: Right, but like I said, that can be a subtly different thing.
It's tricky because Windows types tend to be so detailed/specific, which ironically makes the column less
useful for things like sorting.
GNOME Nautilus actually offers two separate type columns, "Type" and "Detailed Type":
- The "Detailed Type" is the MIME type description, similar to Windows' filetyping.
- The "Type" column is just a very coarse categorization -- Video, Document, Image, etc.
one (the coarse type) is the one that often comes in really handy for sorting.
By sorting by coarse "Type", you can (for example) quickly group all of a directory's video files together, separating them out from any surrounding files in non-video formats. Because they're all listed as "Video" in the "Type" column, it totally doesn't matter whether every file is the same format with the same extension, or they're a complete jumble of different containers/extensions.