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When Nautilus is running it does not group open instances with the pre-existing docked icon. It adds this file cabinet looking icon to the task bar. I know this isn't default behavior and I'm wondering what could be causing this?

I believe I started noticing this happening after I upgraded (via update manager) from 11.04 to 11.10. Not 100% sure about that though. I do have a quicklist## Heading ##

In the picture I've got my mouse on the extraneous icon.

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So if I delete my custom nautilus-home.desktop file in ~/.local/share/applications/ (created to add quicklists) and drag Home from the Dash, then I get default icon grouping under the correct icon. As soon as I copy /usr/share/applications/nautilus-home.desktop into ~/.local/share/applications/ and re-login then the icon grouping behavior is screwed up again. Even without adding quicklists. – Insperatus Nov 5 '11 at 9:00
Workaround I came up with was to add my quicklist jargon directly to '/usr/share/applications/nautilus-home.desktop'. This is not an idea solution as I imagine I'll have to reinstate the customized nautilus-home.desktop file anytime its replaced in an update or upgrade. – Insperatus Nov 5 '11 at 9:49
It's also not ideal on a multi-user system to apply personal changes to all users, of course... – JanC Nov 5 '11 at 18:46
up vote 3 down vote accepted

What you should do is open your custom .desktop (nautilus-home.desktop file in ~/.local/share/applications

Inside you'll likely find a line -


Remove that line & you can again use your custom .desktop, all nautilus windows will be launched & controlled from the single "Home" icon. A log out/in may be good to do

You may also wish to return the .desktop in /usr to orig. state

A 'bug' report on, though i'm not sure the use of copied .desktops is a bug

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That worked, thanks! – Insperatus Nov 6 '11 at 1:52

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