I would like to associate a specific action in Nautilus (namely 'Open in Terminal') with a keyboard shortcut so that I don't have to use the mouse to open the current working directory in a new terminal.

The official documentation (see section Change keyboard shortcuts) states that this is possible and gives instructions on how to achieve it, but I can't get it to work. Please see the following image to better understand what I am trying to achieve:

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I would like to assign a keyboard shortcut to the last item in the context menu, but the method described in the official documentation doesn't seem to work for me. Is there a secret to making it work?

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    Unfortunately gtk accels is completely broken in gnome 3.16 (I mean for all apps: gedit, nautilus etc...). In theory, you should be able to customize the shortcuts via ~/.config/nautilus/accels e.g. to assign Alt+F5 to open-terminal you should have a line like: (gtk_accel_path "<Actions>/ExtensionsMenuGroup/TerminalNautilus:OpenFolderLocal" "<Alt>F5") (note there's no leading ;). Alas, it no longer works... Commented May 20, 2015 at 20:41
  • What a pity! Yes, I already encountered the configuration file you mentioned, but changing it didn't have any effect on the accelerators. Hopefully the next Gnome will fix this quite annoying issue.
    – zepp133
    Commented Jun 17, 2015 at 7:02

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As pointed out by don_crissti, keyboard accelerators at present are defective in Gnome Shell. I will file a bug in Gnome's Bugzilla in the unlikely case that nobody has done so yet.

  • Well, if you haven't already filed a bug report... it's not a bug. See this commit. Commented Nov 13, 2015 at 1:10

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