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Is there any way to make Nautilus use different colors when showing list of files? Something similar to what ls does in console visually distinguishing archives, executable scripts etc?

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There is no Configuration for Coloured view as in terminal , but definitely File type based is available .

Go to Edit=>Preferences ,select in List columns as

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which will enable you to view File Type in List View under MIME type , (Application to open it) as

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And in TYPE column , seen as

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Or in Icons view , press Ctrl+S and type the file type you want to view as *.jpg and wall* for file names to Highlight all the respective Files.

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Thanks, I know I can see that column, the problem is that I normally use Compact view and color coding is in general easier to grasp than reading thru column. Ctrl+S works in any mode and it's a good hint when you need selection. – Igor Semenko Aug 3 '12 at 8:53

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