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My open file dialog is defaulting to showing hidden files, I have to press Ctrl-H to get to the files I want, but this is not saved across instances of the dialog.

I can't find a settings panel to change this behaviour, including Nautilus preferences, nor a key in the configuration editor. Is there a way to have the open file dialog default to not show hidden files?

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Edit the file


There is a line


change to


Save and close.

Worked for me!

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Thanks I had the same problem and this fixed it for me because changing settings in Nautilus file browser doesn't affect File Open/Save dialog window – MichaelDD Apr 6 at 12:45

You may have checked showing hidden files in preferences. In Nautilus (file browser) click Edit>Preferences and in Views tab if Show hidden files and backup files is ticked, remove the tick.

Hidden Files Setting

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That was the first place I looked. Show hidden files and backup files is and has been unchecked. – Erik Youngren Mar 3 '12 at 4:32
+1 to Erich Youngren's comment. This answer pertains to Nautilus file manager, not the file selector dialogue. – elzilrac Sep 30 '14 at 20:58

To fix this in 13.04, I had to right click on the dialog and uncheck "Show Hidden Files"

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In Ubuntu 14.10 you have to click on the gear button on the right of the toolbar and the click on Preferences -> View and remove the tick on Show hidden and backup files.

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