Ubuntu – Change Default User Directories

In a case-sensitive system like Linux, I prefer naming my directories with all lowercase and underscores. This is kind of difficult when the default user directories are all uppercase (Documents, Pictures, etc.). Here’s a quick tutorial on how to change the defaults whether you’re on Ubuntu or pretty much any other X Window System desktop.

  1. First either edit the default names or make new directories entirely. They don’t even have to stay in your $HOME folder if you want to move them.
  2. Open ~/.config/user-dirs.dirs  and edit each line to represent the new names.
  3. Save the file and that’s it!

Feel free to ask any questions in the comments below!

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