Fedora 40 / gnome / option to set icon size by folder / different view in file chooser window

hello, i would really appreciate if it’s possible to set up files icon size per folder , and memorized it , instead of changing the size icon in every folder which is what happening on my computer . Also is there a way of having the ability of changing the view of the file chooser window ? thanks in advance

Hi there. Apparently the only per-folder basis configuration in Files is the visible columns in List View. The other view options (grid vs list view, icon size etc) have global effect.

I understand your request as coming from someone migrating from macOS. There are quite a few users here in the forums who are former macOS users. Experience shows that after a while we adapt to the available options and become as efficient as before, also given that one of GNOME’s design principles is to reduce user effort.

thanks for your answer , even if i’m mostly happy with gnome here it doesn’t give less work as i need to go everytime to the folder option and change the icon size which is a lost of time and very boring , same for file chooser , having less option doesn’t mean you have less work if it asks much more action to reach the purpose when it could be done directly at first place. Don’t understand the philosophy here . Sometimes less is more but most of the time less is less and it become a pb in optimizing WF, and apparently i’m not the only one complaining about gnome having less and less option to personnalize our workflow

Fair enough. GNOME is not everyone’s cup of tea, but the more you use it, the more you understand its philosophy.

However, you could always try Fedora KDE spin, which gives you KDE Plasma as desktop environment, and which is much more customisable. It should be noted that simplicity often equals stability, and the opposite is often true as well.

For your specific use case, a quicker way to perform the desired actions is via keyboard shortcuts:

  • Ctrl-1 and Ctrl-2 to toggle between Grid View and List View
  • Ctr-+ and Ctrl-- to make icons larger or smaller.
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thanks a lot for infos, was thinking by starting to install dolphin instead to migrate totally to KDE deskop

You’re welcome. Installing Dolphin as a standalone file manger under GNOME would bring a lot of dependent packages, and might not be as efficient and as “pretty” as when part of KDE Plasma, but not impossible either.

A better option might be to try it with KDE Plasma from within a virtual machine.

ok but idk anything about virtual machine …!!!and if i want to migrate to kde plasma should i reinstall my all system as it’ll be a no way for me. I did some research and it seems possible to install KDE Plasma at the same time than gnome . it seems to be better to use a different user per desktop environment. Meaning should i create a new user and install the new environment logged with that user ? how can i share files , apps between those 2 users ? i found also that there’s # dnf install switchdesk switchdesk-gui, switchdesk app which means that maybe i don’t need 2 users ? what are your thoughts about it ? as i’m using mainly that computer with comfyui GUI AI software which is quite big with all models and stuff and i would like to be able to use the same app with the 2 desktop environment if possible .

Added nautilus, portals

Virtual machine (VM) software are basically emulators of computer systems. They run within an OS (host OS) and provide the functionality to install other systems (guest OSes) in an isolated environment. Lots of advantages for specific purposes, but have the downside that they share resources with the host OS, and certain apps don’t run as well as natively, among other things. If you want to give it a try, an easy way to start is to use GNOME Boxes, which comes preinstalled on the Workstation edition of Fedora.

But VM was a suggestion just to play around with another edition/spin of Fedora. However, easier than that is to run a live session of KDE Plasma (e.g. using either Fedora KDE Plasma Desktop, or Fedora Kinoite, in case the concept of atomic desktops is picking your interest). It’s the same situation as you’ve done to install Fedora Workstation, except you would log into the live session without starting the installation process. That way you would know whether Dolphin suits your needs.

Should you want to go for it, then either install just Dolphin, as suggested by you, or install KDE Plasma on your existing system (both with the downsides mentioned here and in the forums). Should you go installing KDE Plasma on your system, it is indeed a good option to create a new user, and proceed with the precautions discussed in this topic.

Either way, it is advisable to have your system backed up before you proceed.

thanks for that information , yesterday i downloaded Fedora KDE plasma desktop 40 live iso and tried to install it and run it with Boxes which seems to be VM already installed with gnome . thing is that it asked me for a system to use and i was lost again, as i thought boxes will run the kde environment by itself using using my already installed system ??? i know where are getting more and more off topics refering my previous concern …

It seems you need some additional notions regarding VM’s and how they operate. May I advise you to do some research before installing any VM guest OS?

At this point, I guess the safest way is to try the live ISO you just downloaded by writing it on an external media (using Fedora Media Writer for example) and booting off it.

ok perfect i’ll do that

had a try , Dolphin options are awesome and maybe too much but definitely , look too much like windows which i personally don’t like . Will it be so hard to implement an option for Nautilus to remind the state of the folder display used the last time we used it ? and is there a site, address to place such request with a tiny chance to be listen ?

There are a couple of ways to further tweak GNOME:

  • One is GNOME Tweaks (an app available in the repos) which I am using, and provide some additional setup options. I don’t think you would find options to configure the file manager specifically though.
  • The other is GNOME Extensions. For that you would have to install the package from the repos. Afterwards search for extensions on the site https://extensions.gnome.org/. Lots of tweaking options available with them, however, those are not GNOME project’s products, might break with system upgrades, or might cause performance and stability issues if not well written or maintained.

Such a place could be GNOME’s Discourse site. You might find out whether there are any plans on GNOME’s roadmap for such a change.

i already got Tweaks and Gnome Extension , but as you said no way to configure what i’m looking for . I already check with ChatGPT if it was possible to create my own extension but seems complicated for someone like me without any knowledge in that.
thanks for the link
have a good day

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