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The Gnome developers keep on removing features from Gnome such as the icons in menus and buttons and now the button to toggle the Nautilus location bar (also known as the path bar or address bar).

Up until Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx (Nautilus 2.30), you could easily toggle the location bar to text-only or buttons:

nautilus location bar state toggle button

But this toggle button is now gone from Nautilus:

nautilus 2.30 no toggle location bar

Here is a way to always use a text-based location bar. Simply paste this in a terminal:
gconftool-2 --type=Boolean --set /apps/nautilus/preferences/always_use_location_entry true

Now you'll have a text mode location bar in Nautilus 2.30 all the time:

nautilus location bar text mode

To switch back, paste this in a terminal:
gconftool-2 --type=Boolean --set /apps/nautilus/preferences/always_use_location_entry false

And here are also 2 tips for those who miss the Nautilus location bar toggle button: you can use if you don't want a permanent text mode location bar but occasionally need it: you can switch to a text location bar using Ctrl + L. To go back to a button style location bar, press the escape key. You can also toggle the Nautilus location bar to text-mode by pressing the "/" key and then start typing the location.
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