Change the default sort order in Nautilus
The default sort order in Nautilus has been changed to sorting alphabetically by name and the option to change this seems to be broken. For example I prefer my files to be sorted by type so I ran
and browsed to org/gnome/nautilus/preferences. From there you should be able to change the value by using the drop down:
Unfortunately the only option available is modification time. Once you change it to that you can’t even go back to name. This also appears to be a problem when trying to set the value using the command line interface like this:
dconf write /org/gnome/nautilus/preferences/default-sort-order type
I received an “error: 0-4:unknown keyword” message when I tried to run that.
Thanks to the folks over on the Ask Ubuntu forum I was finally able to get it to change by issuing this command instead:
gsettings set org.gnome.nautilus.preferences default-sort-order type
where type could be swapped out for whatever you prefer it to be ordered by.