Windows type shortcuts to files and folders

Rodney Dawes rodney.dawes at
Tue Mar 3 21:25:40 UTC 2015

On Tue, 2015-03-03 at 21:12 +0100, Jan Claeys wrote:
> Colin Law schreef op di 03-03-2015 om 09:05 [+0000]:
> > On 2 March 2015 at 15:40, Johan Kriel <jek at> wrote:
> > > I would like to suggest the availability of shortcuts to files and folders
> > > (like those used in Windows) also in addition to the currently available
> > > symbolic links. Symbolic links do have their useful place, but they can also
> > > be a real pain in the ass on occasion. For example, I regularly have to jump
> > > back and forth several times during the day between two or more folders.
> > > Using Ubuntu symlinks for this purpose just takes me deeper and deeper into
> > > an artificial directory structure with an ever increasing path length.
> > > Windows type shortcuts, which jumps directly to another folder using the
> > > normal path, would work much better in this case. Please consider this. It
> > > would help a lot.
> > 
> > Do you mean just a .desktop file that runs nautilus and opens the
> > required folder?
> I think he means some way to create a special file that when
> double-clicked "instructs" the *current* Nautilus window/tab to show
> another directory, and not open a new window/tab.  I don't think
> Nautilus supports this right now (but I might be wrong).

This is possible with .desktop files:

[Desktop Entry]

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