Nemo file manager
Shrink the size of the text. Inside of Nemo, type Ctrl+- to shrink the text one time.
File Management Preferences under Edit > ⚙ Preferences >
Views tab on left, View new folders using: List View
Preview tab, Show thumbnails: Yes
Linux Mint Desktop Launchers (Shortcuts)
Click to download this .7z file.
Go to the directory where you downloaded the file. Double-click on the
Linux-Mint-shortcuts.7z file. Three files will be inside. Drag these files to your desktop. You now have launchers for Startup Applications and System Info and Update Manager. Launchers is the Linux word that refers to the same thing that Windows calls Shortcuts.
Double-click on each to access. Startup Applications will show you which applications startup with boot automatically. You can add or subtract from this list. System Info will give you the version of Linux Mint that you are running. Update Manager will allow you to update the software version of Linux Mint.
I like to have a long, explicit date string in the lower-right. To make this change, right-click on the date in the lower-right, and choose Configure…. Turn on Use a custom date format. In the Date format field, copy and paste the following string:
%a %Y-%b-%e%n%k:%M:%S %z %Z
This is a Ruby Date/Time Format. You can always undo this by turning off that same switch.
If you prefer to make your own date string, then go to https://www.foragoodstrftime.com.
To add an additional clock, right-click on the Panel > Applets > Download tab > type Timezone Clock > choose and download > Manage tab > + (add) > ⚙ (Configure). You can also use a custom date with a Ruby Date/Time Format as above. You can run multiple instances of the Timezone Clock to get even more additional clocks.
Change the Search Settings to use Startpage by default. Install the add-on Startpage — Private Search Engine. Click Add to Firefox.