For example, there is a .doc file in Files app and I can see what is in it. But I want to see just .doc template icon. I'm using Juno.

  • You can this solution here: askubuntu.com/a/523177 Good luck.
    – user511
    Commented Nov 10, 2018 at 20:04
  • Hmm, I'm looking for all file types, not just some specific types.
    – Ümit
    Commented Nov 11, 2018 at 12:35

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There is a org/gnome/desktop/thumbnailers/disable-all setting but at the moment Files does not appear to honor it. I would raise an issue at https://github.com/elementary/files/issues about this. You might point at that other filemanagers (e.g. Nemo) do have a setting do disable local thumbnails. Files only has a setting to disable remote thumbnails.

  • Looks like there is no way then.
    – Ümit
    Commented Nov 12, 2018 at 16:39
  • Not at the moment, but I think this is a bug that would want to be fixed by elementary in the near future. Commented Nov 13, 2018 at 18:48
  • Ok, I'm gonna create a report at github then. But I don't think this is a bug. I think this is a lack of the future.
    – Ümit
    Commented Nov 14, 2018 at 19:11

Pantheon-files uses a thumbnailer daemon called tumbler. You can disable the generation of thumbnails for PDF, Photos, Documents, etc. by editing the config file.

Open Terminal:

sudo nano /etc/xdg/tumbler/tumbler.rc

here you have to change Disabled=false to Disabled=true in the desired section

Ctrl+O, Enter, Ctrl+X to exit nano

  • does this works? look like the answer for now
    – Sebastian
    Commented Nov 26, 2018 at 2:20

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