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    Question Nautilus list view: How do I permanently change the displayed columns?

    In Ubuntu 20.04, I can open Nautilus > Preferences > List Columns, and select which columns I want shown in list view.

    In Ubuntu 22.04, that option isn't available. Instead, I can right-click the column bar, and select the columns what I want. But, I have to do this separately with every single directory that I visit.

    I can't figure out how to set my choices as the default. I searched in dconf-editor, but was unsuccessful.

    How do I set the columns for Nautilus, please?
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    Re: Nautilus list view: How do I permanently change the displayed columns?

    I couldn't find a GUI way to do this, so I did it in dconf-editor modifying /org/gnome/nautilus/list-view/default-visible-columns
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    Re: Nautilus list view: How do I permanently change the displayed columns?

    Quote Originally Posted by halogen2 View Post
    I couldn't find a GUI way to do this, so I did it in dconf-editor modifying /org/gnome/nautilus/list-view/default-visible-columns
    I had to add the key, because it doesn't exist on 22.04. I took the values from 20.04, and did this:
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    gsettings set org.gnome.nautilus.list-view default-visible-columns "['name', 'size', 'owner', 'permissions', 'date_modified_with_time', 'detailed_type']"
    It worked, thank you.
    Last edited by Paddy Landau; August 28th, 2022 at 08:29 AM.
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    Re: Nautilus list view: How do I permanently change the displayed columns?

    Quote Originally Posted by Paddy Landau View Post
    I had to add the key, because it doesn't exist on 22.04.
    Huh? That key exist by default for me in multiple installations of both Ubuntu 22.04 and Pop!_OS 22.04 (which is based on Ubuntu and also uses GNOME)

    Sorry I don't know how to troubleshoot why it's missing for you, but good to hear this solution still worked for you.
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    Re: Nautilus list view: How do I permanently change the displayed columns?

    Quote Originally Posted by halogen2 View Post
    Huh? That key exist by default for me in multiple installations of both Ubuntu 22.04 and Pop!_OS 22.04
    How odd! My installation must be… curious.
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