When I hit N in Nautilus under a folder, it behaves like I am searching files which contains
N. Can I make it so that it only leads me to the first file whose name starts with
N, like Windows Explorer?
When I press the letter N in a folder in Nautilus that contains files whose names start with a letter N it jumps to the first one of these files. Pressing it a 2nd time will begin the search by name (a little box pops up in the lower right hand corner).
Ubuntu 17.10 and 18.04
As the type-ahead search was a Ubuntu-specific patch, it got dropped together with Unity in 17.10. However, there is a package called
nautilus-typeahead in the Arch repository. Someone took it, compiled for Ubuntu and made a PPA. You can install it by these three commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:lubomir-brindza/nautilus-typeahead sudo apt dist-upgrade nautilus -r
There is an issue on Launchpad about bringing this behavior back to official Ubuntu. The original answer that I found during the search Traditional search-as-you-type on newer Nautilus versions.
Tip: Check the answer link above if your OS older than Ubuntu 17.10 and 18.04