Adding to file manager the old f3 split screen of nautilus

Registered by Raphael Dubost-Lamy on 2012-07-30

When browsing files, pressing the f3 key will split the file manager window into two idependant windows. Very handy feature.

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Sounds fun for an extension, but I think it's definitely not something essential to exist in core. --DanRabbit

What about https://blueprints.launchpad.net/pantheon-files/+spec/tabs-to-columns then? --shnatsel

I'm willing to put my head above the parapet and say that some sort of split view *is* an essential, core feature of any half-decent file manager. If I'm going to use a graphical file manager, I want to be able to move, copy, cut, past, etc between panes without the added pain (pun intended) of having to faff around with tabs. Just my tupence, of course.
— Anubeon

I have to agree with Anubeon, when I switched from Nautilus to Marlin this was the feature I missed the most, this really helps a lot when you have to deal with coping/moving lots of files.
Since one of the goal of elementary is hide the file system to the average user, the file manager should be used only for complicate tasks and it should provide a way to do them, like the extra pane. --voluntatefaber

My view is that this functionality can be added more simply by having "New Window" create new windows in a tiled fashion. There is already a branch that does this - lp:~jeremywootten/pantheon-files/drag-tab-to-new-window - which is pending merging of higher priority stuff. --jeremyw

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