Enable Nautilus Location Entry in Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin)

By default, this feature is disabled when you installed Ubuntu. The location entry in nautilus lets you use the location box to go to a folder by typing it instead of using to mouse to open one folder at a time until you reach your destination.

This can come in handy if you need to quickly go to a particular location in nautilus without individually opening each folder. This brief tutorial is going to show you how to turn it on in Ubuntu 12.04.


  • Enable Always use location entry in Ubuntu 12.04
  • Enjoy!

To get started, press Ctrl – Alt – T on your keyboard to open Terminal. When it opens, run the commands below to turn it on.

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




You should immediately see the change when you open nautilus.





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