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When using Nautilus you can use CTRL+L to display the addressbar. How do you revert back to the pathbar? Is there a shortcut key?

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possible duplicate of How to "undo" (revert) Ctrl+L? – Fabby Apr 17 '15 at 19:16
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Focus the address bar and hit Enter :)

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Too easy! Thanks! :) – ssanj Aug 2 '10 at 2:26
Or esc, for that matter. – Dariel Dato-on Aug 2 '10 at 2:47
Esc works too! Thanks! – ssanj Aug 2 '10 at 4:47

Edit: What you want to do is push the / key to type in an address. After you type it in, it will automatically revert to the pathbar (which is called 'breadcrumbs', by the way).

To permanently change it, open a terminal and type:


On the left hand side, expand apps, nautilus, then click on preferences.

Now on the right-hand side, check / uncheck always_use_location_entry.

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always_use_location_entry is unchecked. I'm talking about then I have the pathbar, but want to temporarily switch to the addressbar (to copy a path etc) and then switch back to the pathbar. – ssanj Aug 2 '10 at 0:23
@ssanj: There. I fixed my answer. – Nathan Osman Aug 2 '10 at 2:33
Using / does not seem to work with Lucid. I have to use CTRL+L. – ssanj Aug 2 '10 at 2:43
@ssanj: I have Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid) and just tried it. By the way, the addressbar / pathbar must not be selected. Try clicking in the folder's contents and then pressing '/'. – Nathan Osman Aug 2 '10 at 2:57
Doesn't seem to work for me. I'm running 2.6.32-24-generic #38-Ubuntu x86_64 GNU/Linux, Nautilus 2.30.1 – ssanj Aug 2 '10 at 4:47

Don't get Confused :)

You press ctrl + l and shown directory path.

then looses focus and try to press other keys to get rid of it. so

->>> Click on address bar and press Enter

Absolute Directory Path is shown

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