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Thunar; can't list files by filetype or date order.
« on: December 19, 2021, 01:24:09 PM »
 

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This may have been asked many times, but I'm unable to find a clear answer.

I can't find a way of listing files using Thunar by filetype or date order (as this makes file management easier). This has been tried on 3 PC's approx specs 2.7GHz twin core processor, 4Gb RAM running LL 5.6. Edit> Select by Pattern does not appear to do this. A general web search suggested that Linux generally does not permit one to list files in this way. Is this correct, or am I missing the obvious or otherwise mistaken?

Please let me know if possible, bearing in mind that I have no knowledge of programming, or the right mindset to comprehend code.

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Re: Thunar; can't list files by filetype or date order.
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Thunar 1.8.14

Icon view or compact list - click 'view' or right click on some white space in the directory - select 'Arrange Items' and choose sort by ...

Detailed List view - click 'view' - 'configure columns' and check 'date' and 'type' - if necessary drag the headings so you can see them - click in the heading to sort, click in the heading again to change ascending/descending.
 

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« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2021, 01:44:03 PM »
 

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Thank you for offering your help. I already have the columns Name, Size, Type and Date Modified checked in the Detailed List View. Sorry I don't understand what you mean by "click in the heading to sort, click in the heading again to change ascending/descending". The columns can be re-arranged in order left to right using the Move Up/Move down buttons, but I can't find how to set the listing in date order or by a specified filetype.

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Click the header column to sort - similar to other window managers...


 
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Sorry I don't understand what you mean by "click in the heading to sort, click in the heading again to change ascending/descending". The columns can be re-arranged in order left to right using the Move Up/Move down buttons, but I can't find how to set the listing in date order or by a specified filetype.

Your view may vary, but somewhere near the top of the pane listing the files, you should see a row which I called the heading.  This row will have labels like

'Name'  'Size' 'Type' 'Date Modified' etc depending on what you've asked Thunar to display.

One of the categories in the heading row will have a little pointer up or down - say it is against 'Name'. This means your list is sorted by name and the pointer tells whether the sort is ascending or descending.  If you click in the header on 'Type' or 'Date Modified' the pointer will move and the list will be re-sorted by what you clicked.  If you click on the same again the pointer will change direction and the sort will reverse order. So sorting by date or file type is just a matter of clicking on what you want to sort by in the heading.
 

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« Reply #5 on: December 21, 2021, 01:35:52 PM »
 

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Many thanks for your solution; It's easy when you know how. In Windows the way I did this is very different. I'm relatively new to Linux and wish I had got into it a long time ago.

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