I want to switch to opened browser window or start new browser window in the current Desktop/Viewport.

When I click a link in Thunderbird, that will open a new Tab in existing browser session/window (and blinking in applet bar).

I want that my browser (Google Chrome) open a new session/window (in current Desktop with TB) or switch automatically to the Desktop with existing opened Chrome window.

May be this funktionality is interesting, then clicking an URL in another application (PDF-Viewer,..).

Can I determine desired functionality systemwide?

  • I use Ubuntu 15.10.
    – klpu39
    Mar 11, 2016 at 16:20
  • I have found followed solution.
    – klpu39
    Mar 13, 2016 at 13:32

1 Answer 1


I have found followed solution. First, edit file in ~/.local/share/applications/google_chrome_my.desktop. Must contain:

[Desktop Entry] Version=1.0 Name=Google Chrome Exec=/usr/bin/google-chrome-stable --new-window %U Terminal=false Icon=google-chrome Type=Application Categories=Network;WebBrowser; MimeType=text/html;text/xml;application/xhtml_xml;image/webp;x-scheme-handler/http;x-scheme-handler/https;x-scheme-handler/ftp;.

Add this .desktop file to your Applet Launcher Bar (Drag and Drop).

Next, add following to file ~/config/mimeapps.list in pragraph [Default Applications](but not in ~/.local/share/applications/):

text/html=google_chrome_my.desktop x-scheme-handler/http=google_chrome_my.desktop x-scheme-handler/https=google_chrome_my.desktop text/xml=google_chrome_my.desktop application/xhtml_xml=google_chrome_my.desktop image/webp=google_chrome_my.desktop x-scheme-handler/ftp=google_chrome_my.desktop.

Next logout/login. From now on that must to work.

xdg-settings set default-web-browser has no funktion on my Desktop(?).

(thanks to Post in linux.org.ru: https://www.linux.org.ru/forum/desktop/12427558?lastmod=1457875649636#comment-12427623 and https://wiki.ubuntuusers.de/MIME-Typ/#Standardanwendung-festlegen)

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