I want the file list to be displayed always sorted by "modified" column (descending).

My gnome-shell version is:

Package: gnome-shell
Version: 3.4.2-7+deb7u1
  • Yes, in my system looks like this, but I guess it is the same. Nov 18, 2014 at 23:38

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You can alter the gtk+ file chooser dialog settings and specify the sort column (in this case modified).

  • for gtk3+ apps:

via dconf-editor, navigate to org > gtk > settings > file-chooser and set sort-column to modified and sort-order to descending

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or via gsettings, in terminal:

gsettings set org.gtk.Settings.FileChooser sort-column 'modified'
gsettings set org.gtk.Settings.FileChooser sort-order 'descending'
  • for gtk2+ apps:

via editing the configuration file ~/.config/gtk-2.0/gtkfilechooser.ini:

  • I see these configurations and I have set them to modified and descending. These seem to work for gedit but not for other software like OpenOffice or Iceweasel. Is that expected? Nov 19, 2014 at 1:44
  • re-tested at OO and Iceweasel and they work like a charm now. Thanks a lot. Nov 19, 2014 at 2:53

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