I am using Ubuntu 12.10.

I am unable to see the bookmarks in Nautilus, although right clicking on "Personal Ordner"(German version) opens a list of the bookmarks. The corrupted screen (see the screenshot below) shows the bookmarks in a sub-window only about 5 mm wide!

Corrupted Nautilus window

I have tried reinstalling Nautilus with Synaptic, without however any success.

Any ideas about how to resize the width of Nautilus' sidebar?


Drag the sidebar to resize

Size of sidebar in nautilus is adjustable. You somehow might have changed it accidentally and it remembers your last modified settings. You can easily change it by dragging the sidebar to normal width.

Alternate Method - use dconf Editor

  • Install dconf Editor. It's package name is dconf-tools Install dconf-tools.
  • Launch dconf-editor using dash.
  • Select org → gnome → nautilus → window-state from left panel.
  • Set the value of sidebar-width to default.


  • No problem! If this solves your problem, you can mark it as accepted answer. – ignite Feb 19 '13 at 12:46
  • Hi, unfortunately dragging didn't work and the settings with dconf-editor were unchanged at 148, so nothing to change. I set to 148 as default just the same, & re booted, but am still with the (nearly) hidden sidebar. – David Walker Feb 19 '13 at 14:39
  • @Aditya, IgnitE Could it be that Unity does not use all/any of the org → gnome → nautilus → window-state > sidebar-width settings?? My sidebar window is so small, it's simply not useable. An upgrade to Nautilus 3.6 brought exactly no change – David Walker Feb 21 '13 at 9:48
  • @DavidWalker: Is there anything in ~/.config/nautilus? If yes delete it. – ignite Feb 21 '13 at 10:04
  • @Aditya rm -R ~/.gconf/apps/nautilus didn't work, file/folder not found – David Walker Feb 21 '13 at 19:29

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