Icon view for file browser inside firefox?

asked 2015-11-20 16:12:30 -0500

dabame gravatar image

My question is simple yet hard to explain so I'll do my best.

Within firefox, if I click a link to upload a file(ex on facebook to upload a photo), it brings up a file browser for me to browse files. By default this is in a list view as opposed to an icon view. I would like it to be in an iconic view but I haven't found anywhere to make this change. Nautilus is set by default to open in iconic view and even has a button to change views easily. But the file browser within firefox has no such button.

Is the browser that firefox opens nautilus or a different one? Would this be something tweaked within firefox or within gnome?

I took a nice screenshot and marked it up and everything to illustrate my point but apparently I lack the karma upload files. Anyone have any idea on this one or am I just out of luck? Thanks!

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You could use an external service like http://imgur.com/.

skytux gravatar imageskytux ( 2015-11-20 16:31:29 -0500 )edit

I was going to make a comment regarding that Firefox is using gtk2 and thus a different dialog but apparently Fedora compiles it so it actually uses the gtk3 file picker. Cool.

It appears that the gtk3 filepicker just doen't have that option. There are some real hacky ways to get firefox to use a different dialog but those are beyond my understanding.

However many sites support drag and drop uploading now, meaning you could open Nautilus, switch it to thumbnail view, and simply drag images from there to the site in question.

MetaNova gravatar imageMetaNova ( 2015-11-20 17:10:09 -0500 )edit

These are both good alternatives. Drag and dropping from nautilus on compatible sites seems to be the easiest way to do it. Thanks! I also appreciate the info about Firefox using gtk3 file picker.

dabame gravatar imagedabame ( 2015-11-23 09:26:03 -0500 )edit