How do I set Nautilus to use same window on double click when browsing folders? This would be similar to how windows works. Right now, my Nautilus opens a new window of nautilus if i double click a folder. To use the same window I have to remember to nicely click the little arrow icon to expand the folder.

So, is the default behavior changeable?

2 Answers 2


Try the following

Go to 'Edit' -> 'Preferences' -> 'Behaviour'

Uncheck Open each folder in a new window

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  • :) great minds think alike ...
    – Jakob
    Apr 13, 2012 at 21:14
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    That answer was really close but it gave me the hint I needed. On my disto of CentOS 6.2 I needed to check the box that says "Always open in browser windows."
    – djangofan
    Apr 13, 2012 at 22:22
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    + I needed to restart the application to have the setting take effect.
    – Catweazle
    May 2, 2016 at 13:44
  • "Always open in browser windows" wording is less clear than the old wording. I had seen this option but assumed it wasn't what I needed. Oct 29, 2019 at 11:16

Edit » Preferences » Behaviour » Open each folder in its own window


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