One of the reasons why I sometimes envy Windows users is that under Windows, most applications use the native file chooser, which is quite usable.
Under Linux, this depends on the toolkit. For Qt/KDE programs, I get something reasonable with a user interface I understand. However, for GTK programs (e. g. Thunderbird), I get this abomination:
There are two things that make it an absolute pain for me to use:
- The address line at the top is not editable. So I cannot quickly type or paste a path like in other file choosers. Sometimes with these breadcrumb-style navigation bars, you can click in the empty area of the line to get a simple text input instead, but this doesn't work here. Also, there's no context menu if I right click anywhere.
- If I just type some letters, I expect to jump to the first file in the current view that starts with these letters. The GTK dialog instead thinks it has to do a recursive search for the typed text. For me, this usually takes too long and it's also not helpful in many situations.
I would like to know there is some trick to using this dialog that I'm not aware of. My usual use case is that I already know the full path and usually have it available for copy & pasting in an open terminal window.
Things that I'm not looking for:
- I know that you can add favorites to the left navigation bar, but to me that's just more work in managing them.
- I know that many programs allow you to specify a file to edit/open on the command line. I already do that whenever possible.
- Navigate file easily in Linux GUI Apps? is too generic and the GTK file chooser shown in one of the answers seems to be different from what I get.