How can I set my CentOS to be able to open multiple directories in different tabs in the same window?

I have already enabled the feature to open the folders in the same window, but this is different: I would like to be able to open as many tabs I want for different folders.

Unfortunately, I don't know my graphical environment, since:

[user@maxipub9 extractions]$ echo $DESKTOP_SESSION
  • Use Terminator it gives you multiple windows refer this site -> ubuntugeek.com/… – tejas Mar 27 '14 at 3:58
  • Are you asking how to do this in Nautilus or in gnome-terminal? – slm Mar 27 '14 at 4:17
  • Right I had to specify: in Nautilus. – Py-ser Mar 27 '14 at 4:39
  • check this script with the --continue option, you can prepare the folder with symlinks to the tabs folders, and a new nautilus window will be opened, and all tabs will be opened also shortly after – Aquarius Power Dec 30 '14 at 16:32

Both CentOS and Fedora make use of GNOME for their desktop environments. To open multiple tabs you can use Ctrl+T to add additional tabs.

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If you're attempting to have Nautilus open these tabs pre-populated with specific directories this, to my knowledge, is not possible. You'll have to resort to a scripted method such as this one from this AU Q&A titled: open nautilus as new tab in existing window. Specifically the answer that shows the technique using xdotool along with wmctrl.

However the tabs feature was only made available in version GNOME 2.24 or higher. Looking at CentOS 5.10 it comes with Nautilus 2.16.

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This article from ArsTechnica titled: GNOME file manager gets tabbed file browsing discusses the addition of this feature. So you're out of luck in using tabs with this particular version of Nautilus.

This feature will likely be ready to roll for GNOME 2.24, which is scheduled for release in September. Another long-awaited Nautilus feature that is planned for GNOME 2.24 is the compact column view. A lot of other work has been done to iron out the remaining GVFS regressions.

  • Hi, thanks. Unfortunately, my desktop environment is really different from your picture. I don't have an address bar, nor the 'Ctrl + T' combination works to open multiple tabs. The second part of your answer I do not understand (about the pre-populated...). – Py-ser Mar 27 '14 at 6:29
  • @Py-ser - what version of CentOS? cat /etc/redhat-release will tell you this. – slm Mar 27 '14 at 11:50
  • 'CentOS release 5.10 (Final)' – Py-ser Mar 28 '14 at 1:42
  • @Py-ser - see updates. – slm Mar 28 '14 at 3:05
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    It sux so much, that one tends to forget :) – Py-ser Mar 28 '14 at 4:41

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