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However, I want always-use-location-entry to be true. So I am not using breadcrumbs.

The shortkeys, both backspace and ALT+uparrow, are quite helpful. However, since I'm mainly using my mouse in Nautilus, I'd much prefer to actually have a button present that I can click. Then I don't have to switch between keyboard and mouse all the time.

Is there a way to add this button/functionality, while keeping always-use-location-entry to be true?

Another workable solution would be to use both breadcrumbs and the location-entry; so a parent is clickable, but I can also type a path directly.

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Update 2012-01-27: An (unofficial) patch has been created to provide this functionality http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1904510

At the question was asked, you had two options, which I retain below for those who don't want to patch and build their own version of nautilus

1) With always-use-location-entry true, there is no button for the parent folder. You can use any of the following:

  • Use the menu-bar (Go->Open Parent)
  • Use the keyboard shortcuts (Alt+Up or Backspace)


2) With always-use-location-entry false, you will see breadcrumbs to show a higher level folder. To type a location, you must:

  • Press Ctrl+L
  • Use the Go->Location menu option

Regardless of which you decide to use, I would suggest giving some love and support to the bugs on both the Ubuntu project and the Gnome project:

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Solely using the mouse don't see much to do except, - I find the right click on the back arrow icon to be quite useful, should list all folders you accessed to get where you are

Not quite the same but handy

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There is a patch for nautilus to add the up button to the toolbar:

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1904510

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