In windows you can press the Win+E to get the Windows Explorer window to open up any time.
Is there an equivalent global hot-key to get the file explorer to show up in Ubuntu Karmic?
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In Linux, go to System Settings => Keyboard => Custom Shortcuts.
Click on Add.
Now click on
Disabled next to newly created "Home Folder" in Custom Shortcuts.
Disabled will change to
Press any key-combination e.g.Win + E.
Now it will look like below.
Hope it helps!
Alternatively, if you are using Nautilus as file manager. You can do Alt+F2 and type
nautilus. You don't even have to finish the whole word since it will auto-complete.
Advantages of this approach are:
In Ubuntu 18.04
Set these :
xdg-open .(You can replace '.' with your directory, '.' will open home directory by default).
Window-Key + E