Open Any Folder from Your GNOME Desktop

Today we have a quick tip for productivity in your GNOME desktop. This is not a well-known technique, but it is very fast and a quick way to open any folder.

While on your desktop (either with no windows open or with the desktop focused) type / (forward slash). Now type in a folder path and hit Enter. The directory will be opened in a new Nautilus window. On top of that, it will also autocomplete most paths.

For a quick usage example, say I want to get to /var/lib quickly. Instead of having to open Nautilus and navigate to it, I just type the path out on the desktop. /var/lib Enter, and boom, I'm in the folder.

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Jacob is a web developer, student, and programmer from Ohio. He is a staff member at the Ubuntu Forums and is most likely a fanboy of the distribution. He loves to write in code and words, play video games, and rant about topics most would have abandoned long ago. Jacob uses GNOME and is never seen running stable software, much to the demise of his laptop.

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Discussion: Open Any Folder from Your GNOME Desktop

  1. BobCFC (guest)

    # Posted on 06 December 2007 at 06:21 PM

    woot! ty



  2. jon (guest)

    # Posted on 06 December 2007 at 11:20 PM

    You can press Ctrl+l as well and it'll start with your home folder as the path.



  3. Will (guest)

    # Posted on 07 December 2007 at 12:03 AM

    Wow, thanks! I knew about typing a path into Alt+F2, but this could potentially be faster.



  4. Conor (guest)

    # Posted on 07 December 2007 at 01:03 AM

    Great tip. Ctrl+I is great, but it's a bit awkward when trying to get to basic filesystem stuff (/src, etc.). Thanks!



  5. # Posted on 07 December 2007 at 06:58 AM

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  7. Adam Kane (guest)

    # Posted on 07 December 2007 at 04:34 PM

    Great tip Jacob! I never knew this one existed. Very useful for fast navigation.



  8. # Posted on 07 December 2007 at 04:39 PM

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  9. seb (guest)

    # Posted on 09 December 2007 at 03:20 PM

    I personally set the "ctrl + e" shortcut to open my home dir in nautilus, and it doesn't require focus on the desktop.



  10. # Posted on 13 December 2007 at 02:33 AM

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  11. disko (guest)

    # Posted on 11 February 2008 at 10:36 AM

    hmm, i can not make it.. when i type "/" nothing happens :( but ctrl+l worked great.



  12. # Posted on 01 May 2008 at 09:18 AM

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  13. # Posted on 07 May 2008 at 10:20 AM

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  14. sansimon (guest)

    # Posted on 05 August 2009 at 03:25 AM

    Great tip.

    falou cara.

    sansimon by brazil.



  15. Eugene (guest)

    # Posted on 20 July 2010 at 02:08 PM

    pressing: "ctrl+L" open address bar in text mode. pressing: "Esc" go back to the back view.



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