I'm wonder if there is some way to list all files of a folder by ls, I know how to use ls for a folders which are small but if list of files doesn't match with the screen size what should I do? there is no scroll!

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pipe it into more:

ls -la | more

Then down arrow scrolls to the next line, spacebar jumps a page at a time

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    Use | less instead; as opposed to traditional "more", that will also allow you to scroll backwards, search forwards and backwards and so on. Press h for help, and remember that less is more (on some releases of some Linux distros, "more" may actually be "less" by another name, but don't rely on that).
    – Gabe
    Nov 29, 2013 at 15:33
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    When listing directories and using a pager such as less, you might want to try some of the options to make your browsing easier/more informative. I'm partial to /bin/ls -alFv --color=always | /usr/bin/less -iXRS. The ls options mean (respectively) show hidden files, show extended info, show punctuation to identify special files, sort numbers naturally, and show colors to identify file types. The less options mean (respectively) ignore case when searching, don't clear screen when done, preserve colors from ls, and don't wrap long lines.
    – dg99
    Nov 30, 2013 at 1:00

more is good, less gives more scrolling options (up and down):

ls | less

If you want color:

ls --color=always | less -iXRS

Quit less as if it were vi, :q

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    ls --color=always | less -iXRS keeps output log on the terminal
    – alper
    Jun 27, 2021 at 12:52

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