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is it possible to set default view of all folders to detailed view or list view , instead of doing it every single time

and yeah, i am new to Ubuntu

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marked as duplicate by Eliah Kagan, Jorge Castro, Seth, Nathan Osman, Rinzwind Feb 13 '13 at 13:02

This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new question.

Please search for similar post before you post a new question. This is what you are looking for… – efthialex Feb 12 '13 at 12:19
@efthialex It's likely the OP did search but didn't find that because s/he was using keywords like "detailed" instead of "list." Searching is very good and important but please don't assume people haven't done so, just because they don't find the same results you do. In any case, thanks for finding that question; we can close this as a duplicate. – Eliah Kagan Feb 12 '13 at 12:21
thanks guys , got it , i appreciate the help :) – waheebyaqub Feb 12 '13 at 13:47
@efthialex I also did what Eliah described and found this question using Google. Thanks to OP for posting it. – Bulwersator Jul 27 '14 at 10:19
up vote 9 down vote accepted

Open a Terminal with Ctrl + Alt + T and type:

gsettings set org.gnome.nautilus.preferences default-folder-viewer 'list-view' and hit ENTER.

There are two more options you can use 'icon-view' and 'compact-view'.

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