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Date: 2005may1
Updated: 2008jan12
Keywords: spatial, spacial (incorrect spelling), Nautilus
OS: Linux
Warning: This has been fixed now

Q.  How do I stop GNOME for opening a new window every time I go
to a new folder?

A.  This started in GNOME 2.6 [2004] and ended in GNOME 2.3 [2010 *].  The file browser in GNOME is called Nautilus
and this mode is called "spatial".  To disable it do this:

- Launch The Configuration Editor
- Go to apps > nautilus > preferences
- Check "always use browser"

Or on the command line:

conftool-2 -t bool /apps/nautilus/preferences/always_use_browser -s true
[* NOTE - the numbering scheme has goes sequentially from a .1 release to a .99 release, thus 2.8 is older than 2.18]

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