After upgrading to 11.10, Nautilus is only giving me a text-only location box to select files. How can I get the toolbar (with the "up to parent", "home", etc buttons) back? Or failing that, is there a way to switch to breadcrumb mode?

I have already tried changing my gconf preferences for nautilus -- always_use_location_entry and start_with_location_bar are disabled, and start_with_toolbar is enabled.


Nautilus no longer uses GConf to store its settings, it instead uses the newer DConf.

To edit DConf settings install the dconf-toolsInstall dconf-tools package and then open dconf Editor:

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The key you are looking for is org ➜ gnome ➜ nautilus ➜ preferences ➜ always-use-location-entry. Make sure it is unchecked:

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I set always-use-location-entry to false in dconf-editor and the location entry still persists. I got no bread crumb buttons.

The solution I found was that you have to set always-use-location-entry to false in BOTH gconf-editor AND dconf-editor.

If either one of these has always-use-location-entry set to true, it will fail.

For gconf-editor it is found under apps>nautilus>preferences

See Alvin Row's answer for how to change the setting in dconf-editor


I had to install dconf-tools and change setting 'always-use-location-entry' in org.gnome.nautilus.preferences to False via dconf-editor. Changing the same entry in apps.nautilus.preferences with gconf-editor didn't help.

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