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When I connect my external drive, which has 4 partition, it opens 4 nautilus windows. When I connect a pen-drive, it opens another one for that. Is there a way that new windows will create a tab in an open instance of nautilus, and if there isn't any instance open, create a new one, and open further windows in that.


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sighs I really wish this were possible, and really don't get why this isn't a config/setting in nautilus by this point. Why even have tabs if you can't enforce them, since you're going to accidentally end up with multiple windows with a few windows having tabs anyway. – Kzqai Apr 20 '12 at 15:27
if you use this script with --autoopentabs option, it will close all nautilus windows and mix them all in a single new window with tabs! – Aquarius Power Dec 30 '14 at 16:40

As far as I know this is not available in Nautilus, however as an alternative you can install PCMan File Manager from the software centre which supports tabs here is a link to their homepage which has all the details

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It is possible to use middle-click to open tabs. It can't be made default yet.

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Nautilus in natty alpha 2 has open in new tab on the right click menu.

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