Why can I not open a second or third window, and so on, to view directories and files?

If I click the Home Folder button the same Nautilus window keeps showing up.

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There are multiple ways to open more Nautilus windows:

  • Middle-click the Home Folder launcher icon
  • With a Nautilus window open, go to File > New Window (or get the option in the HUD)
  • With a Nautilus window open, use the Ctrl+N keyboard shortcut
  • Press Super+Shift+N (if it's one of the top 1 through 9 in the launcher)

This is a easy way to open new Nautilus window that I found for myself:

  • Open terminal and type gksudo nautilus /usr/share/applications/ press Enter
    type your password

  • Now find files application. There are two files which one of them only open one Nautilus window and the other one open more than Nautilus window if you clicked on icons.

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If you go to Properties from right-click on each icons, you see there, those are different from another one (see command section)

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  • Now copy --new-window %U and paste it at the end of command section for other files application command. now both of command text box have nautilus --new-window %U in it.

  • Choice close and also close applications and terminal window.

Now I assign a shortcut (like Super+E) to open new window every where even if you are not in backgound or another Nautilus explorer is already opened.

Type Keyboard in dash and open Shortcuts tab from opened keyboard window. Select Launchers from left pane and then select second column in front of Home Folder item, now press your favorite shortcut key (mine is Super+E). After assign close keyboard window and press shortcuted key to open more than one and every where NEW Nautilus Explorer. COOL.

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If you have a previously opened Nautilus window, holding Shift and clicking the launcher icon will open a new window. Works for all applications.

Open a new instance of a window: Shift + Left click on launcher icon.

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