Nautilus loses its place after you create a new folder

Bug #501997 reported by John Kounis on 2010-01-01
This bug affects 4 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Ayatana Design
John Lea
One Hundred Papercuts
nautilus (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

If you create a folder in Nautilus, it's supposed to highlight the name so you can type in the name of the new folder. However, the more files in a directory, the longer this process takes. With something like 1,000 files in a directory, it takes a very long time, and the behaviour is not optimal if you start typing the name of the folder too soon. This means that if I create a new folder that I want to call XYZ, the following often occurs:

(1) I select File -> Create Folder
(2) Nautilus starts slowly refreshing my big folder
(3) Before Nautilus highlights the folder called "untitled folder", I type "XYZ"
(4) Nautilus stops refreshing my folder and assumes that I'm looking for an existing file or folder entitled XYZ, so it highlights the first file in my directory that starts with XYZ (e.g. "XYZfile.txt").

In order to recover, I have to hit F5, wait for the folder to refresh, find "untitled folder", select "Edit -> Rename" and then type XYZ.

The preferred behaviour would be that Nautilus assumes that any characters typed after "Create Folder" are the name of the new folder, not the search criteria within the folder. If that is not possible, then "Create Folder" should display a pop-up window that prompts for the name of the folder to be created.

I just created a file in ~/.gnome2/nautilus-scripts/Create-Folder that is a good workaround. The script prompts for the name of a folder and then creates it. It is attached.

Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

Thank you for your bug report, that's an upstream issue and should be sent to GNOME

Changed in nautilus (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Low
Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

The change is probably not trivial too and the bug is a minor annoyance and corner case situation

Omer Akram (om26er) wrote :

reported it upstream but don't know how to link it here

Changed in nautilus (Ubuntu):
status: New → Triaged
Vish (vish) wrote :

Thank you for bringing this bug to our attention. However, a paper cut should be a small usability issue, in the default Ubuntu install, that affects many people and is quick and easy to fix. So this bug can't be addressed as part of this project.

For further information about papercuts criteria, please read

Don't worry though, this bug has been marked as "Invalid" only in the papercuts project.

Changed in hundredpapercuts:
status: New → Invalid
John Lea (johnlea) on 2011-10-14
Changed in ayatana-design:
assignee: nobody → John Lea (johnlea)
importance: Undecided → Low
status: New → Fix Committed
tags: added: onew udo
John Lea (johnlea) on 2011-10-18
tags: added: udp
Changed in ayatana-design:
status: Fix Committed → Triaged
John Lea (johnlea) on 2012-09-19
Changed in ayatana-design:
status: Triaged → Fix Committed
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