Remove default shortcuts in Nautilus

Colin Law clanlaw at
Thu Apr 19 16:23:03 UTC 2012

On 19 April 2012 17:17, Sam Albers <tonightsthenight at> wrote:
> Hello all,
> I have a simple question but I can't seem to find the right answer here.
> The default shortscuts in the nautilus file manager are home, desktop,
> documents, downloads, Music, Pictures, Videos, File System, and Trash.
> These are the icons on the left side of the window manager.
> One used to be able to remove those shortcuts by simply right clicking
> on the icon then selecting remove. Now, however, for the default icons
> that remove option in greyed out and not possible. Basically I want to
> change where those Music, Documents etc. shortcuts point. So can
> anyone either a) recommend a way to delete those default shortcuts so
> that I can replace them with custom ones or b) suggest a way to
> repoint those shortcuts to where I would like them to point?

The file .config/user-dirs.dirs in your home directory  defines where
these link to.  You can edit that file (you might have to log out and
in for the changes to be seen, I don't know).


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