The way it worked in 16.04:

  • open nautilus
  • switch back and forth between the left pane ('places'?) and the folder view with F6
  • when you are in the left pane and a bookmarked folder is highlighted you can press enter to open it

Now in 18.04:

  • if you have just opened nautilus you can go down with the arrow keys in the left pane and press enter to open a bookmarked folder
  • Then when you have gone to the right side with F6 or simply after opening the first folder with files
  • You can switch back to the left side with F6 and select a different bookmarked folder with your arrow keys
  • but pressing enter now opens the file that is in focus on the right, instead of opening the folder on the left pane that is in focus

So, how do I open a bookmarked folder in nautilus with my keyboard? (after already opened one)


Press Ctrl+Shift+Enter to open the highlighted location.

Note that Ctrl+Enter would open the highlighted location in a new window and Shift+Enter would open the highlighted location in a new tab.

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  • It may not work when you have a folder in focus on the right, but should work alright if you have a file focussed on the right. – pomsky Aug 8 '18 at 9:16
  • Ah yes that works! (even with a folder in focus on the right). Do you happen to know if there is some way to get the old behaviour back? – Sebastian Aug 8 '18 at 13:50
  • @Sebastian No idea, sorry :( Consider reporting a bug to the developers. – pomsky Aug 8 '18 at 15:04

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