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There does not seem to be any way to change this in the GUI.

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possible duplicate of How can I start gnome-terminal at a particular directory? – Volker Siegel Nov 22 '14 at 3:35
up vote 8 down vote accepted

Modify the ~/.bashrc file and add this at the end:

cd /directory/of/your/choice

Save and close the file.

Now, every time you open a console session, you will be cd'd to that directory.

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Thanks a million! – systemovich Aug 24 '12 at 20:20
Works as expected. Thanks. – loostro Jun 24 '14 at 15:47

In my case, ~/.bashrc was mapped to /root/.bashrc. I solved the problem by modifying $HOME/.bashrc instead, which maps to /home/{username}/.bashrc.

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