The default file browser mode in Nautilus is with icon, but that view requires quite a lot of clicks to navigate your files. A better view is the tree view.
To change to the tree view, is not that obvious. One would first guess that it can be changed from the View menu. But you have to open the Preferences window.
- Select List View for View new folders using.
- Select tab Behavior and click Always open in browser windows..
Finally close all Nautilus windows and restart.