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How to Show the Location Entry Instead of the Breadcrumb Bar in Nautilus in Ubuntu 14.04

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By default, Nautilus displays a breadcrumb bar showing the path to the selected folder or file. However, this may not be efficient if you need to enter a long path. You can easily change Nautilus to display the location entry rather than the breadcrumb bar.

The location entry allows you to easily enter a path to navigate to a specific folder or file. We’ll show you how to change the breadcrumb bar to the location entry.

NOTE: When we say to type something in this article and there are quotes around the text, DO NOT type the quotes, unless we specify otherwise.

Press Ctrl + Alt + T to open a Terminal window. Type the following line at the prompt and press Enter.

sudo apt-get install dconf-tools

Type your password when prompted and press Enter.

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The installation starts and then tells you how much disk space will be used. When asked if you want to continue, type “y” and press Enter.

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When the installation finishes, close the Terminal window by typing “exit” at the prompt and pressing Enter.

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Click the Search button at the top of the Unity bar and type “dconf-editor” in the Search box. Items that match what you type start displaying as you type. When the dconf Editor displays, click the icon to open it.

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In the dconf Editor, navigate to the following location in the tree list in the left pane.

org –> gnome –> nautilus –> preferences

In the right pane, select the always-use-location-entry check box.

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To close the dconf Editor, click X button in the upper-left corner of the window.

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Now, the breadcrumb bar becomes the location entry and you can easily type a path (or paste a path copied from elsewhere) and press Enter to quickly go to that folder or file, similar to how you would copy the path to a file or folder in Windows.

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If you want to go back to the breadcrumb bar, follow the above procedure and uncheck the always-use-location-entry check box.

Lori Kaufman is a freelance technical writer who likes to write geeky how-to articles to help make people's lives easier through the use of technology. She loves watching and reading mysteries and is an avid Doctor Who fan.

  • Published 06/2/14