I work a lot in terminal, and am not a fan of having new tabs and new windows opening my previous working directory. I would like to change pantheon-terminal to open my home directory each time.

I found the following keys in /usr/share/glib-2.0/schemas/org.pantheon.terminal.gschema.xml and changed default to equal false, and yet I am still getting the same behavior.

    <key name="follow-last-tab" type="b">
    <summary>Open last active tab path on new tab.</summary>
    <description>Defines whether a new tab should have the path of the last active tab.</description>
    <key name="remember-tabs" type="b">
    <summary>Defines whether the terminal should remember tabs.</summary>
    <description>Defines whether the terminal should remember the last open tabs.</description>

any help would be appreciated.


2 Answers 2


You must actually change those keys in gsettings not in the gschema. So use for example the terminal with: gsettings set org.pantheon.terminal.settings follow-last-tab false

  • Much better solution! Commented Jan 12, 2016 at 10:20
  • Interestingly, I went into [Configuator] (quassy.github.io/elementary-apps/Configurator), navigated to org>pantheon>terminal>settings.... and the "follow-last-tab" and "remember-tabs" keys were already set to false. However, using gsettings in command line worked fine. Commented Jan 12, 2016 at 10:29

A work-around: add cd ~ to your bashrc file.

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