Is there anyway to use a different desktop than the one that ships with this Ubuntu?

I'm sorry if the question is weak, I understand I can change display managers and so on, but the new desktop is so detached from any file explorer (I use nautilus), it is off putting.

  • If talking about changing The Desktop, you just need to install a desktop you like. Have to know that some desktops work well together on same system, others do not. Would prefer someone to try different desktops on a VM system before doing it on their main system.
    – crip659
    Nov 14, 2020 at 14:03
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    Thank you @crip659, someone also marked my question as a duplicate, I understand that I can change from gnome to kde (for example) but I don't want that, I just want to change the file manager attached to my desktop screen, I'm finding trouble explaining it or maybe it's not possible as they are considered 1
    – Alex Seif
    Nov 15, 2020 at 11:10
  • It is basically the same way. Choose a file manager you want and install. I know there a few, most desktops have their own, but quite sure they can be installed separately. Would still try out in a VM to make sure they work well. Default Ubuntu uses nautilus file manager for gnome and unity desktops. Try googling ubuntu/linux file managers to get an idea what is available.
    – crip659
    Nov 15, 2020 at 13:01
  • Just googled it myself, there are dozens, one should be to your liking, but don't ask for opinions. Just confuses us, get more opinions than file managers.
    – crip659
    Nov 15, 2020 at 16:38
  • I already use nautilus, but the desktop was detached from the file explorer you use in 20.04. If I understand it correctly, I think they implemented minimum file explorer functionality (it's buggy and doesn't work well with others) and that is the part I want to change, not install a file explorer, but have the desktop "utilize" nautilus (like it used too in previous versions)
    – Alex Seif
    Nov 17, 2020 at 10:26

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Not sure I understood correctly, but you can change the background image by right-clicking on it and selecting "Change background". Or searching for "Background" in settings.

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    I mean the file explorer features for a desktop (eg. file: copy, paste, sort icons.. etc)
    – Alex Seif
    Nov 14, 2020 at 14:00

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