How can I navigate folders and subfolders at the same time?

Like "column view" in Mac OS X.

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Edit 2: I use Ubuntu 14.04 and I couldn't install Marlin, so I installed "Pantheon File Manager" instead.

  • But of those 14 only dolphin has miller columns as far as i see. Did I overlook something? – user50910 Mar 19 '12 at 1:18
  • Shouldn't this be reported as a bug in Dolphin? Miller columns should always use single click. – Alfredo Hernández Mar 21 '12 at 22:10
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    I hope you are aware of tabs in the file broswer. If not press Ctrl + t for a new tab in the same window. – jobin Apr 3 '14 at 15:55
  • I mean column view, and thank you for adding the image, i can't because i have less that 10 rep. – Ihab Shoully Apr 3 '14 at 16:12

Yes I got it.. It's marlin file manager


If you want to install execute following commands in terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:marlin-devs/marlin-daily
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install marlin

Hope it helps you..

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  • +1. I think its Ctrl+1 for Files 3.10. – jobin Apr 3 '14 at 16:10
  • Yeah, the same but in column view not tree. – Ihab Shoully Apr 3 '14 at 16:13
  • @Jobin: It's ctrl + 2 in nautilus installed in 12.04.. :P Actually there is a file manager which shows exactly the same way as OP wants.. But I'm not able to remember it.. – Saurav Kumar Apr 3 '14 at 16:15
  • Yes, that's what i mean, thank you, i will install marlin now. – Ihab Shoully Apr 3 '14 at 16:30
  • That's lame because you have to add a repository, which is a security risk. – Darth Egregious Apr 3 '14 at 20:31

This is one of the main reasons I always use List View:

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It's not always ideal.

Some file managers have a multi-pane option. Nautilus used to but this was stripped back. There has been a bit of a struggle to get it back but I'm not sure how viable that is now.

I use Dolphin these days (I'm also a KDE user so that makes sense for me) which might be an option if you're doing this a lot. List view plus split screen FTW:

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  • Hmmm, i like list view, but it confuse me when i have lot files, so am looking for "column view", similar to multi-pane that you said. – Ihab Shoully Apr 3 '14 at 16:27

You can use Marlin, which is much less buggy than it was before, or Pantheon Files, which is forked from Marlin for the elementaryOS.

Installation instructions may be found on the following Q&A:

How can I colour code my files like on a Mac?

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  • I just gave marlin another try, segfault after 15 seconds. I fear it still isn't ready for prime time. – user50910 Apr 5 '13 at 0:11

Your best choice is ranger, which is terminal based.

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    Can you provide more information about how to install ranger (and perhaps also how to use it)? – Eliah Kagan Oct 1 '12 at 3:22
  • ranger is available from the Ubuntu repos since 11.10. – user50910 Apr 5 '13 at 0:21

Nautilus, the file browser in Ubuntu supports mutliple tabs. You can have multiple locations open in the same window, but in different tabs.

  • To open a new tab in Nautilus, press Ctrl+t.

  • To open a folder in a new tab, focus on the folder and type Ctrl+Shift+Enter.

  • To close a tab, press Ctrl+w

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