Sunday, November 20, 2011

f16 nautilus location bar

In Fedora 16, I wanted to set Nautilus to always set the location bar to use text input, instead of the default behavior, which looks like this:

To do it temporarily, you can click Go > Location, or press ctrl+L. To make the change permanent, the following command works:

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

This can also be accomplished via dconf-editor, but that app seems kinda buggy in Fedora 16. When I open dconf-editor from the menu, then go to org>gnome>nautilus>preferences, the keys aren't visible:

I had to click on the windows's min/max button to get the keys to show up:

 Then I'm able to select "always-use-location-entry." Here's the resulting view in Nautilus:

Note: These instructions are for Nautilus in GNOME 3. If you're using GNOME 2.30 (in Ubuntu 10.04, for example), you can do the same thing by opening to gconf-editor and navigating to apps > nautilus > preferences and selecting "always_use_location_entry."

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