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Yesterday, I just noticed how every time I click on my Home folder the sidebar view would go back to its Places view instead of the Tree view.

I tried using this command but it didn't work. Is there a way to solve this another way?

gsettings set org.gnome.nautilus.window-state side-pane-view "tree"
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This seems to be a bug to me. I can't reproduce it. Can you describe "click on my home folder" more precisly? You click on your home folder in the sidebar? – lumbric Jun 17 '12 at 13:15
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Using the application Menu:

Go to the menu view → sidebar → tree

Using a graphical interface:

If you want to change it using a graphical application, you will need dconf-editor:

  • install dconf-tools
  • start dconf-editor: Alt+F2 → dconf-editor
  • navigate to org → gnome → nautilus → window-state
  • change the value of side-pane-view to “tree”.

To install via command line:

open a terminal ctrl+alt+t then type: sudo apt-get install dconf-tools.

Using the command line:

gsettings set org.gnome.nautilus.window-state side-pane-view "tree"
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@izx, for the purpose of completeness, I placed three options that I know of :) (not only for the OP, but future visitors as well) – Zuul Jun 17 '12 at 13:14
Thanks, good job, upvoted :) – izx Jun 17 '12 at 13:21
@Zuul thank you. I did the last two solutions you provided, restarted my laptop and it worked. – user71181 Jun 17 '12 at 13:23
All this unfortunately no longer works: "No such key 'side-pane-view'" (Ubuntu 14.04) – lmeurs Aug 21 '15 at 17:46
@lmeurs Yap, appears to have been removed:… – Zuul Aug 22 '15 at 11:01

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