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How can I delete a file pressing only "delete" key? (In Gnome 3.6)

asked 2013-01-01 20:08:40 -0600

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updated 2014-09-28 08:44:25 -0600

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Hello. On earlier versions of Gnome it was fairly trivial to restore the sane default of deleting things when the delete key was pressed, instead of having to press ctrl+delete. Unfortunately, it required using nautilus and the 'can change accels' dconf key. Now that nautilus has been replaced with Files and its edit menu removed, I need to find a new way to change the delete function.

I've also changed the file ~/.gnome2/accels without success

Many thanks

P.D: When I say "delete" I mean "move to trash"

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answered 2013-01-25 07:24:20 -0600

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updated 2013-01-25 10:29:56 -0600

hhlp gravatar image

I have posted a solution here:

I didn't see your question before, sorry.

If you want to press only the delete key in Nautilus 3.6 in order to delete files, and not the combination ctrl+delete, then you have to edit the following file in your home directory, for example using vim:

$ vim ~/.config/nautilus/accels

and replace this line (number 5 in my case):

; (gtk_accel_path "<Actions>/DirViewActions/Trash" "<Primary>Delete")

by this one:

(gtk_accel_path "<Actions>/DirViewActions/Trash" "Delete")

Then restart Nautilus and press del key as always to delete any file :)


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It works perfectly for me using Nautilus 3.6.3. Please do exactly as I indicate in my post above and restart Nautilus after the changes have been made. Good luck :)

skytux gravatar imageskytux ( 2013-01-27 18:03:14 -0600 )edit

@q2dg you don't need to change the topic as solved, you only have to do it, is mark the answer as solved an credit goes to @skytux :) thx.

hhlp gravatar imagehhlp ( 2013-01-28 05:53:34 -0600 )edit

I have edited the specifed line but I don't know how I can save the edition.

tareq gravatar imagetareq ( 2013-05-14 13:02:16 -0600 )edit

@tareq: it depends on the editor you are using

skytux gravatar imageskytux ( 2013-05-14 13:15:54 -0600 )edit

using vim: esc + :wq + enter

skytux gravatar imageskytux ( 2013-05-14 13:18:44 -0600 )edit

answered 2013-01-02 18:41:32 -0600

LonelySpooky gravatar image

Run dconf-editor, and open: org -> gnome -> desktop -> interface Enable "can-change-accels". Open nautilus, select any file/directory, then click "Edit" from menubar, and hover on "Move to Trash" menuitem. While hovering, click on your delete key. The accel should change from "cntrl+del" to "del". Make sure you have selected a file, else the "Move to Trash" menuitem will be greyed out. I suggest you disable "can-change-accels" afterwards, to prevent accidental accel changes.


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