How can I activate the new open file dialog in files?


As shown below:

Open file dialog screenshot

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  • but is it really there? – user170 Jul 23 '15 at 11:34
  • @cipricus Yes, the dialog is shipped, but not activated by default due to certain app incompatibilities. – Lewis Goddard Jul 23 '15 at 12:03
  • code.launchpad.net/~donadigo/pantheon-files/filechooser-module/… shows right at the top how to use it – quassy Jul 23 '15 at 12:05
  • @quassy - ... right at the top...where? – user170 Jul 23 '15 at 12:23
  • "Description of the Change" :o – quassy Jul 23 '15 at 15:01

Enable it everywhere

As cipricus said, the dialog is already implemented in the system. If you want to enable it now, you need to have your system up-to-date and execute this command in terminal:

gsettings set org.gnome.settings-daemon.plugins.xsettings enabled-gtk-modules "['pantheon-filechooser-module']"

After that, be sure to reboot your system and the new dialog should appear.


To disable that if you encounter problems execute and reboot:

gsettings set org.gnome.settings-daemon.plugins.xsettings enabled-gtk-modules "[]"

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