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It is now called "File" but I guess it is still really Nautilus. The icons are a big too big for me, taking up too much real estate on the screen. I press zoom out and get a longer list. Likewise I use View as list.

I'm used to the previous Nautilus where it would remember that I switched the directory to display as list. It isn't a big deal, but it would be nice if "File" would remember my choice and next time come up with 1 zoom out and a list display.

Is there an easy way I can set the defaults? Thanks, Ilan

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And why not try another file manager like Thunar. The icon size is not a problem, can be changed very easily – lcastroGT Apr 29 '13 at 13:56
See this. – Uri Herrera Apr 29 '13 at 14:48

You need Files/Files/Preferences, from the top left hand side of the Panel. See the image attached; Nautilus Defaults

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Thanks for your answer. I'm a bit embarrassed that I didn't find it myself. Hopefully your answer will be useful to others as well. The zoom out is accomplished by using Default zoom level = 50% – Ilan Apr 30 '13 at 13:01

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