Files 3.8 will definitively focus to improve search and make discovery and selection of files easier. The very first patches have already arrived in 3.7.1 but the best are to come!
Lapo Calamandrei made some designs for Files search
This isn’t Ready!
Following designs are tentative art, far from a completed solution. There is a good chance to change, postponed for future releases or even completely dropped. In any case you shouldn’t consider these as final!
I also attached Files 3.6 for having a better view of the changes and because some people are on Files 3.4. Of course new designs are these on the left :)
Search bar on the center. The Google way or Gnome Shell way. I am big fan of large search fields and hater of buttons. Many buttons have been substitute by “links”..
Save button will “save” a search (not totally sure on this!). That means if you have a huge search over thousands files, next time you can just recall it and have it faster. Cached results (#325146) is bug that was filed 7 years ago.
Even More Stuff
Okay this is certainly an UI improvement! Although these 5 buttons on top right seems too much. What if..?
This is not going to happen (as far as I know) but I like it. Hidden Control Bars (like in FS) is something that many people would want it. By the way I hope to fix somehow “Tabs” which look ugly.
I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.
– Oscar Wilde