It is possible to create a new tab on the desktop window with Ctrl + T

Bug #814799 reported by Dylan McCall on 2011-07-22
This bug affects 37 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Fix Released
nautilus (Fedora)
Won't Fix
nautilus (Ubuntu)
Dmitry Shachnev

Bug Description

Steps to reproduce: From the Nautilus desktop, press Ctrl+T to create a new tab. The desktop window will turn into a popup with a Nautilus file view and none of the usual chrome, and two tabs at the top. The application seems to suffer horribly at this point.

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Pedro Villavicencio (pedro) wrote :

Thank you for your bug report. This bug has been reported to the developers of the software. You can track it and make comments at:

Changed in nautilus (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Low
status: New → Triaged
Changed in nautilus:
importance: Unknown → Medium
status: Unknown → New

Description of problem:
Doing a CTRL-T on the desktop opens new nautilus tab right there on the desktop

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
gnome-shell.x86_64 3.0.2-4.fc15 @updates
gnome-shell-extension-alternative-status-menu.noarch 3.0.2-3.20110630git939994d0.fc15 @updates
gnome-shell-extension-auto-move-windows.noarch 3.0.2-3.20110630git939994d0.fc15 @updates
gnome-shell-extension-common.noarch 3.0.2-3.20110630git939994d0.fc15 @updates
gnome-shell-extension-cpu-temperature.noarch 0-0.2.gitcdc83b0.fc15 @updates
gnome-shell-extension-drive-menu.noarch 3.0.2-3.20110630git939994d0.fc15 @updates
gnome-shell-extension-mediaplayers.noarch 0-0.1.git259f96e.fc15 @updates
gnome-shell-extension-noim.noarch 1.0-1.fc15 @updates
gnome-shell-extension-places-menu.noarch 3.0.2-3.20110630git939994d0.fc15 @updates
gnome-shell-extension-presentation-mode.noarch 0-0.2.gitc3ce6b2.fc15 @updates
gnome-shell-extension-remove-accessibility-icon.noarch 20110603-1.fc15 @updates
gnome-shell-extension-theme-selector.noarch 0.9-3.fc15 @updates
gnome-shell-extension-user-theme.noarch 3.0.2-3.20110630git939994d0.fc15 @updates
gnome-shell-extension-windowsNavigator.noarch 3.0.2-3.20110630git939994d0.fc15 @updates
gnome-shell-theme-atolm.noarch 1.0-1.fc15 @updates
gnome-shell-theme-dark-glass.noarch 1.0-1.fc15 @updates
gnome-shell-theme-gaia.noarch 1.0-1.fc15 @updates
gnome-shell-theme-orta.noarch 1.0-1.fc15 @updates
gnome-shell-theme-smooth-inset.noarch 1.0-1.fc15

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. see description

Actual results:
new empty nautilus tab

Expected results:
nothing happens

Additional info:

Changed in nautilus (Ubuntu):
importance: Low → Medium
Changed in nautilus:
status: New → Confirmed
manny (estelar57) wrote :

so as you can see from all the duplicates and the pics in them, this bug breaks the desktop.

anyone can break their desktop with one click, so i think it should be higher than medium...

is it going to be disabled till upstream fixes it?

Changed in nautilus (Ubuntu):
status: Triaged → Fix Committed
Dmitry Shachnev (mitya57) wrote :

Fixed in Nautilus 1:3.2.0-0ubuntu3.

Changed in nautilus (Ubuntu):
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
Zolee (z-varga) wrote :

'New Tab' menu item disappeared, but 'CTRL+T' still works and breaks the desktop.
(Nautilus 3.2.0)

Didier Roche (didrocks) on 2011-09-29
Changed in nautilus (Ubuntu):
status: Fix Released → Triaged
summary: - It is possible to create a new tab on the desktop window
+ It is possible to create a new tab on the desktop window with Ctrl + T
Jeremy Bicha (jbicha) on 2011-09-30
description: updated

The 'CTRL+T' shortcut still opens new tab and makes it very confusing (for newcomers). That's with Nautilus 1:3.2.0-0ubuntu5. It should be noted that this behaviour doesn't break the desktop, because you can close that new tab (just right click on it and you will see close tab option).

the unity menu is above, the time it appens to me I closed accidentally the desktop tab instead of the new one. (the desktop was more visible in the middle of the screen).

malclocke (malc-wholemeal) wrote :

There's a patch to fix this on the upstream bug (

Matthieu Baerts (matttbe) wrote :

I can confirm that this bug seems to be fixed with the version patched by Dmitry and available on the new branch linked to this bug report!
Thank you :)

PS: this version is currently waiting to build on my ppa if someone else want to test it.

Changed in nautilus (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → Dmitry Shachnev (mitya57)
tags: added: patch-forwarded-upstream
Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

Thank you for your work on there, you might want to subscribe ubuntu-sponsors there

Hello Dylan, or anyone else affected,

Accepted nautilus into oneiric-proposed, the package will build now and be available in a few hours. Please test and give feedback here. See for documentation how to enable and use -proposed. Thank you in advance!

Changed in nautilus (Ubuntu Oneiric):
status: Triaged → Fix Committed
tags: added: verification-needed
Changed in nautilus (Ubuntu):
status: Triaged → Fix Committed
Adolfo Jayme (fitojb) wrote :

I can confirm that the proposed version of nautilus no longer allows to use Ctrl+T in the desktop.

tags: added: verification-done
removed: verification-needed

Same result here. Thanks, Martin :)

On Tue, Oct 25, 2011 at 9:04 AM, Fitoschido <email address hidden> wrote:
> I can confirm that the proposed version of nautilus no longer allows to
> use Ctrl+T in the desktop.
> ** Tags removed: verification-needed
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Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package nautilus - 1:3.2.1-0ubuntu2

nautilus (1:3.2.1-0ubuntu2) oneiric-proposed; urgency=low

  [ Dmitry Shachnev ]
  * debian/patches/05_desktop_menu_export.patch (updated):
    - Destroy menubar on non-ubuntu sessions (LP: #826771)
    - Remove duplicate lines (LP: #874847)
  * debian/patches/17_dont_allow_new_tab_on_desktop.patch:
    - Don't allow "New tab" shortcut on desktop (LP: #814799)

  [ Martin Pitt ]
  * 05_desktop_menu_export.patch: Fix potential crash if $DESKTOP_SESSION is
    not set.
 -- Dmitry Shachnev <email address hidden> Tue, 25 Oct 2011 12:46:53 +0200

Changed in nautilus (Ubuntu):
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
Changed in nautilus (Ubuntu Oneiric):
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
Changed in nautilus:
status: Confirmed → Fix Released

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Changed in nautilus (Fedora):
importance: Unknown → Undecided
status: Unknown → Won't Fix
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