GNOME 3.12 Files/Nautilus “Sort Folders before Files” issues

I’m using Arch and recently updated to GNOME 3.12 and immediately noticed an annoying visual issue whereby the GNOME Files application (aka Nautilus) would display files interwoven with folders whereas I strongly prefer showing folders first then files. The Files app does have a preference called “Sort Folders before Files” available but it doesn’t work, enabling it doesn’t do anything and checking the preference dialog a second time shows it back to being unchecked.

To work around the issue, I ended up using the dconf-editor application to change it manually. Navigate to the org.gnome.nautilus.preferences key and set the option sort-directories-first to true.

To achieve the same effect for the Open and Save file dialogs, navigate to the key org.gtk.Settings.FileChooser and set the option sort-directories-first to true.

21 thoughts on “GNOME 3.12 Files/Nautilus “Sort Folders before Files” issues

  1. Hey, thanks for this. The gtk file chooser was all jumbled on my newly adopted Manjaro and this post showed me how to fix it. 😀

  2. thank you for this, this was annoying me for quite some time now.
    any idea on how to do the same for the “copy to” or “move to” functionality?

  3. Thanks! for me (F22 gnome 3.12 ) this worked ,
    {code}
    gsettings set org.gnome.nautilus.preferences sort-directories-first true
    {code}

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