As I remember, Ubuntu used to show part of the first lines of a text file in the preview when you had grid-of-icons view in Nautilus.

Now it's not showing it. It would be real handy to show the first part of the first lines, in cases where there are a bunch of similarly named files with ids in them.

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That feature was removed during GTK3 migration: https://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=676531

Remove text besides icons mode for icon view

This doesn't really work well, it is inconsistent with the file chooser, isn't use anywhere else in GNOME, and we want to enhance the list view to cover this case.

  • Good find, I though I had seen that. So what is the solution?
    – NoBugs
    Jul 31, 2016 at 7:00
  • Code it yourself, change your FM or forget about it.
    – anlar
    Jul 31, 2016 at 7:47

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