I think this is really annoying. Can this easily be change, tweaked, finetuned to get it in one line? Or in one line and shortened?
Can this easily be change, tweaked, finetuned to get it in one line? Or in one line and shortened?
To get the icon text, however long, to be restricted to one line and shortened, one can use
dconf-editor which may need to be installed on your system if it isn't already present:
sudo apt install dconf-editor should do it.
For this purpose, I created a file with just
w repeated fifty times. This is what it looks like when I highlight it on the desktop:
and without highlighting it:
Now, by means of
dconf-editor, one can change it to just one row:
I found I needed to log out and log back in to see:
Edit: There's also a route to make the change using the command-line.
From your terminal, run:
gsettings list-recursively | grep ellipsis
One of the lines in a default, clean install would be:
org.gnome.nautilus.desktop text-ellipsis-limit 3
You can confirm that by running:
gsettings get org.gnome.nautilus.desktop text-ellipsis-limit
and the "default" response will be
To change that to
gsettings set org.gnome.nautilus.desktop text-ellipsis-limit 1
You may need to log out and log back in to see the effect.
Ubuntu Mate 18.04
gsettings set org.mate.caja.desktop text-ellipsis-limit 1
Again, log out and log back in.
Here, the default is just one line, truncated. How many characters fit in on that line depends on the width of the characters involved:
However, it is possible to increase the number of characters per line as well as the number of lines by increasing the space allocated to each desktop icon obviously at the expense of reducing the number desktop icons that'll fit on your screen. See here. This route works in Xubuntu 18.04 and in Xubuntu 19.10 provided an appropriate gtk theme is used. Both Greybird and Numix, present in a default install, are fine.
Kubuntu offers a graphical user interface to control the number of rows icon text occupies from one to ten.