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Like windows, when you download dropbox it places a folder in the library list. I'm wondering if I'm able to similarly add dropbox under "Places". Thank you in advance for your help.

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This solution does not apply to 14.04. – Ben Lutgens May 20 '14 at 15:37
I dont currently have my Ubuntu 14.04 laptop with me, However, I do know that I was able to do this... Not sure if its bc I backed up my settings with Deja Backup from 13 and restored them and it just did it for me, or if I made the changes myself (can't remember). But I do know that I have it there on 14.04. – Colper May 21 '14 at 16:26
possible duplicate of How to add custom links in the left pane of Nautilus? – cipricus Dec 5 '14 at 10:22

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Pressing Ctrl-D adds a bookmark to the folder you're in (tested under Ubuntu 12.04 & 13.04). For Ubuntu 14.04, use the "Files" application to navigate to the folder you want bookmarked, then press Ctrl-D, the same with going to the top menu bar and selecting Bookmarks -> Bookmark this location.


Select the folder that you want added to bookmarks, then go to the top menu bar and select Bookmarks -> Add Bookmark


You can add them editing by ~/.gtk-bookmarks. Say you want to add ~/Software and ~/Ebooks folder under Places. Just add the following line at the end of ~/.gtk-bookmarks,


Try it out and let me know. Hope it helps.

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One can only make use of the Bookmarks menu both to add the current folder and also to manage the bookmarks. – Sadi May 20 '14 at 15:57

To edit the actual "Places" group, edit the ~/.config/user-dirs.dirs file and add your directories in there.

The thing is, that file is automatically generated when you log-on by the xdg-user-dirs-update program. To prevent it from overriding your changes, run the following command:

$ echo "enabled=False" > ~/.config/user-dirs.conf

For a more detailed explanation, and support for other versions of Ubuntu, see this page:

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This file doesn't exist in 14.04 and the link is now broken. – OneHoopyFrood Oct 20 at 14:02

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