The gnome-devs have tidied the code and the interface when they moved from gnome-2 to gnome-3.
With this tidy, you'll have to learn some new tricks.
Thus - there is no longer a drop-down to select the view you want. The keyboard shortcuts are:
- icons CTRL+1
- list CTRL+2
- compact CTRL+3
As you can guess - this tidy as affected the list view & new create folder trick. Use your newly learned shortcut to switch to icon-view and then you can create a new folder. Alternatively - use the (old) keyboard shortcut SHIFT+CTRL+N
I'm not aware of any special function to "chmod" and "chown" - you can still right-click and choose properties and permissions. You can then change the owner/group and file-access from that tab.
Remember to start
nautilus as root using the command:
or from the GUI:
and then type