There is no way I can type/paste a file path when I use some Open File dialog:

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There is not right click option or anything. I use linux Mint XFCE 19.1:

linux@linux:~$ uname -a
Linux linux 4.15.0-20-generic #21-Ubuntu SMP Tue Apr 24 06:16:15 UTC 2018 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

I had installed nemo and set it as the default file manager, then I uninstalled, but the Open File Dialog still does not allow me to type the file path.


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If the file dialog is based on the Gnome toolkit (Gtk), then you should be able to toggle the location popup using keyboard shortcut Ctrl+L

See GtkFileChooserWidget: The “location-popup” signal

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    BTW Ctrl+L is also used in Nautilus and some other file browsers. Mar 15, 2019 at 3:13
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    Plasma KDE Open Folder dialog works the same. Thanks for sharing! How is the best method to discover these features?
    – LogoS
    Mar 17, 2021 at 13:39
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    @LogoS the best method to discover these features is right here :-/ Oct 17, 2021 at 12:26
  • it's 2023, and we still need to google for things like this. I mean: I have a dialog box and the file path in the buffer, i want to pick that file, but the "Open File" dialog doesn't have any tips on how to to that.. Sometimes we need a useful UI, not only "beautiful". By the way, thanks for <kbd>ctrl</kbd>+<kbd>L</kbd>!! Jul 20, 2023 at 19:09

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