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By default, the "File Open" dialog resembles:

Example Open Dialog


More often than not, my first interaction with this dialog is to click the pencil icon to reveal the path. I then paste the path from my terminal window (pwd), which is often many times faster than clicking around within the open dialog to get to the same path.


How do you make the location input field in the "File Open" dialog always be displayed, regardless of the application (e.g., GIMP, Inkscape, and other applications)?


marked as duplicate by Eric Carvalho, Thomas Ward, Kevin Bowen, Basharat Sialvi, user25656 Apr 9 '13 at 3:22

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Display path once

From the breadcrumb view in both Nautilus (top), and Thunar (bottom) we can temporarily disable breadcrumb view by pressing Ctrl + L:

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The path will aready be selected ready for copy & paste.

Disable Nautilus breadcrumbs

We can set the default behaviour for Nautilus using dconf-editor when dconf-tools Install dconf-tools are installed. Browse to org.gnome.nautilus.preferences and tick always-use-location-entry to display the path rather than the breadcrumbs view:

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Alternatively you can simply execute this command in a terminal:

gsettings set org.gnome.nautilus.preferences always-use-location-entry true

After that Nautilus will display the current location in a path view:

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The file selector will then also have the additional line to add the path which also will be shown on Ctrl + L or clicking the pencil (see above):

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Untick the option to switch back to breadcrumb view.

For older Ubuntu releases using gconf-editor browse to apps -> nautilus -> preferences and untick always_use_location_entry (see this question).

To my knowledge we can't change the default behaviour in Thunar.

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