I want to be able to "open in terminal" from any directory.

I have the nautilus-open-terminal package installed

I'm not sure what the problem is exactly: when there's only a couple of items in a directory I can just right-click in the empty space, see the context menu, and click "Open in Terminal".

But if there's enough items to create a scroll bar there's nowhere to right click for the current directory.

If I right click on the breadcrumbs I don't see "open in terminal". The same happens when I look at the "File" menu.

This means that if there's a scrollbar there's no way to open a terminal in the current directory - I need to go up a directory, find the directory I was just in, and right click on that to open a terminal.

If there's no way around this it would be just as good to have a key combo to open a terminal in the current directory (ctrl-alt-t opens a terminal in my home directory).

Thanks for your help!

edit: I'm using list view

  • did my answer solved your problem? if yes please accept, if not please let me know the problem – Edward Torvalds Jun 29 '18 at 9:50
  • @edwardtorvalds it's not very convenient, and the 'menu' key in your image doesn't work for me - I have to use shift-f10. Swapping from mouse to keyboard and back to mouse isn't efficient. In Nautilus 3.26 there's an 'icon view' icon in the menu bar, so I toggle using that, right click in an empty space, then switch back to list view when I'm done. – david_nash Jul 8 '18 at 22:32

Go to the directory where you want to open in terminal. Make sure your cursor in inside in window (where files are displayed). If a file is selected, press the Ctrl + Space to deselect it. Then press Option key.

Keyboard with the option key highlighted

Then context menu pops up. Now you can select the open in terminal option.

  • He's probably using list view where it's hard not to have a file selected when the view is full – doug Nov 17 '14 at 0:49
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    @david_nash i reported to canonical. we cant do any thing in this matter. better using icon view – Edward Torvalds Nov 19 '14 at 3:02
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    I don't have that keyboard key. – Laurent Feb 9 '16 at 4:42
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    @Laurent Me too. Just use Shift+F10 instead. – user502144 Aug 1 '17 at 13:10
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    If a file is already selected try to use Ctrl+Space. I don't know if it is a universal solution, but it works for me in Ubuntu 17.04. – user502144 Aug 1 '17 at 13:39

I know, this is not a real answer to the question.
But it is an alternative to achieve what OP requests as Nautilus does not natively offer a solution:

Use Nemo.

There you can add a button in the Toolbar to open Terminal in current folder.

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More on Nemo:

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