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Using Ubuntu 18.04.2.

When opening a new tab with Alt T, it opens the new tab in the same directory as the original window.

How to force it to always open in home directory?

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You could get a similar behavior to this by adding cd $HOME to the end of your ~/.bashrc file. Technically, this will cause any new shell to cd $HOME, which might might not be a great idea.

You can run cd by itself and it will return you to your home directory.

You haven't mentioned which terminal you're using, so assuming that you're using gnome-terminal, there should be a way to define custom shortcuts/commands. Others are using this with --working-directory= pointing to their home directories:

gnome-terminal --working-directory=$HOME

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