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In 10.10, when opening a directory in Nautilus, I was wondering how to copy the current path?

My address bar, pictured here, is not copyable:

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up vote 43 down vote accepted

I'd say the quickest way is to press Ctrl+L... then you can copy it.

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is it a feature or a bug? :-) – loonix Mar 1 '11 at 5:15
I don't really think it's a bug.... that's how it has been designed (wether we like it or not) – luri Mar 1 '11 at 8:28
Hehe it's a feature for sure and I believe it has been implemented for the same reason this question has been asked :P – danizmax Mar 1 '11 at 8:56
It used to show the location bar all the time, now breadcrumb style navigation is the default. Oh and +1 for keyboard shortcuts! – invert Mar 1 '11 at 9:11
And to toggle it back, strangely, you can't use Ctrl+L. You have to use Esc. (See my answer for other related tips about saving your preference for this, and about "terminal here".) – Jon Coombs Aug 2 '14 at 16:12

Ctrl+L. Very frustrating to not find an option in the View menu (which should then be clearly labeled Ctrl+L). Had to do a web search.

And then very frustrating to find that Ctrl+L doesn't toggle it back. Another web search... Drum roll... Esc

And then, how to set your preference? Web search... Have to install gconf-editor or dconf-editor or manually use a terminal command:

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

Of course, this would be a little less painful if there were a 'terminal here' option in the context menu. Web search... Install nautilus-open-terminal

How do I open a terminal in the current location?

Sigh. Oversimplified interfaces are so hard to figure out. I appreciate all the helpful answers people have put on the web for us to find.

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This answer will work on Ubuntu >12.04. Gconftool (answer below) is deprecated. – Glutanimate Apr 5 '13 at 0:27
Worth restating! "Oversimplified interfaces are so hard to figure out." – Machtyn May 3 '15 at 4:12

May I ask why you want the path?

If you want the path because you want to use it and navigate directly from the terminal, then you can simply install nautilus-open-terminal using synaptic.


sudo apt-get install nautilus-open-terminal

After that, simply right click on any folder and use "Open in terminal"

If you simply want the path, then Ctrl + L would do just fine.

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Navigate to the GO menu and choose Location....

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You can also type into your terminal gconftool-2 --type=Boolean --set apps/nautilus/preferences/always_use_location_entry true so that you always get a text based location bar.

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