I just update to current gnome 3.6. So this will also bring an redesigned file app (nautilus). In the ListView I miss the folder expand Icon to expand the folder inline. With double click of course a new will be opened.

Has anyone an Idea how to activate the inline expand feature?
Maybe it's lost in the redesign.

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    There seems to be no coverage at all on this. It's not even mentioned on live.gnome.org/Nautilus/Roadmap/3.6 . And it is upsetting me more than that split view is gone.
    – Jakob
    Dec 16, 2012 at 13:34

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Tree view is actually available in 13.10, 14.04 beta: Under preferences, check this option:

Check Navigate folder in a tree, under Display tab.


Just to make clear what this is about: It is officially called "tree view" (screenshot)

This feature has been removed in Gnome 3.6 .

A poll on omgubuntu mentions it, linking to the git commit.

More to the point is the last comment in this gnome bug:

William Jon McCann [developer] 2012-08-14 21:43:49 UTC

The tree view has been removed from nautilus.


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    That's it and I also found why it's removed. It is the list view after all. Tree models don't work well on touch and it isn't consistent with the file chooser. (git.gnome.org/browse/nautilus/commit/…) This is rubbish !!! What about the power user. I don't use "finger pointing"
    – derlinuxer
    Dec 18, 2012 at 8:52
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    Note that, in Gnome 3.8, THE TREE VIEW IS BACK!!! mail.gnome.org/archives/commits-list/2013-February/…
    – Jakob
    May 14, 2013 at 17:45
  • It's really crazy and upsetting they change such important daily feature just like that ... Thanks for sharing ! How to get that on my Ubuntu 13.04 ?!
    – Stéphane
    May 16, 2013 at 9:47
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    This is insanity.
    – o_o_o--
    Aug 2, 2013 at 20:08
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    Stephane: add-apt-repository ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3 ; apt-get update ; apt-get upgrade
    – Jakob
    Aug 24, 2013 at 16:57

If you mean the TreeView in the left pane, then it was removed.

Check for more changes: http://blogs.gnome.org/mclasen/2012/08/30/on-nautilus/

  • Thanks, But no, I mean the expand in the main window. There has been a small triangle direct in front of the folders. So you could expand the folder without getting a complete new view.
    – derlinuxer
    Nov 19, 2012 at 8:34

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