How to change the icon size in Ubuntu’s default file browser

Does the default size of files and folders in the Nautilus File Browser meet your needs? Gnome makes it easy to change in all current Ubuntu releases.

I can’t find a way to configure it in System Settings and Gnome Tweaks, but Ubuntu has the option to set a larger or smaller icon size. Here’s a brief explanation of how to do this.

How to change the icon size in Ubuntu's default file browser

Resize files and folders with a single command:

If you are familiar with Linux commands, you can run one command to resize it.

Nautilus displays files and folders in either icon view or list view, so the command is one of the following:

1.) Change the icon size in the icon view.

gsettings set org.gnome.nautilus.icon-view default-zoom-level 'large'

Here, the value “large” can be changed to “small”, “standard”, “larger”, or “largest”.

2.) Change the icon size of the list view.

gsettings set org.gnome.nautilus.list-view default-zoom-level 'large'

Here, the value “large” can be changed to “small”, “standard”, or “larger”.

To reset the changes, run one of the following commands:

gsettings reset org.gnome.nautilus.icon-view default-zoom-level

Or run:

gsettings reset org.gnome.nautilus.list-view default-zoom-level

Use a graphical tool to resize the file folder icon.

First open the Ubuntu software, search for the dconf editor and install (or install) dconf-editor Via apt):

How to change the icon size in Ubuntu's default file browser

Then launch the tool and go to “org / gnome / nautilus / icon-view / default-zoom-level” to see the icon size in the icon view.

  • Turn off “Use default values”
  • Then select a size from “Custom Value”

How to change the icon size in Ubuntu's default file browser

For list view mode, go to “org / gnome / nautilus / list-view / default-zoom-level”.

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