I have many small text files, and want Nautilus to show previews in the icon thumbnail.

Left is my current situation, right is what I want.

Nautilus thumbnails text preview

How to achieve that on Ubuntu 15.10?

My current Nautilus settings: Nautilus preview settings

If an official solution is not available, workarounds/hacks are accepted too.


According to this Nemo issue, this feature was removed in GTK itself.

GTK commit: https://git.gnome.org/browse/gtk+/commit/gtk/gtkicontheme.c?id=aa44c0ca53b8d32c9bf3114b53ce4983ec05e86e

Reason cited by GTK:

GtkIconTheme: Drop the code for parsing .icon files
Modern icon themes don't ship .icon files anyway.

  • I miss that, is there a work around? – Ben Winding Aug 9 '19 at 1:21

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