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.

  • @cl-netbox No problem. The question is search-able anyway :) – N0rbert Aug 14 '18 at 14:38

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

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  • What version of Nautilus it is? – Anwar Oct 29 '16 at 13:32
  • Can't find the option on Nautilu 1:3.18.5-0ubuntu1~xenial1 – Diogo Gomes Aug 16 '17 at 15:48
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    FYI - Although this option is selected, the context menu still does not appear. – The Coordinator Nov 18 '17 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. :-) – Paul Benson Sep 25 '18 at 18:03

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