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Thread: How do you edit the "Places" menu in the menubar?

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    Unhappy How do you edit the "Places" menu in the menubar?

    There is a thread similar to this with three pages of no answer whatsoever.

    "Edit Menus" does NOT include the "Places" menu ... why ever not?

    Since I switched to 9.04 my folder icons eg "Home Folder" brings up the Movie Player!???

    I assume this menu is hidden somewhere in /Home since this was not changed when I went to 9.04 ... where the heck is it?

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    Re: How do you edit the "Places" menu in the menubar?

    The only way I know to edit the Places menu is to add Bookmarks in the top of any Nautilus file browser window.

    To change what app an icon or file opens, right-click and select 'open with'. It will remain default until you open it with a different app.

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    Re: How do you edit the "Places" menu in the menubar?

    Quote Originally Posted by bloozguy View Post
    There is a thread similar to this with three pages of no answer whatsoever.

    "Edit Menus" does NOT include the "Places" menu ... why ever not?

    Since I switched to 9.04 my folder icons eg "Home Folder" brings up the Movie Player!???

    I assume this menu is hidden somewhere in /Home since this was not changed when I went to 9.04 ... where the heck is it?
    that menu is not entirely editable, but you might find what you need in the invisible file .gtk-bookmarks in your home folder
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    Re: How do you edit the "Places" menu in the menubar?

    I see SOME of the entries from the "Places" menu in .gtk-bookmarks and yes you can edit (just those) via Nautilus Bookmark BUT where are the rest of the entries like the "Home" folder and how do I change it so it once more uses the file browser and not the %$&$* movie player if I can't even get to choose the app involved.
    I mean a right click on the menu item just invokes it ... no "properties" to play with or "Open with" option anywhere.
    Murrrrr!!

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    Re: How do you edit the "Places" menu in the menubar?

    Try .config/user-dirs.dirs

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    Re: How do you edit the "Places" menu in the menubar?

    I searched .config right down to
    "grep Places */*/*" and came up empty ....

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    Re: How do you edit the "Places" menu in the menubar?

    Open a terminal:
    Code:
    gksudo gedit .config/user-dirs.dirs

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    Re: How do you edit the "Places" menu in the menubar?

    See, no "Places"


    Code:
    # This file is written by xdg-user-dirs-update
    # If you want to change or add directories, just edit the line you're
    # interested in. All local changes will be retained on the next run
    # Format is XDG_xxx_DIR="$HOME/yyy", where yyy is a shell-escaped
    # homedir-relative path, or XDG_xxx_DIR="/yyy", where /yyy is an
    # absolute path. No other format is supported.
    #
    XDG_DESKTOP_DIR="$HOME/Desktop"
    XDG_DOWNLOAD_DIR="$HOME/Desktop"
    XDG_TEMPLATES_DIR="$HOME/Templates"
    XDG_PUBLICSHARE_DIR="$HOME/Public"
    XDG_DOCUMENTS_DIR="$HOME/Documents"
    XDG_MUSIC_DIR="$HOME/Music"
    XDG_PICTURES_DIR="$HOME/Photos/Pictures"
    XDG_VIDEOS_DIR="$HOME/Videos"

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    Re: How do you edit the "Places" menu in the menubar?

    The "edit menus" application mainly works for the application and system menu, the places menu is controlled by nautilus (the file browser).
    The places menu can be edited mainly by opening up your file browser, go up to bookmarks and then selecting "edit bookmarks"
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    Re: How do you edit the "Places" menu in the menubar?

    Quote Originally Posted by bloozguy View Post
    and how do I change it so it once more uses the file browser and not the %$&$* movie player if I can't even get to choose the app involved.
    I mean a right click on the menu item just invokes it ... no "properties" to play with or "Open with" option anywhere.
    Murrrrr!!
    If you are trying to change what the default or options are when you click on a folder, take a look in ~/.local/share/applications/mimeapps.list

    If you want a folder to open with nautilus instead of something a bit more unusual, look at the "inode/directory=" listing.

    Changing the line to the following should open folders with nautilus on a standard ubuntu install:
    inode/directory=nautilus-folder-handler.desktop
    GRUB2

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