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This might be a stupid question but it troubled me for 1 hour and I'm still unable to solve. I accidentally clicked something in nautilus file management after which the sidebar occupies half of the page. [See attached screenshot] I tried to drag the right boundary of sidebar to make it narrower but it can't be dragged anymore left. How could I reset it to normal? Thanks in advance. sidebar_occupies_half_of_page

Update: The problem remains even after I upgraded Ubuntu from 16.04 to 18.04. stuck_in_middle I'm able to drag the separation bar to the right, however, whenever I try to drag it to the left, it get stuck in the middle (see gif).

  • The problem remains even after I reinstall nautilus. – Lagrenge Aug 14 '19 at 20:19
  • Seems to be caused by that long file path, which isn't wrapped. Try to give that bookmark a shorter name. – Murphy Aug 15 '19 at 12:38
  • have you tried purging nautilus and reinstalling? sudo apt purge --auto-remove nautilus then sudo apt install nautilus – pierrely Aug 17 '19 at 4:52
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You may have accidentally moved the position of the separation bar. This will be saved in your preferences, therefore will survive a reinstall.

To get you layout back move you mouse to the line separating left from right side until the cursor changes to something like (example shown for 19.04):

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Then click and hold the left mouse button to be able to drag the line to the desired position:

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Release the mouse button if happy. Done.

  • Hi, Thanks for your answer. But as shown in the gif I just took, the separation bar get stuck in the middle whenever I try to drag it to the left. – Lagrenge Aug 15 '19 at 1:30

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