Nautilus File Manager: Show Address Bar With Full Path

The following guide will show you how to change your Nautilus file manager address bar from click-able breadcrumbs into an actual address bar displaying the full working path (similar to Windows or a web browser).

This guide should work for any of the following desktop environments and even possibly others that are using Nautilus as their file manager:

  • Gnome Shell
  • Unity
  • Mate
  • Cinnamon

Make Nautilus Address Bar Show Full Path As Text

To get a real address bar you only need to run this command, note that you do not need to run this as a sudo command because we are doing this for your account only and not the root account.

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

Nautilus File Manager: Show Address Bar With Full Path

Revert Nautilus Address Bar To Click-able Breadcrumbs

If you would like to change it back to click-able breadcrumbs we will use the same command again but simply change true to false.

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

Nautilus File Manager: Show Address Bar With Full Path

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