I had set up Win+E to open Home folder long ago (Keyboard -> Shortcuts -> Applications -> Home Folder).

A rather recent update has changed the behavior from opening a new window to opening a tab in the existing Files window. This is extremely annoying for me since I have 4 monitors and use multiple desktops. Now when I use the shortcut, it changes to the desktop where it was last active.

How can I change the behavior back to what it was before where it would open a new window on the active desktop?

Thank you :-)

  • Try reporting this issue to elementary OS developers on Files page: github.com/elementary/files
    – a-tokarev
    Commented Sep 8, 2019 at 8:19
  • Huh, I suspected that it worked differently in the past but wasn't sure. Now I know they changed it, thanks :) btw I think it's the same for terminal too..
    – jena
    Commented Apr 7, 2020 at 12:27

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You are right the behaviour changed - in response to issues raised by others. What you can do is to disable your existing Application shortcut and create a Custom shortcut with the command io.elementary.files -n ~. This will always open a new window containing one tab at the Home folder. I am not sure what the behaviour regarding where on multiiple monitors it will appear will be - that is governed by the window manager (gala) not Files.

  • Thanks a lot Jeremy, that fixes my issue perfectly. The monitor hop was simply a result of only a single window handling WIN+E - so the issue is resolved.
    – schmoopy
    Commented Sep 10, 2019 at 4:02

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