This thread has been inactive for a year, but here's what I've found.

To change the view in the file list from icon to list:

  1. Install dconf-editor
  2. Run it and navigate to org -> gnome -> nautilus -> list-view
  3. check use-tree-view

Also look under nautilus -> preferences for default-folder-viewer and set to your preference.

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Posted by linuxism