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Does anyone know how I can change the default open folder in Nautilus

How to let Nautilus open documents directory by default instead of home directory?

marked as duplicate by Panther, sudodus, George Udosen, Mark Kirby, user68186 Oct 5 '17 at 18:34

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  • Sorry yes you are wright. I meant open the directory Documents instead of the home directory? – Vidar Gudmundsson Oct 5 '17 at 18:03

You can

  • use the methods described in the 'duplicate of' link,

    How to set default opening folder for Nautilus file manager?

  • simply run the following command in a terminal window,

    nautilus --new-window ~/Documents
  • you can use that command line in a desktop file and start Nautilus via that desktop file. If this is what you want, you can copy

    cp /usr/share/applications/nautilus.desktop ~/Desktop

    and edit the line that starts with Exec=

    nano /home/vidar/Desktop/nautilus.desktop

    where you should use your actual user ID (which I guess is vidar).

    Exec=nautilus --new-window /home/vidar/Documents

    Give execute permissions to this file

    chmod ugo+x /home/vidar/Desktop/nautilus.desktop

    I think it will be called 'Files' on the desktop.

    Finally, use this modified desktop file (by double-clicking on its icon).

  • 2
    +1 though it seemed Op wanted nautilus to always open @ Documents. In that case put it in ~/.local/share/applications folder – doug Oct 5 '17 at 20:55
  • You may be right @doug. Let us hope the OP will tell us exactly what he wants and what solution he selects :-) – sudodus Oct 5 '17 at 21:08

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