Usually folders like pictures and documents show up with an icon in nautilus. Since I have a 1TB hard drive for storage I decided to put the folders there instead and create a symbolic link to my home folder. At first the folders had icons just like before, but not anymore. How do I bring these icons back?

Edit: Here is a screenshot of what I mean. I am sorry it's in swedish. For example the folder "Bilder" which means "Pictures" in my home folder usually has a default icon which is now gone. What the folders look like

  • I eventually solved it by manually selecting icons from /usr/share/icons/Humanity/places/64.
    – GKraft
    Feb 21, 2016 at 16:22

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One thing to try is checking your view settings, and checking your preference for display. The main options are List and Icons, maybe 1 or 2 others. Open Nautilus to the folder in question, and try those.

Beyond that, to configure a custom icon, you could create a Desktop Entry file. These are the files Ubuntu uses internally to create visible shortcuts and app launchers. You can make one from scratch, or copy and modify from /usr/share/applications.

Does that help?

  • I added a screenshot to clarify what I mean.
    – GKraft
    Feb 18, 2016 at 17:57

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