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Using Xubuntu 12.04.2 LTS. I followed these instructions:

By running the following:

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

I then rebooted. The setting had no effect: the location bar is always hidden.


Screen shots from the various open dialogs upon opening...


Firefox opens files similar to:

Firefox File Open


The GIMP opens files from "Recently Used", making the location bar completely unavailable (even by pressing Control+L).

GIMP File Open


Inkscape opens from the most recent directory?

Inkscape File Open


  1. How do I get all applications to behave the same?
  2. How can I get the Location path to always be shown?

These two questions relate. It would be great if the GIMP could be set to open in either the last directory the application used or my home directory -- any location that allows the Location bar to be shown (never hidden).

I would like to avoid having to type Control+L to reveal the Location input field every time I want to open a file.

Any suggestions?

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The easier way to always display the Text Path Location instead these icons is (on a files explorer):

ViewLocation selectorToolbar style

FYI : Xubuntu doesn't use Nautilus, so, this property should not work with Thunar. But you can access this property by using gcong-editor:

gconf-editor → apps/gnome-settings/gnumeric/toobar_style

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I don't have apps/gnome-settings/gnumeric in gconf-editor. Also, that would only set it for gnumeric. I want all apps to show the location input field. –  Dave Jarvis Oct 3 '13 at 7:55
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