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How do I make 33% "list view" in Nautilus be the default view for the system?

If there isn't a way, another thought I am questioning: Is there a way to set a view to go recursive into all child folders? What if I want my Music folder to have a certain style of view permanently?

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up vote 7 down vote accepted

From within Nautilus navigate the menus to Edit->Preferences.

On the main Views tab change the "View new folders using" option to "List View" and the "Default zoom level" option at the bottom to 33%.


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To add to fluteflute's excellent answer, I must say that sometimes this does not work for me for some directories, even after waiting for changes to take effect. In this case I manually change it using the menu already visible in that particular directory. – user7182 Jan 15 '11 at 19:34
Alright, that seems to be working but it wasn't work when I asked the question earlier. Not sure what I did that it appeared to be broken. – djangofan Jan 15 '11 at 22:30

Addendum to fluteflute's answer:

If you want to delete previously saved (per-folder) views, you can delete the files in ~/.local/share/gvfs-metadata. Next time you start Nautilus, all folders should use the view type you set in the preferences.

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Any chance you could just edit this into the body of the other answer for completeness? Same thing here, if you're feeling frisky. I think the second one got merged and could use a bit more merging. Thanks. – Tom Brossman Oct 8 '12 at 13:15

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