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One feature that I depend on heavily within Google Drive is the ability to change the color of specific folders. I've set certain colors for specific clients, so I can navigate within that directory structure more efficiently.
By doing this I've made it so I don't even have to read folder names -- I just have to look for the color.
It's far more efficient, especially if you work at a very demanding pace.
Fortunately, a Linux developer took a cue from such a feature and made it so that adding folder colors to the built-in file manager is quite easy.
The result of adding folder colors is that you can more quickly discern what folder is what.
How to enable folder colors in Ubuntu-based Linux distributions
But how do you make this work? It's quite simple. Let me show you how.
One thing to keep in mind is that this feature only works with two Linux file managers, Caja and Nautilus. That means you'll need either the Mate or Gnome desktop environments. If you work with either one of those desktops, you should be able to add the Folder's Color feature. You'll also need a user with sudo privileges.
That's it, let's add some color to your file manager.
1. Open a terminal window
Click your desktop menu (in Ubuntu Mate or Linux Mint with Mate) or Application Overview (in Ubuntu) and locate the terminal entry. If you're using Ubuntu, you can simply open the Application Overview, type terminal, and hit Enter on your keyboard.
2. Add the required repository
To install Folder's Color, you must first add the required software repository, which can be done with the command shown below.