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As most of you know, you can switch between the visual location entry, and the text based one in Nautilus, by hitting Ctrl+L.

When I tried to set this value permanently in gconf-editor, it doesn't exist. When I tried to do it via the terminal, this is the message that I receive:

No value to set for key: /apps/nautilus/preferences/always_use_location_entry

I can still switch between the two via the Ctrl+L, but I'm stumped about the fix.

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To permanently switch from path bar to location bar, you can use dconf-tools Install dconf-tools.

To install dconf-tools, run the following command in a terminal:

sudo apt-get install dconf-tools

After installing it, search for dconf-tools in the dash and open it.

From there, the setting is located at org -> gnome -> nautilus -> preferences. You need to enable always-use-location-entry to always use the location toolbar instead of the path bar.

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Thank you. Truthfully, this is what helped me do what I wanted. The other answer that is user based is awesome, and on bigger systems, with multiple users, that is probably better. Thanks again! – willbeeler Feb 3 '12 at 17:49

If you want to toggle between location bar or path bar without installing anything on your system open a terminal and type to enable the location bar

gsettings set org.gnome.nautilus.preferences always-use-location-entry  true

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and to disable it

gsettings set org.gnome.nautilus.preferences always-use-location-entry  false

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This setting is user based.

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That's awesome dude. Thanks. – willbeeler Feb 3 '12 at 17:48

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