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Backspace Key is not working as a Back button in Nautilus 3.6.2 File Manager | Solved

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The latest stable version of Nautilus file manager 3.6.2 which is available on Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail, it does not support the “Backspace” key as a “Back” button function. So, check down below the alternative keys or how to retrieve the “Backspace” shortcut key.

As a part of the recent changes to Gnome Nautilus file manager, Many of features we used to have in earlier release is no longer available like the “Backspace” shortcut key for going back to previous visited location. This issue has been reported as a bug Here, and the importance of this bug is set as LOW priority! Anyway we found a unofficial bug fix for this issue. Before we go with this process, check the new shortcut keys.

Nautilus backspace key

The new Shortcut for the “Previous” and “Next” locations

This is the new shortcut keys

Hold ALT + Right or Left Arrow keys.

[How To]: Retrieve the “Backspace” key

This process won’t deactivate the new shortcut keys mentioned up here, it will only add additional shortcut key for Nautilus file manager.

Run Terminal, then open this path,

cd ~/.config/nautilus/

Then open “accels” file using “Nano” or “Gedit text editors and add this line.

 (gtk_accel_path “<Actions>/ShellActions/Up” “BackSpace”)

Nano text editor

nano accels

or Gedit text editor

gedit accels

Finally, save the file and quit nautilus file manager using “nautilus -q”.

That’s it for now.

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