I was playing around setting-> appearance-> Window colors that changed the nautilus appearance to an old version. I was happy with the new look. Is it possible to restore that?

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  • Are the pics from the same system? It seems icon theme some how changed? Did you remember anything that you changed from gnome-tweaks?
    – UnKNOWn
    Feb 21 at 6:54
  • The first one is for me the second I got from a search to show what I mean by new look. I change the appearance from tweak then I restore the change and remove Tweak but I think when I click on the Appearance from system setting it changed the look.
    – Abolfazl
    Feb 21 at 6:55
  • So you initially had the second image b4 you started playing with the appearence rite. Do you have gnome-tweaks installed??
    – UnKNOWn
    Feb 21 at 6:59
  • Yes I just Installed Ubuntu 20.04 and the file browser looked fine, Then I installed tweak and played with appearance, It did not change the file browser. Now I have removed Tweak and restart to see if it restore back. but it is still the same.
    – Abolfazl
    Feb 21 at 7:04
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    You should not have removed tweaks.. Reinstall tweaks n change the Icon theme to Yaru. If nautilus is opened close it and open again.
    – UnKNOWn
    Feb 21 at 7:17

The things present in your images are:

Main theme:

  • Ubuntu's default "Yaru" theme
    • you seem to be using the "Yaru Dark" variant
    • you can change between 3 variants: "Light", the default, and "Dark", on the Appearance tab of the standard Settings app (also called Gnome Control Center)


Those dark-grey/purple-ish folder icons belong to the icon-set used by the "Yaru" theme, also called "Yaru" icon-set. To me, these seem to be optimized for dark themes.

The brighter, orange icon-set is called the "Humanity" icon-set. They were used as the default on previous versions of Ubuntu (e.g. 16.04). I find that they offer a much more readable experience in Nautilus, when using a light theme.

You can change the icon-set used in your theme either by running commands like these in the terminal:

# To choose Yaru
gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface icon-theme 'Yaru'

# To choose Humanity
gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface icon-theme 'Humanity'

or by installing the gnome-tweaks app and changing the "Icons" setting on its Appearance tab.

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