I'm wondering whether it is possible to adjust the search paths (and make the search recursive) of the default photo app (gnome-photos). I could not find any settings for this.

Why? It finds photos from my Download folder, but not from my photo subfolders hierarchy, which means it is full of nothing that is important to me. I'd like to exclude the downloads folder and include all or at least some of my subfolders (~/Photos/darktable/**).

I'm using Ubuntu-Gnome 17.04 with all Updates etc.


The search paths of Photos (and other apps) are stored in Settings->Search where you can also modify them.

Maybe you can't see the Search icon in Settings because Privacy and Search panels missing from System Settings in Gnome 3.8

Please inform us if that is your case

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  • I can see those settings, but I think I did not emphasize my problem well. The thing is that I have so many subfolders, and I often creates new ones. I'd like to have it to search my directory recursively, like with ~/Photos/**. (I'll edit the question to emphasize this.). But I can't see a way to express this in the settings. (Before I thought the Photos folder is not searched, but I just now realized it just does not recursively.) – verpfeilt May 7 '17 at 11:51
  • I did guess that kind of search was the default! – Adriano G. V. Esposito May 9 '17 at 8:59
  • I switched all paths on and off again (I also tried adding the paths manually and deleted them again), and it seems to work now. Thank you :) – verpfeilt May 19 '17 at 20:30

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