How do I make all my folders open in the same window, in Nautilus?

If you want to set the file manager so that it doesn’t open a new window for each folder, you can follow these steps:

  1. Double-click on the “Computer” icon on your desktop.
  2. Go to the “Edit” menu and choose “Preferences.”
  3. Click on the “Behavior” tab.
  4. Put a check in the box marked “Always open in browser windows.”


Shailen is a Technical Consulting Engineer at Intel Corporation. He has a Master degree in Computational Science and Engineering from the Technical University of Munich and a Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Jacobs Univerity Bremen. Shailen has conducted research in power modelling for HPC applications and has high interests in the mobile sector. At Intel, Shailen is responsible for the Intel Integrated Native Developer Experience (INDE) suite of software for mobile developers. Shailen comes from the beautiful island of Mauritius. He has a LinkedIn and a Xing profile. Lastly, his name is unique in the world and he admires Bill Gates.

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7 comments on “How do I make all my folders open in the same window, in Nautilus?
  1. Waleed says:

    dears ..

    well .. that’s correct .. but how can I let the behavior of the double-click performs on the same folder … just like windows .. I mean is there any other way rather than using the Folder-browser …!!??

    thanking you in advance ..


  2. Luis says:

    Thanks! So simple and I realy hated that from Nautilus πŸ™‚


  3. Marwa says:

    Thanks, really


  4. cripto says:

    thanks man

    that is a greta tip

    i hate the nautilus opening 400 windows.



  5. Gresso says:

    That is wonderful, I hated myself opening hundreds of windows .


  6. Wrooooom says:

    Oh my….

    Not only this is not the default (!),
    but the property name is “Always open in browser windows” … very self-explanatory 😦



  7. ravi says:

    Really great tip. Now i am free from a big burden.


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