Each folder in PCManFM uses global settings. Is there any option to save settings such as file sorting and view mode in PCManFM for a specific folder?

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You can save a folder's settings by opening the folder, and choosing View->Preserve This Folder's Settings. enter image description here

The settings are going to be saved in ~/.config/libfm/dir-settings.conf or ~/.config/pcmanfm/dir-settings.conf.

  • When I was checking the answer, I had to change the setting back to my original setting for all the other folders. The selected folder retained the selected settings.
    – Rex
    Jul 31, 2015 at 0:51
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    @Rex you have to restart PCManFM, then will be everything fine.
    – MichalH
    Aug 9, 2015 at 12:37
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    You are correct Mike. I checked it again and that works for me as well.
    – Rex
    Aug 9, 2015 at 19:28
  • @MichalH, By any chance, is it possible to apply View settings to all folders? Somehow it's always resets to the default one (Ctrl-1) for me...
    – A S
    Nov 1, 2019 at 5:01
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    @AS: Edit -> Preferences -> Default View (down at bottom) Jan 4, 2021 at 18:14

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