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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

~/.config/gtk-2.0/gtkfilechooser.ini

There is a line

ShowHidden=true

change to

ShowHidden=false

Save and close.

Worked for me!

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

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