I recently upgraded from Ubuntu 16.04 to 20.04, and there are so many issues that negatively impact my productivity. Most of them are related to nautilus.

In Chrome, when I navigate to a path for uploading (or saving) files, the path is lost when I upload the next file. I have to navigate again to the same folder for each file I select.

How can I make the file dialog remember the last path used? This should be the default whenever uploading or saving a file - it should just continue from where I was the last time I saved/uploaded a file. I am not looking for workarounds, as suggested in other topics (such as copying the path or creating bookmarks).

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    Couldn't agree more. Who in their right mind decided to change this? If it ain't broke don't fix.
    – waltmagic
    Jul 13, 2022 at 17:03
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    100% agree. This renders Chrome nearly unusable in some situations. Sep 18, 2022 at 6:43

1 Answer 1


The workaround below got me close to the original functionality. I am running Ubuntu 22.04.


  1. Settings > Privacy > File History & Trash
  2. Set File History Duration to 1 day
  3. Click Clear History

Now, when you do a file and select, the Recents list of files will be much shorter and you are more likely to find the last file(s) you selected. I can survive with this workaround.


  • While typing this, you could potentially write a script to clear your history automatically ever N seconds.
  • The sources I list further down are all the posts I found regarding this topic.

Attempted Solution 1

This solution was unsucessful.

With the dconf-editor, set one of these settings to 'cwd' and restart the system. You will find that this does not fix the issue.




  • I have Red Hat Linux 7.6. On this RHEL system I have startup-mode set to the default value of 'recent' and the file and select option remembers the last opened directory. The issue seems to be exclusive to Ubuntu 22.04.


  1. https://superuser.com/questions/1698031/gtk3-file-chooser-and-recent-directory-setup
  2. Firefox snap doesn't remember upload path
  3. How can I have nautilus open to previously used directory?
  4. https://ubuntuforums.org/archive/index.php/t-2160654.html

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