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I know it's something quite minimal but I don't really like it when every time I insert a USB stick, the contents of the drive are immediately displayed in a "splash-like" way. How do I turn this off or at least have it as an option?

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Maybe merge the answer here with this one (edit this answer as "12.04" applicable) ? – fossfreedom Jul 14 '12 at 16:08
To disable automatic mounting of USB drives see this Q&A, though I don't think that is exactly what you are after. – Tom Brossman Jul 14 '12 at 16:09
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You need to have dconf Editor installed (contained in dconf-tools package).

sudo apt-get install dconf-tools

Then change this setting:

org -> gnome -> desktop -> media-handling -> (uncheck) "automount-open"

from: LaunchPad: How do I keep Nautilus from popping up on mount?

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Sorry my earlier comment may be wrong and it's possibly not an exact duplicate of this question as that question relates to 11.10 and now you have to perform an extra step. It's System settings > Details > Removable media.

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