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I am using Linux Mint 20.2 with Cinnamon desktop environment.

Is there a setting for the default view of the newly opened windows, in the file browser?

I know that I can select list view with ctrl-2 keyboard shortcut, but since I use the list view most of the times, I would like to set that view as default.

I don't know if this would be a setting specific to Cinnamon, or it is something that works for several (all?) desktop environments and file browsers.

Thanks!

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    Could it be that you mean file browser instead of window manager? Sep 23 '21 at 12:15
  • hmm... I am not sure of the names here... what I mean is the "thing" that shows me the files in my disks :)
    – Fabio
    Sep 23 '21 at 12:18
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    Yes, that's the file browser, window manager is another concept. In cinnamon it's called Nemo. Sep 23 '21 at 12:23
  • Ok, I will rephrase the question, thanks :)
    – Fabio
    Sep 23 '21 at 12:24
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Open Nemo (file manager)

  • Edit/Preferences/Views

nemo


I don't know if this would be a setting specific to Cinnamon, or it is something that works for several (all?) desktop environments and file browsers.


Files (also known as Nautilus) is the default file manager for GNOME. Files is simple to configure graphically, but not all options are available in the preferences menu.

Source : https://wiki.archlinux.org/title/GNOME/Files#Change_default_item_view

I've tested with Fedora 34 and Ubuntu 21.04 and didn't find how to change graphically the default view. I think in old versions of Nautilus it was possible, not sure now.


With Dolphin (a KDE file manager) you can do this graphically.

With Thunar (a Xfce file manager) it can be done graphically. You have to check the option Remember view settings for each folder. and select View new folders using List View.

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  • It took me some minutes to understand that "Open Nemo" means "open a new window in the file browser"... :) Thanks it works!
    – Fabio
    Sep 23 '21 at 12:33

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