Is it possible to open more than one instance of Files (pantheon-files)? Right now, every time i open Files new tab is created instead of new window. I use Elemntary Loki, have installed Tweaks but didn't found any setting to change this behavior.

2 Answers 2


I am assuming it is the same for Loki (0.4)...I am running Freya (0.3.2)

  1. open files ... it now exists on the dock
  2. right click on files in the dock
  3. select new window
  4. you should now have a separate window for files
  • thanks for your response. Do you think there is a way do set this as default behavior? For example every time i hit shortcut for File new window pops up?
    – blaze
    Commented Nov 13, 2016 at 22:02

With Files running (and open and focussed) hitting Ctrl+N will open a Files new window.

  • Yes, this of course works. But suppose I've Files opened in first workspace and currently am working in fifth workspace. So I need to find in wkich workspace Files are opened, focus the window and hit CTRL+N - lots of work :) It would be ideally if new window opens every time i press for example Super+F.
    – blaze
    Commented Nov 16, 2016 at 15:52
  • Another workround is to go to System Settings/Keyboard/Shortcuts and set up a custom short cut which launches pantheon-files (with or without a start directory). If launched this way, a new Files window will open in the current workspace. Commented Nov 17, 2016 at 15:10
  • I did this and unfortunately new tab is opened instead.
    – blaze
    Commented Nov 21, 2016 at 9:04
  • 1
    Apologies, when using a custom shortcut, an explicit path must be given as a parameter in order for new window to open. I am not sure why. Commented Dec 5, 2016 at 17:09
  • Indeed, it solved my problem, i just set shortcut for pantheon-files /home/myuser and now new windows is opened each time, thx :)
    – blaze
    Commented Dec 8, 2016 at 17:47

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.