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How do you turn off the thumbnails for desktop icons?

EDIT following Oli's answer: Is it possible to do this for the desktop icons without affecting the normal behaviour of the nautilus file manager?

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Do you want to turn off thumbnails on just the desktop, or in folder windows (e.g. Places -> Home Folder) as well? – ændrük Oct 11 '10 at 23:23
Normally I use "List View" for most folders - but I'd like to be able to choose to have previews/thumbnails in some folders. I don't think that Oli's solution lets me do that... – Simon Oct 11 '10 at 23:43
up vote 2 down vote accepted
  1. Open up a directory in nautilus (via places, etc)
  2. Click the edit menu, Preferences, Preview tab
  3. For the first two fields (text and other), select Never.
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Doesn't that turn off previews for all files, not just those on the desktop? – Alvin Row Oct 11 '10 at 23:40

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