In my setup I tend to symlink major user folders in Linux to their Windows equivalents, IE Downloads, Documents, Pictures, Videos, etc. Usually I make sure nautilus isn't running before I do it and the default list of folders under "Computer" stays the same

However my last change I forgot to do this and now the 4 folders above are filed under Bookmarks. Deleting the nautilus settings folder at ~/.conf/nautilus doesn't fix it. Reinstalling nautilus with yum reinstall nautilus nautilus-extensions doesn't fix it. I'm not sure where else to go as I don't know how nautilus is loading these folders

Does anyone have any suggestions on what to do to put the folders back under Computer?

  • @don_crissti Yes. There it looks cleaner and doesn't make the entire side pane scroll since there isn't an extra Bookmarks category – TheLQ Feb 22 '13 at 23:00

I do know it is not a good practice to dig up an old post like this one, but I really needed an answer to the same problem here in 2019 and couldn't find a proper solution, until now.

Solving the problem is as simple as editing the .config/user-dirs.dirs file by pasting this in a terminal:

gedit ~/.config/user-dirs.dirs

You will find something like:


Type inside the quotes the real path to the folders you desire to show again in the sidebar. For exemple: The XDG_DESKTOP_DIR= entry should be equal to your desktop folder (probably "$HOME/Desktop"). If it is missing, just type it in and save the file. Reboot and it should be back.

Found the answer here: https://askubuntu.com/a/745258/806380, by https://askubuntu.com/users/511925/user3556519.

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