Add Backspace Functionality to Nautilus

Fixing all the hard work of the GNOME developers…

For some reason, the backspace key does not go back to the last folder in Nautilus (even though this works in just about every other program). Here’s how to add it back. Note, this works for Nautilus > 3.6. To add the backspace functionality is quite simple. Just add the following line:

(gtk_accel_path "/ShellActions/Up" "BackSpace")

to the end of the


file, and then restart nautilus with:

killall nautilus

There you go! Should be working now.

Joshua Taillon
Materials Data Scientist

A materials research scientist at NIST interested in scientific data curation, AI for materials research, and baking bread.

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