If my memory is not playing me up this could be done with old versions of Ubuntu but I can't find a way of doing it with 18.04.

Is there a way of doing it?


Drag the folder while holding the Ctrl+Shift button

You will see a "link" under the dragging hand badge while the folder is dragged as shown in the picture below.

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If you drag the folder you want to link to, to a different folder, then the link will have the same name as the linked folder. The linked folder will have a black link arrow to show that it is a link.

If you create a link of a folder within the same parent folder the link will be called Link to <Name of Folder>.

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Alternately Alt Drag

If you press Alt and drag-and-drop a little menu with copy, move, link, and cancel appears:

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Hope this helps

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    Thanks @PerlDuck I have added this method to my answer. – user68186 Nov 14 '18 at 22:08

You have to enable the menu entry in the file manager:

  • Just open file manager/files/preferences
  • Go to Tab behaviour/Link Creation -> Show action to create symbolic links
  • Thank you. I cannot get why at all this was removed from default settings. – Pavlo Mar 29 '19 at 6:32

Just right-click on the folder, then select Create Link from the menu.

  • This is only possible if the checkbox "Show action to create symbolic links" in the preferences is ticked. See Mr. Schulze's answer. – PerlDuck Nov 14 '18 at 19:24
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    @PerlDuck ah, I see. Mine was already checked on :-) – heynnema Nov 14 '18 at 19:28

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