Is there a way to arrange the elements of a folder, specifically folders within that folder, in a specific order chosen by the user? (I have the settings so that folders appear first btw)

I am trying to have an analogous ordering in my folders as I had on MacOS where you can tag them and visually group them by their tags. Have endlessly googled for a package that can do that but I have come up empty handed.

Was thinking of just changing the icon of folders for different colored ones, but all the different colors are too visually messy so if I could give a custom order for my folders to appear to match the icon's color would be great.

I am using debian 8 with GNOME 3 and whatever the default file manager is.

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    I think it would help to know what window manager and file explorer (or whatever they're called nowadays) you're using. – Kusalananda Jan 14 '17 at 22:13
  • I edited to add that information, I am using gnome 3 and I don't know what the default file manager for it it is, but I haven't changed any of that. – M.O. Jan 14 '17 at 22:16
  • The main problem is that the file manager of your chice has some data on which it can arrange your desired order. Without knowing OSX I think they provided such either within the underlaying file system or the file manager stored it in its own configuration. AFAIK none of the current linux file systems supports "tagging" of files or folders. So your best bet is a linux file manager which does... – Timothy Truckle Jan 14 '17 at 22:18
  • Timothy Truckle, are you saying it can't be done? – M.O. Jan 14 '17 at 22:29
  • nautilus supports tagging of files, just right-click on any file/directory and select properties from the context menu, the last tab is tags. Though I don't think you can sort by tags unless you write your own nautilus extension. You could also try nautilus emblems (google for it) - I've never tried so no idea if you can sort by emblems... worth checking though. – don_crissti Jan 15 '17 at 21:48

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