When we want only use the keyboard on Nautilus and we want to select non-consecutive files and folders, we cannot see that files has the focus.
Holding down the Ctrl key, we can moving through the files and folder with the Arrows key, but only when we hit Space key, we realize where we are.
This becomes a bigger problem when there are many files and folders and we have to hitting the arrow key very quickly.
This problem happen in Ambiance Theme, only in High Contrast Theme it works well.

In High Contrast Theme you can see that Template folder has the focus alt text

It is in Ambiance Theme(default), the Template folder has the focus, nevertheless it is impossible to know. alt text

  • What is the ctrl key going to add vs. just using the arrow keys which work fine?
    – doug
    Jul 2, 2016 at 10:43
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    In the case you want to select multiple non consecutive files, Ctrl+space (for select the file) then Arrow keys for move the focus to the next file, and select (Ctrl+space). Greetings from Ecuador. Jul 2, 2016 at 13:43
  • Could you edit the post so the pictures are embedded as images? I am using a mobile phone now so it's a bit hard to fix it myself. Oct 9, 2016 at 7:31
  • I have not reputation for do that. Laugh Oct 9, 2016 at 16:22
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    Post edited @andrea Oct 16, 2016 at 5:08

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I could fix that thanks to Bruno Santos.
You might to add a dashed line decoration for the Ambience Theme, to.


NautilusWindow * {
    -GtkPaned-handle-size: 1;
    outline-color: @selected_bg_color;
    outline-style: dashed;
    outline-width: 1px;
    outline-radius: 4px;
    outline-offset: -1px;

More about this Bug here.

  • works here too though because I use custom selected_bg_color & selected_fg_color in ambiance went with the later as it's darker (#3c3b37
    – doug
    Oct 15, 2016 at 1:36
  • How can we modified that portion of code for to display only a orange line below the file or folder that has the focus?. the same way that Dolphin file manager. Oct 15, 2016 at 2:14
  • I forgotten to mention your username @doug Oct 16, 2016 at 5:11

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