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Every time I plug a USB stick in, nautilus opens a new window with the contents of the drive. I would like to disable this auto-opening of the nautilus window, but I would like the actual auto-mount to keep working. Is this possible?

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The simplest option is to open a terminal with Ctrl+Alt+T, and type:

gsettings set automount-open false
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Thank you! You are a life saver! – Antony Sep 25 '14 at 16:28
This should be the answer. – Nicolay Doytchev Nov 5 '14 at 21:03
How shall I know which settings can be changed using gsettings set ? can you provide any documentation or list ? – MAKZ Feb 20 '15 at 13:26
This doesn't work in Gnome-Shell. It still pops-up that notification asking to "Open with Files" or "Eject" or "Open with music player", etc. – Cerin May 5 '15 at 14:47
This didn't work for me on 15.04 with Unity. The graphical dconf solution did. – InkBlend May 14 '15 at 3:08
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Turns out, it is. You will need dconf-editor tool, which can be installed by with sudo apt-get install dconf-tools. Run dconf-editor in your terminal. Browse to org -> gnome -> desktop - media-handling. Uncheck automount-open.

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On Ubuntu 14.10, you just need to install "dconf Editor" (dconf-editor). Run it once it's been added to your Launcher. Then do the same thing. – colan Jan 3 '15 at 1:48

The setting corresponding to izx's to disable automatically launching nemo in the cinnamon desktop is:

gsettings set automount-open false
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