When I'm navigating though a bunch of folders on Fedora 11 I don't want to open a new window each time I click down a level. I want it to work like Explorer in Windows where the contents of just one window change.

Is there a way to configure it to do this? I've looked through the options but I don't see a way to change the behavior.


Open terminal and use command:

gconftool-2 -t bool -s /apps/nautilus/preferences/always_use_browser true


gconftool-2 -t bool -s /apps/nautilus/preferences/always_use_browser false

to switch it back


The GUI way to do what ricbax suggested :

  1. Open a Nautilus window
  2. Got to Edit -> Preferences, Open the "Behavior" tab
  3. Select "Always open in browser windows"

Not as awesome as using gconftool from the command line, but it is just as effective.


I figured it out. You can middle click to get that behavior.

  • Unfortunately, that's not changing "the default behavior" though. – Chris_K Nov 3 '09 at 23:13

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