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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    Dec 20, 2018 at 7:12
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Open System / Preferences / Keyboard shortcuts

Scroll down to Desktop/Home folder, click on it, then press Win+E.

Click Close.

  • Don't forget to remap Super to Hyper in your keyboard layout options first. May 11, 2010 at 14:36

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS:

1) Navigate to System Settings => Keyboard => Shortcuts Tab => Launchers

2) Click Home Folder and press Win+E to set the shortcut

3) When complete it should say Super+E to the right of the Home Folder

Keyboard Shortcuts in System Settings

  • The layout has changed in newer versions, but there is now a search bar which means it is easiest to find this shortcut by typing "Home" in there.
    – Kvothe
    Nov 17, 2020 at 15:18

You can open Nautilus by pressing Ctrl+N.

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    That's only when you have the desktop on focus. Won't work if you have something like a browser open
    – Rishi Dua
    Apr 22, 2014 at 12:08

In Linux, go to System Settings => Keyboard => Custom Shortcuts.

Click on +, write in name box for your as Home Folder and in command box as nautilus.

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Click on Add.

Now click on Disabled next to newly created "Home Folder" in Custom Shortcuts. Disabled will change to New Accelerator.

Press any key-combination e.g.Win + E.

Now it will look like below.

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Hope it helps!


In Ubuntu 18.04

  • Press Window key,
  • search 'shortcut',
  • you'll have a settings menu for keyboard shortcuts. Dive in.
  • go to the bottom of the screen and click '+' (Add New Shortcut)

Set these :

  • Name: Home,
  • Command: xdg-open . (You can replace '.' with your directory, '.' will open home directory by default).
  • Set Shortcut: Window-Key + E

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:

  1. A general way of opening all programs whose (partial) name you can remember.
  2. Needn't remapping keys and memorizing them.

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