My Nautilus is showing the "Desktop" entry twice. I assume that it is using some kind of configuration mechanism, maybe there is a .desktop file sitting somewhere in my home folder that is creating this but I am not sure where to look.

So which file locations or dconf keys is nautilus using to populate this list?

Nautilus Top-Right Shortcut List


You can edit them by modifying ~/.config/user-dirs.dirs.

Moreover, you can also check if the second Desktop link is a bookmark by opening the bookmarks file in ~/.config/gtk-3.0/bookmarks.

According to How do I remove 'Places' entries from the Nautilus sidebar? user-dirs.dirs file is generated from the user-dirs* files in /etc/xdg.

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  • I am aware of the bookmarks section but the screenshot is taken from above that section and seems to be managed in a different way. Nevertheless I checked and there is no "bookmark" pointing to the desktop in the ~/.config/gtk-3.0/bookmarks file. The ~/.config/user-dirs.dirs file contains an entry for XDG_DESKTOP_DIR pointing to the desktop but that does not explain why I see the Desktop entry twice. – lanoxx Jun 1 at 15:20
  • Also bookmarks can be removed by right clicking on them, but the entries from the screenshot cannot be removed via the context menu. – lanoxx Jun 1 at 15:21
  • Edited my answers. alternatively: if you do a backup of ~/.config/user-dirs.dirs (so that in case of troubles you can restore it) and then you delete it, is it regenerated after a boot (or a longout/login)? – Lorenz Keel Jun 1 at 15:27
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    @lanoxx From the icons it seems that you've made Desktop as the default Download folder. Check XDG_DOWNLOAD_DIR in ~/.config/user-dirs.dirs. – Kulfy Jun 1 at 15:36
  • Indeed, that was it, feels a bit strange that when Downloads points to Desktop that the entry is automatically renamed to Desktop instead of remaining at the label Downloads. I restored that and now its ok. – lanoxx Jun 1 at 15:46

The following screenshot shows one of the "Desktop" entries to be renamed to "Download" after I changed the entry XDG_DOWNLOAD_DIR to something different than $HOME/Desktop. As can be seen, the Desktop entry with the downward arrow changed its label back to Downloads.

Nautilus shortcuts

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