Unfortunately, Gnome's address bar is not showing the full path in its top bar. How can I change this behavior?

I'm looking for a solution to display a editable text field instead, like in the good old days.

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Press Ctl and while holding it down, press L.

To return to the original breadcrumb view, make sure that the editable text area has the focus then press the Esc key.

To make it permanent (i.e. to always use location entry) run:

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


dconf write /org/gnome/nautilus/preferences/always-use-location-entry true

Same commands to revert to breadcrumbs (just replace true with false).

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    Awesome, the dconf command worked for me, I'm using Unity on Ubuntu 16.04 Commented Nov 21, 2017 at 19:16
  • The dconf command worked for me as well, on Redhat.
    – AllisonC
    Commented May 9, 2019 at 12:33
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    this is a great answer. But come on Nautilus, this is esoteric just for the sake of it. ...add a toggle button!
    – Pancho
    Commented May 27, 2019 at 16:37
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    (and i know a little off topic but Nautilus adding "right click over menu breadcrumbs=> copy path to "selected breadcrumb depth" menu option I think would a sensible feature also) :)
    – Pancho
    Commented May 27, 2019 at 16:47
  • How to do it for Open/Save dialogs?
    – obe
    Commented Oct 9, 2020 at 19:32

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