As per the title, is it possible to set different types of views for each individual folders in the GUI ?

Changing the setting in one folder changes the view in all of them.

I'm switching from windows to Ubuntu (18.04.1 LTS) so I'm not fully accustomed yet.


You cannot permanently set a specific view for a specific folder in in the default file manager of Ubuntu 18.04, Files. Files will not remember settings on a per-folder basis.

At the moment you have a folder open, you can set different views for that particular Files window. It won't affect other open windows.

Each time you open a new Files window, it will adopt the view settings of your most recent setting. With respect to the size of the window, it will default to the window size of the last closed window of the previous setting (i.e., close all windows, the size of the last one you closed is used next time you open a window.)

  • Thanks for the reply, that's really too bad. I was hoping there would be more personalization options in Linux. Take control of your computer and all that. – John.Dough Dec 26 '18 at 1:39
  • Other file managers such as nemo (cinnamon desktop) and I guess caja (Mate desktop) remember views on a per folder basis. Disappointing as this anwer may be, please accept if it answers your current question. – vanadium Dec 26 '18 at 10:02

View in a single "Files" tab is the same. You can right-click on the folder and open the folder in "New Tab" or "New Window", and change its default view from the top left bar. Then both the windows will have different views, but they will remain till those windows are open. I hope it helps with your problem

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