Ubuntu – How to remove ‘Places’ entries from the Nautilus sidebar

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I want to remove Videos and Music from the left side panel. But, I can't seem to find the option to do so. How do you do that?

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Best Answer

  • Tested in Ubuntu 14.04

    Those bookmarks are controlled by ~/.config/user-dirs.dirs and commenting out a lines configures the appearance of the list

    As an example, to remove the Videos bookmark from the list change the line:

    XDG_VIDEOS_DIR="$HOME/Videos"
    

    to

    #XDG_VIDEOS_DIR="$HOME/Videos"
    

    Note:
    After login the file ~/.config/user-dirs.dirs gets reverted to the original set by /etc/xdg/user-dirs.defaults. To prevent that make the file "read-only" either by right clicking and then properties > permissions or using the command

    chmod -w ~/.config/user-dirs.dirs
    

    If you need to edit the file again do the opposite via Nautilus or use the command

    chmod +w ~/.config/user-dirs.dirs
    

    If you want to apply this to all users in your system change the file vim /etc/xdg/user-dirs.conf and set the option enabled to False. You need root permissions or this.

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