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Ubuntu 12.10, gedit 3.6.1

This won't work:

gconftool-2 --type int --set /apps/gedit- /preferences/ui/recents/max_recents 30

Modifying this file as root won't work either:

cat /usr/share/glib-2.0/schemas/org.gnome.gedit.gschema.xml |grep rece -C 1

EDIT: there is nothing at gconf-editor either.

Is it hard coded? In order to increase the number of recent files in gedit from its default of 5 will I need to find, "fix" and recompile gedit with the answer here?

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up vote 7 down vote accepted

Using the dconf-editor, this value can be found in the schema under org.gnome.gedit.preferences.ui. The value that you want to change is called max.recents.

dconf-editor can be installed from USC here:

Install via the software center

or from a command line using: sudo apt-get install dconf-tools

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worked thanks! btw, about all these configuration tools, this is so confuse, we have gconf-editor, dconf-editor, gconftool-2, I think there is more also.. would be easier if they made something unified like linux-regedit... – Aquarius Power Jun 17 '13 at 14:13

There exists as well a possibility to achieve this without installing additional software:

dconf write /org/gnome/gedit/preferences/ui/max-recents "uint32 10"


gsettings set org.gnome.gedit.preferences.ui max-recents "uint32 10"
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Sorry there was a typo: gsettings set org.gnome.gedit.preferences.ui max-recents "uint32 10" – becke-ch Oct 16 '14 at 10:17
Welcome to AU! You can edit your answers (and questions) if you feel they're incorrect or incomplete. – David Foerster Oct 16 '14 at 10:40
Using gsettings, i don't get this to work. Although I can set the parameter, gedit still only shows 5 recent files! – Robin Manoli Dec 12 '14 at 10:23

I tried the dconf-editor (see first answer on this page) on 32-bit Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and it worked without a hitch. The steps include:

  1. In terminal: sudo apt-get install dconf-tools
  2. In dash, find and launch dconf Editor
  3. In dconf Editor left pane, expand org -> gnome -> gedit -> preferences
  4. In dconf Editor left pane, select ui
  5. In dconf Editor right pane, double-click the value next to 'max-recents'
  6. Type new value (I entered 20).
  7. Press Enter
  8. Close Configuration Editor.
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