it had nothing to do with laziness for your kind information.

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Re: Sort files in group like windows

Post by xenopeek » Sat Jun 23, 2018 4:26 am

Sure, I'm just saying ideas have a better chance of getting attention from developers when worded in a way as to how they would be useful to users other than just you.
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Re: Sort files in group like windows

Post by shawnhcorey » Sat Jun 23, 2018 8:52 am

I don't know how Windows does it but you can arrange items by type, that is, by file extension. Simply right click in the window and select Arrange Items >. Click on the radio button By Type.
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Re: Sort files in group like windows

Post by Schultz » Sat Jun 23, 2018 9:05 am

I know what the OP is asking for. Sorting by "Groups" puts a gap, for lack of a better word, between the different file types. It is visually appealing. Each group has a header stating the file type and puts an arrow where you can, as the OP said, collapse the groups.

This would be, I'm guessing, a function of the file manager. You didn't state what DE you're using (Cinnamon, Mate, etc.). If any DE has this feature, I'd bet it would be KDE.

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Re: Sort files in group like windows

Post by shawnhcorey » Sat Jun 23, 2018 9:17 am

Schultz wrote:
Sat Jun 23, 2018 9:05 am
This would be, I'm guessing, a function of the file manager. You didn't state what DE you're using (Cinnamon, Mate, etc.). If any DE has this feature, I'd bet it would be KDE.
You can download the file managers independent of the desktop and try each to see if any have this feature. Any desktop will run any file manager.
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Re: Sort files in group like windows

Post by Schultz » Sat Jun 23, 2018 4:59 pm

Apparently my suspicion was correct. According to the 2nd post by parijath in the link below (3rd post overall), Dolphin (KDE's file manager) has the "group by" feature. Not sure though if the groups are collapseable.

https://www.reddit.com/r/kde/comments/4 ... tures_and/

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Re: Sort files in group like windows

Post by xenopeek » Sat Jun 23, 2018 5:17 pm

Good find. You can toggle show in groups in Dolphin and it will then group by the field you've selected to sort by.
The groups are however not collapsible.
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Re: Sort files in group like windows

Post by zeeshanali1993 » Sun Jun 24, 2018 6:04 am

Schultz wrote:
Sat Jun 23, 2018 9:05 am
I know what the OP is asking for. Sorting by "Groups" puts a gap, for lack of a better word, between the different file types. It is visually appealing. Each group has a header stating the file type and puts an arrow where you can, as the OP said, collapse the groups.

This would be, I'm guessing, a function of the file manager. You didn't state what DE you're using (Cinnamon, Mate, etc.). If any DE has this feature, I'd bet it would be KDE.
Linux Mint Cinnamon 18.3. And thats what I was asking thanks for explaining.

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Re: Sort files in group like windows

Post by MinecraftChest1 » Fri Aug 24, 2018 6:51 pm

I see what he means by groups. In windows explorer or more formally file explorer in windows, you have drive letters (a feature that i would like to be added) and sub-folders in the navigation pane or the sidebar as I sometimes like to call it. If you click on the arrow next to the sub-folder, it shows more sub-folders/files and so on. If you click on it again, it hides them again. I have never thought of that but that would be nice sometimes.

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Re: Sort files in group like windows

Post by xenopeek » Sat Aug 25, 2018 1:55 am

That's not what OP meant. Besides, what you're describing is called tree view for the sidebar (or side pane) and all file managers on Linux Mint (Nemo on Cinnamon, Caja on MATE and Thunar on Xfce) already have the option to switch the sidebar to treeview: with a button or selection box in the sidebar itself, and/or through the file managers' View menu.
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Re: Sort files in group like windows

Post by catweazel » Sat Aug 25, 2018 2:25 am

MinecraftChest1 wrote:
Fri Aug 24, 2018 6:51 pm
I see what he means by groups. In windows explorer or more formally file explorer in windows, you have drive letters (a feature that i would like to be added)
Hopefully that will never, ever happen.
MinecraftChest1 wrote: and sub-folders in the navigation pane or the sidebar as I sometimes like to call it. If you click on the arrow next to the sub-folder, it shows more sub-folders/files and so on. If you click on it again, it hides them again. I have never thought of that but that would be nice sometimes.
In Cinnamon, you select Tree from the file manager's View > Side Pane menu. It isn't available in MATE's file manager, IIRC.

KDE's Dolphin file manager also does it. However you will not have full Dolphin functionality, such as integration with the desktop, if you install Dolphin inside MATE or Cinnamon. There may be other file managers that can do it so it might be worth looking in the software manager to see if you can find one that you like.
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Re: Sort files in group like windows

Post by xenopeek » Sat Aug 25, 2018 2:27 pm

catweazel wrote:
Sat Aug 25, 2018 2:25 am
In Cinnamon, you select Tree from the file manager's View > Side Pane menu. It isn't available in MATE's file manager, IIRC.

KDE's Dolphin file manager also does it.
As I shared, MATE's file manager (Caja) does have tree view for the sidebar. There's an option for it in the sidebar itself and in the View menu.
Cinnamon's file manager (Nemo) also has a button for it in the sidebar.
Xfce's file manager (Thunar) only has the option in the menu.

As for KDE, I'd like to know where you found the option to switch the sidebar to tree view. I couldn't find it on Linux Mint 18.3 KDE.
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Re: Sort files in group like windows

Post by catweazel » Sat Aug 25, 2018 7:28 pm

xenopeek wrote:
Sat Aug 25, 2018 2:27 pm
As for KDE, I'd like to know where you found the option to switch the sidebar to tree view. I couldn't find it on Linux Mint 18.3 KDE.
F7 or View > Panels > Folders

However that's in Plasma 5.13.4 on Neon. I don't use Mint KDE 18.3.
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