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I have just had Ubuntu installed on my laptop, I used to have Windows 7. My question is this: with Windows 7, when I went to my Pictures file, I would see all the pictures in the file, in their folders, very small, with the number of the file underneath, and if I wanted to see one of these pictures in larger format I could click on it. With Ubuntu, when I go to my Pictures file, what I get is a listing of the pictures in the file, with just the file number and the date it was put in the file, but I can't figure out how to actually see the picture that is in that file. How do I actually look at the picture in that file? And ideally, I would like to be able to look at all the pictures at once, very small, as I could with Windows 7, and then pick out the one I wanted to look at larger. Is there a way to do what I want with Ubuntu?

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  • There is probably an image viewer installed by default in whatever Ubuntu distribution you are using, otherwise just try installing one like gwenview or gthumb. Tried double-clicking on an image file yet? – Sebastian Jan 2 at 21:08
  • All he needs is already built-in. He just needs guidance on how to switch between list-view vs thumbnail view in the file manager. – Levente Jan 2 at 23:55
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In the file browser, aptly names Files, click the menu at the upper right and select Preferences. Under Preferences, select Search & Preview. Select Thumbnails, for example, Files on this computer only.

Close and restart Files and the preview should now be visible.

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When looking at the Pictures folder,

click the button near the top right corner of the window, marked with green arrow:

File browser thumbnail mode toggle button


Alternatively, press these keys together:

Ctrl + 2

for seeing the small preview of pictures (they are called "thumbnails")

and

Ctrl + 1

to return to the list view where the filenames are listed under each other.

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