By default the file manager has several links in the left column:

  • Recent
  • Home
  • Desktop
  • Documents
  • Downloads
  • Music
  • Pictures
  • Videos
  • Trash

Can I make an option for 'Programming' in that list? What steps would I need to do?

I specifically want to draw attention to the fact that I am using Ubuntu 16.10. The link challenging this as a 'duplicate' question was for an older version of Ubuntu. I am asking for instructions specific to Ubuntu 16.10

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    Ron, did you read the duplicate? The question itself has your answer: Press Ctrl+D while inside the folder, or drag the folder to the sidebar, or use the Bookmarks menu in the menu bar.
    – wjandrea
    Feb 17, 2017 at 18:13
  • I did look. With Linux being highly customizable I wanted to ensure I was executing correct commands. I am undergoing intensive treatment for a long term physical disability. If I mess my Ubuntu up I would be cutting myself off from how heavily I rely on the Internet to shop and manage the effects of this. In short I felt it was prudent to err on the side of caution. Feb 17, 2017 at 18:46
  • @RonPiggott Configuring Nautilus isn't likely to mess anything up, but point taken. BTW, if you do mess up Ubuntu, it could be useful to have an Ubuntu live USB/CD available, and maybe an external HDD too.
    – wjandrea
    Feb 17, 2017 at 20:29

1 Answer 1


This works for various file managers, across different Ubuntu versions and even on other distros.

Locate and edit the GTK bookmarks file (for Ubuntu 16.10 it is located at ~/.config/gtk-3.0/bookmarks) and add to it:

file:///path/to/programming_dir Programming

By the way, you can use a one liner:

echo "file:///path/to/programming_dir Programming" >> ~/.config/gtk-3.0/bookmarks

For remote dirs, you can use other URI schemas, like smb://.

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