When Gnome Files (nautilus) is in list view I sometimes still want to open the right-click menu that otherwise appears when you right-click into the empty space of a folder. (The one that lets you open the terminal etc.) Is that somehow possible?

Here a screenshot of the current situation: Where the menu of the corresponding file opens.

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You can get the right-click menu relative to the folder by right-clicking the folder in the "breadcrumbs" header.

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    Ctrl+F10 also will reveal the right-click menu of the folder at any time. – vanadium Nov 19 '19 at 10:06
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    @ToDo does that need some particular setting? I only actually tried it now, but i just get the following items upon the right-click in the breadcrumbs: "Open in new Tab", "Open in new Window", "Properties" – flawr Nov 22 '19 at 7:56
  • @vanadium Please add that as an own answer! – flawr Nov 22 '19 at 7:57
  • I didn't modify any setting to enable extra menu items. – To Do Nov 22 '19 at 8:30

The problem is that you are selecting a file while right-clicking so the right click applies to the file then selected. I see two ways to deal with the matter:

if your folder has not too many files, you can actually right click somewhere at the bottom of the list where there isn't any file.

If you're folder is 'full of files' (no empty space at the end of the list of files), then you can always go with keyboard shortcuts:

  • if a file is selected, you can press F5 to deselect it (there should be probably many other ways to do this).
  • Then for right clicking without selecting any file, press Shift + F10
  • I didn't know about these shortcuts, thank you! – flawr Nov 19 '19 at 9:26

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