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For some reason sometimes when I have a nautilus window open, then switch to a different window, when I click on the nautilus icon in the Unity bar, it opens a new nautilus window instead of the existing one. Yes the old window is still there, if I minimize the fullscreen window it reveals both of them, and the nautilus icon has two ticks. I think this question's been asked already, but there's no solutions.

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I cannot reproduce this. When I click on the "Files" icon in launcher it opens Nautilus at my /home/[user]/ (Home) folder. If I change focus to some other window and click on the "Files" in Launcher again the window already open (Home) comes back in focus. – user68186 Oct 24 '13 at 18:27

I watched a video and it says that the problem can be solved by NOT clicking on it , instead you just scroll your mouse over the Files icon . It worked for me.

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yeah, but it is not a sollution – Pavak Paul Jul 10 '14 at 9:43

The other solutions didn't helped me. however, this one did.

Edit /usr/share/applications/nautilus.desktop

sudo gedit /usr/share/applications/nautilus.desktop
  • replace Exec=nautilus --new-window %U with Exec=nautilus
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Sorry that didn't work. I tried both of your answers. BTW, this only happens when I'm browsing an external disk (like a flash drive). – kelvinsong Aug 22 '13 at 14:44
@kelvinsong Perhaps you have to restart afterwards? – starbeamrainbowlabs Sep 17 '15 at 12:10

In my case I solved doing this:

  • Unlock from Laucher;
  • Press Atl + F1 and search from nautilus, an icon of "Files" will apear, execute it.
  • Lock to Launcher;

Done :D

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Sorry, did not work :/ – kelvinsong Aug 19 '14 at 0:37
This worked for me in Ubuntu 16.04 – Mav14 Apr 26 at 16:42

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