I’m not sure when the little pencil icon disappeared from the Nautilus window. In Windows 7, I love being able to edit the path in the window to jump anywhere in the system quickly. This is even more useful in Linux actually because there are loads of hidden folders you cannot get to unless you jump there directly. You’d think the Ubuntu equivalent to Windows Explorer would offer this feature in a more obvious way.
When I look at my home directory,
/home/ryan, all I see is the two buttons in the path that make up those directories. That’s great because I can jump between the levels easily, but it doesn’t allow me to jump anywhere else outside that hierarchy.
Luckily, you can hand type a path in place of those jumping navigation buttons easily. Simply use
CTRL + L. This will transition the buttons to an input box where you can easily type out any path you want. It’ll even attempt to auto-complete for you just as if you were running in the terminal. When you’re ready to jump, hit enter and off you go. I demonstrated above how I navigated with the by hand editor to jump to my
/home/ryan/.config folder which is normally hidden from display.
That’s all there is to typing paths by hand in Nautilus on Ubuntu!