I'm running Ubuntu 16.04. This is probably a simple question, but for some reason, I can't figure out how to change the default view in File Manager to list. I tried one of the other posts, "File manager doesn't remember list preferences," but I didn't see any way to get into Preferences when I'm in File Manager. Can someone fill me in on how to do this? Thanks.

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    Edit > Preferences.
    – user692175
    Nov 1, 2017 at 23:47
  • Very simple. Thank you. I forgot the menu is hidden until the cursor hits it.
    – Jim T
    Nov 2, 2017 at 22:06

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Move the cursor to the top edge of your screen to enable the menu and click on Edit > Preferences to open the Files Preferences dialog:

Edit > Preferences

Set List View as the new default for new folders:

Selecting default view

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