Switch to the classic text location bar in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

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For those of you using Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, the file browser does not have the location bar. Instead, it has the breadcrumbs bar.

The breadcrumbs bar looks something like this:

Nautilus Breadcrumbs Bar

Nautilus Breadcrumbs Bar

The text style location bar looks something like this:

Nautilus text location bar

Nautilus text location bar

Most people prefer the classic text one. I like it because you can just bring up Nautilus, click over the location bar, and start typing to navigate wherever you want. Another alternative is triggering the text one using the CTRL+L key combo, which instantly converts the breadcrumbs version to the classic text version.

To change this preference, you need a tool called dconf-editor. To know more, check out my previous post here. Install it by running the following command:

sudo apt-get install dconf-editor

After installation completes, run the program. Navigate to:
org -> gnome -> nautilus -> preferences

The right side will populate with name-value pairs pertaining to the Nautilus preferences. Look out for the name:
and check the box corresponding to it. It will probably be the first name-value pair.

Done. Nautilus will immediately update itself and show the classic text location path. If at any time you feel to revert back, just uncheck the box and you are good to go. This will work pretty much on any Linux distro which has the Nautilus file browser.


Vivek Prajapati

A moderate level programmer interested in administration and Arduino. Familiar with C++, Java, PHP, C# with my favourite being C++. Just finished my bachelor's degree in IT.

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