[Quick Tip] Enable text file path entry on Ubuntu 20.04

This simple tip shows how to get a text location entry in the default Nautilus file browser on Ubuntu 20.04.

For temporary use, you can just press Ctrl + L on your keyboard to get the path of the current file or folder.

When you press Ctrl + L, the default path bar becomes the location entry and you can copy and paste it.

[Quick Tip] Enable text file path entry on Ubuntu 20.04

To have Nautilus permanently display the text path entry in the location bar:

Instead of the path bar, you can always use the text input entry in the location toolbar by running the following command in Terminal.

  • Press Ctrl + Alt + T to open a terminal and execute the command.
    gsettings set org.gnome.nautilus.preferences always-use-location-entry true

    [Quick Tip] Enable text file path entry on Ubuntu 20.04

  • You can also use the command to restore your changes.
    gsettings reset org.gnome.nautilus.preferences always-use-location-entry

Alternatively, using the graphical tool Dconf Editor, go to “org / gnome / nautilus / preferences” and install via Ubuntu software.

[Quick Tip] Enable text file path entry on Ubuntu 20.04

that’s it. pleasant!

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