I have upgraded from Ubuntu 16.04 LTS to Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. I was surprised to see that the context menu entry "Make Link" (keyboard shortcut Ctrl+M) in Nautilus doesn't seem to exist anymore. It used to appear upon right mouse click on a file or folder and allowed the user to create a symbolic link.

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    Aug 14, 2018 at 14:38

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This answer is suitable for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, since Ubuntu 16.10 the feature preference has changed. The feature still exists ... it just has to be activated. Open Nautilus and go to Preferences -> Behavior.

Enable the option "Show action to create symbolic links". Now you have the "Create Link" context menu entry in Nautilus ... Note : The keyboard shortcut changed from Ctrl+M to Ctrl+Shift+M.

Nautilus Preferences

  • What version of Nautilus it is?
    – Anwar
    Oct 29, 2016 at 13:32
  • Can't find the option on Nautilu 1:3.18.5-0ubuntu1~xenial1 Aug 16, 2017 at 15:48
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    FYI - Although this option is selected, the context menu still does not appear. Nov 18, 2017 at 18:36
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    I wish I'd known about that a few months ago. I had to set up a lot of symbolic links lately using ln. :-) Sep 25, 2018 at 18:03
  • In the latest version the shortcut for creating a link to the currently selected file is Ctrl+Shift+M while the shortcut to create a link to a copied file is Ctrl+M Dec 12, 2020 at 8:20

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