Why only one nautilus window manager is opens when clicking on the 'Files' icon on the unity bar? I need to open two or more HomeFolder windows by clicking on the 'files' icon on the unity pane. I cannot create more than one nautilus window manager unless i tap superkey(windows key) and type homefolder,videos etc or typing the same in gnome-do. Is there any way to open more than one folders(Home folder, videos etc..) by clicking the 'files' icon on the unity bar??


Use the middle mouse button to open a second instance of an application.

Or hold the shift-key while clicking with the left mouse button.

  • I usually use touch pad. So, I tried shift combination. It is not working. – 001neeraj Sep 16 '12 at 11:20
  • You can simulate a middle mouse click by pressing the 2 buttons at the same time. This works either with a regular mouse or a touchpad. – Timo Sep 16 '12 at 17:18

Try to right-click the Home folder icon at the Launcher, and in the quicklist that appears, click Open a new Window.

It's the first icon after the launcher one.

*It's on spanish, but in english it should be "Downloads, Documents, Images, Music, Videos, Open a new window, Personal Folder...).

I hope it works to you!

  • Options when i right-click are: 1) Files 2)Keep In Launcher – 001neeraj Sep 16 '12 at 11:21
  • Updated with image, maybe I'm not understanding you – Addison Montgomery Sep 16 '12 at 11:39
  • @user86865 on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS the option should be named "Lock to Launcher" and not "Keep in launcher". What version are you using? – Glutanimate Sep 16 '12 at 13:35

I could change the entry list of right-click menu by using "Unity Launcher Editor". In this software there are options to add a new list entry. Anyway thanks to all for responding my question. I use 11.10.


Use Ctrl+N in the first Nautilus (aka Files) window.

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    Title of the question: "Is there any way to open more than one folders [...] by clicking the 'files' icon on the unity bar?" – pomsky Mar 15 '18 at 9:36

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