In Microsoft Windows I'm used to being able to type Win+R, then C:\Temp, and that will open up the file explorer in the directory specified. Is there a similar way to navigate to a folder in Ubuntu (16.04)?

  • I have a shell alias called r which simply runs nautilus . Commented Dec 17, 2016 at 1:04

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Alt+F2 or Fn+Alt+F2 is the key combination you are looking for.

To open any window just specify the location as shown below in screenshot.

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This method is very quick as it gives suggestions also. When I type Do it give suggestion for Documents and Downloads (see screenshot)

EDIT: Another useful method to quickly excess file and folders

Use super + F

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This will show you frequently and recently used files and folders. Just type the few starting words of your file/folder and it will show you that file/folder and then hit enter to open the file/folder.

These two methods will greatly save your time and make you more efficient.

  • Perfect, exactly what I was looking for :) Commented Dec 16, 2016 at 18:28

Yes, there is.

Press CTRL+ALT+T to open a terminal window or ALT+F2 for a single command input, and then run this command:

nautilus /path/to/folder

Note, quotes are required around the path if the path contains spaces.


When I'm using the terminal, deep in a folder tree, I often use the command nautilus .

nautilus obviously loads nautilus, and the period is shorthand for "the current directory." If you do it without the period, it'll load in ~.

  • Thanks, is a nice tip as well. Although the question is more "how to get from desktop to nautilus folder", this is a "how to get from terminal to nautilus folder". In Windows this corresponds to running 'start .' in cmd.exe Commented Dec 17, 2016 at 14:28

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