Menu -> Desktop -> Edit> Preferences -> Icon View Defaults
This worked perfectly. Thank you!
I have had no success with right clicking the desktop; I did this before posting because I saw this in another thread, and there is no "personalize" either there or from the start button that I can find since I do not see any "settings" listed there. And selecting "preferences" from the main menu does get me there either . . .
Oddly altho the updater told me it was going to Firefox 3.7, having done it, it is still 3.6. Also, the repositories do not seem to have gone to Thunderbird 3.x, but are wisely sticking to the 2.x series (2.0.23) for now; the Mozilla forums are full of complaints from people (like me!) who do not like the 3.x "improved" version.
Thanks again guys,
Edit: I updated Firefox above with the "updater". And when I looked in Synaptic, it "said" 3.7 was installed, but just out of curiosity, I tried reinstalling with Synaptic, and now Firefox is ver. 3.7