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How do I type in a file path in Ubuntu's default file explorer? By the looks of it, I can only drill down into folders by clicking on folder icons.

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You can use this shortcut: Ctrl+L.

Or, go to Files and select Enter Location:

Enter Location in Nautilus

See also: Where to configure shortcut keys of Nautilus?

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As of 14.04 it is moved to 'Go' menu and then 'Enter Location'. – rajashekar007 Feb 4 at 16:20

Another method that works is to just click on one of the tabs as if you were going to drill down and just start typing

The area immediately changes to a text box so you can enter a path.

As pointed out by Radu there is a short-cut key for this and you can also get there from the menu. There is a useful list of short-cut keystrokes here:

What are the new Nautilus (3.6) shortcuts in Ubuntu 13.04?

These work in both 13.04 and 13.10.

Edit: In response to comment. Click one of the tabs you don't see any change but if you start typing you see something like this:

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Can you clarify the first method or provide a screenshot? I can't get the area to change to a text box by just clicking. – Garrett Feb 13 '14 at 4:43

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