Chapter 5. Bookmarking files and locations

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In GNOME, applications and dialogs that manage files list bookmarks in the left side bar. You can add, remove, and edit the bookmarks.

5.1. Adding a bookmark

You can save a reference to a folder by bookmarking it in the Files application.


  • Locate the folder in the Files application.


  • Add the folder to bookmarks using either of the following methods:

    • By dragging:

      1. Drag the folder to the left side bar.
      2. Drop it over the New bookmark item.
    • Using a keyboard shortcut:

      1. Open the folder.
      2. Press Ctrl+D.
    • Using a menu:

      1. Open the folder.
      2. In the navigation bar at the top of the window, click the name of the folder.

        The bookmark menu
      3. Select Add to Bookmarks.


  • Check that the bookmark now appears in the side bar.

5.2. Removing a bookmark

You can delete an existing bookmark in the Files application.


  1. Right-click the bookmark in the side bar.
  2. Select Remove from the menu.

    Remove bookmark menu


  • Check that the bookmark no longer appears in the side bar.

5.3. Renaming a bookmark

You can rename a bookmark to distinguish it from other bookmarks. If you have bookmarks to several folders that all share the same name, you can tell the bookmarks apart if you rename them.

Renaming the bookmark does not rename the folder.


  1. Right-click the bookmark in the side bar.
  2. Select Rename….

    Rename bookmark menu
  3. In the Name field, enter the new name for the bookmark.

    Bookmark name field
  4. Click Rename.


  • Check that the side bar lists the bookmark under the new name.

    Renamed bookmark

5.4. Adding a bookmark for all users

As a system administrator, you can set a bookmark for several users at once so that file shares are easily accessible to all the users.


  1. In the home directory of each existing user, edit the ~user/.config/gtk-3.0/bookmarks file.
  2. In the file, add a Uniform Resource Identifiers (URI) line that identifies the bookmark.

    For example, the following lines add bookmarks to the /usr/share/doc/ directory and to the GNOME FTP network share:

  3. Optional: To also add the bookmarks for every newly created user on the system:

    1. Create the /etc/skel/.config/gtk-3.0/bookmarks file.
    2. Enter the bookmark URI lines in the file.
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