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Thread: How do I copy the current path/filename in File Manager?

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    How do I copy the current path/filename in File Manager?

    Question is as in the title.
    How do I quickly copy the current path in File Manager?

    I resort to some pretty silly ways.
    Like clicking properties on a directory/file and then I can copy the 'parent folder' field.

    In windows at the top of windows explorer, the path is selectable as text. I'm sure there must be an easier way.
    I keep reading about context aware copying and pasting.
    Maybe I'm just doing it wrong. But I just want to copy the path to say gedit to save a note or something.

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    Re: How do I copy the current path/filename in File Manager?

    In most file browsers hitting Ctrl-L will bring up the location bar.

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    Re: How do I copy the current path/filename in File Manager?

    My File Manager (Thunar) has a space in the upper window that shows the folder/directory location. All that needs to be done is highlight the folder then Ctrl-C to copy. Refer to attachment.
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    Re: How do I copy the current path/filename in File Manager?

    Quote Originally Posted by CatKiller View Post
    In most file browsers hitting Ctrl-L will bring up the location bar.
    That did it. Ctrl-L.
    Just for the record, I was talking of the standard ubuntu gnome file-manager (nautilis)

    I found this open in dconf-editor that makes it a permanent address bar that you can copy and paste.
    I'm not sure if it's better for usability, but ill play with it.

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

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    Re: How do I copy the current path/filename in File Manager?

    Also in nautilus, you can press Ctrl+L to display and focus the path bar. thus, a Ctrl+L Ctrl+C will copy the pathname of the current folder. In the version of nautilus that ships with 18.04, the clipboard contains the pathname of the selected file(s) if you hit Ctrl+C. That is broken in more recent nautilus versions (in particular nautilus 3.34 that comes with Ubuntu 19.10).

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