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Nautilus allows user to set a Folder as a bookmark.

I want to set a text file (that opens in Gedit) as a bookmark that will appear in the sidepane. Is this possible?

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Unfortunately I don't think this is possible. You definitely cannot add a file as a bookmark from the GUI.

Nautilus bookmarks are stored in ~/.gtk-bookmarks. I tried manually adding a path to a text file to that file. The text file showed up in the side pane in Nautilus, but clicking on it opened the folder containing the text file.

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You used to be able to do it in GNOME-2 by creating a bookmark of the folder the file is in and then "editing bookmark" and adding the /filename.ext at the end of the folder's bookmark. But this is no longer working. It would be so convenient to bookmark a file. Using DASH to search often does not find the file I seek so I have to manually rummage through folders to find what i want. –  Jason Dec 15 '12 at 18:02
    
It is definitely a shame this doesn't work anymore. I was looking to do the same thing recently and was not successful. I believe the file search in the Dash uses Zeitgeist to search for files, so it will only find files that you have opened recently. –  Andrew Johnson Dec 15 '12 at 18:07
    
Not sure what the problem is with DASH/Zeitgeist, but there are some files it never finds even if I open them ;( using 12.04 –  Jason Dec 15 '12 at 18:23
    
I used to use this file search lens, but it hasn't been updated since 11.10. –  Andrew Johnson Dec 15 '12 at 18:50
    
You could also try checking your Zeitgeist settings to see if it's disabled. Search for "Privacy" in the dash to open the settings. –  Andrew Johnson Dec 15 '12 at 18:52

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