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I accidentally deleted my Documents folder and didn't notice it for a couple days. Somewhere in that time, Nautilus auto-updated my list of Places so it no longer includes my Documents folder. I have since restored my Documents folder, but the Places link is still missing. How do I get it back?

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    see also askubuntu.com/questions/512565/… Commented Feb 3, 2015 at 14:59
  • Can you verify that your ~/.config/user-dirs.dirs contains the following: XDG_DOCUMENTS_DIR="$HOME/Documents"
    – Fabby
    Commented Feb 4, 2015 at 10:42
  • That file doesn't exist. I'm this close to searching through the Nautilus source code to find where it gets the Places from...
    – Jeremy
    Commented Feb 5, 2015 at 5:28
  • Have you looked at askubuntu.com/questions/325518/…?
    – Mitch
    Commented Feb 8, 2015 at 9:13
  • Mitch, I hadn't seen that, thanks for the link. I'm not sure if it applies, though. I don't want to add a new folder to the Places menu, I just want to restore what was originally there. If Nautilus can somehow remove deleted folders from the Places menu without recompiling, I should be able to add them back without recompiling, right?
    – Jeremy
    Commented Feb 8, 2015 at 15:14

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Once you have recreated the Documents folder, make sure your ~/.config/user-dirs.dirs contains something like this:

XDG_DESKTOP_DIR="$HOME/Desktop"
XDG_DOWNLOAD_DIR="$HOME/Downloads"
XDG_DOCUMENTS_DIR="$HOME/Documents"
XDG_MUSIC_DIR="$HOME/Music"
XDG_PICTURES_DIR="$HOME/Pictures"
XDG_VIDEOS_DIR="$HOME/Videos"

You can edit it as needed using any text editor, for example

nano ~/.config/user-dirs.dirs

Then run the command xdg-user-dirs-gtk-update.

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  • I also have to $ killall nautilus and then reopen for Nautilus to pick up the changes.
    – Majal
    Commented May 13, 2022 at 23:31
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On Ubuntu 14.04 running gnome-3.10 I was able to restore it by inserting/editing the following file:

~/.config/gtk-3.0/bookmarks

file:///home/%yourusername%/Documents
file:///home/%yourusername%/Music
file:///home/%yourusername%/Pictures
file:///home/%yourusername%/Videos
file:///home/%yourusername%/Downloads

Hope it works for you as well!

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