In Nautilus 3.2.1 on Ubuntu 11.10, Shouldn't Ctrl-L Toggle Location and Path Bar

Asked by Neal Gamradt

In Nautilus 3.2.1 on Ubuntu 11.10, you can use Ctrl-L to display the text-based location bar instead of the path bar (button view). However, if you hit Ctrl-L a second time, it doesn't toggle you back to the path bar from the location bar. I am fairly sure this toggle used to work in older versions. It there a different shortcut that should be used?

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Best rod singleton (rod40cool) said :

Neal the answer is hit the ESC key. I could have sworn you were right but I just found this old post from Lucid days and what do you know it works in Oneiric too.

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Neal Gamradt (ngamradt-d) said :

Though I still feel that Ctrl-L should be a toggle, ESC does work, so I guess this does solve my main issue. It just seemed crazy that you would have to close and reopen the window to switch back to the path bar, so I am very happy to know there is one way to get it to switch back.

I do find it odd that the "/" option no longer works either, but I didn't really use that, so I won't make a big deal about it.

Thanks Rod

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VladimirCZ (vlabla) said :

That is really stupid. Nobody expects ESC, but everybody tries Ctrl-L as a toggle. Are Nautilus developers systematically against common sense?

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rod singleton (rod40cool) said :

VladimirCZ I don't disagree with you. It is a bit naff to have one shortcut to enable it and another to disable. Maybe they could include a section in the help "Ubuntu Desktop Guide" for Natilus shortcuts - I notice there is no section for shortcuts in Nautilus at all yet there are several. Or better still add an item in the 'View' menu -> 'Show path bar'.

The problem I've found is that unless you click your mouse in the path location when you hit ESC it does nothing anyway. So actually that's a bug I think. Try it and see. Hit Ctrl-L then click on a folder lower down and then try hitting ESC to remove the path.