Open terminal using ‘F4’ in Nautilus…

You can make Nautilus open the current directory in an external terminal using the ‘F4’ key by modifying the accel key. To do this, simply install ‘dconf’-tools and ‘nautilus-open-in-terminal’:

$ sudo apt-get install nautilus-open-terminal
$ sudo apt-get install dconf-tools

Now that you have dconf installed, open it and then navigate to ‘/org/gnome/desktop/interface’. Change the ‘can-change-accels’ value to true by placing a check mark in the box next to it.

Now open Nautilus and hover over the ‘Open In Terminal’ item on the file menu. Type ‘F4’. You should see the new accel key displayed beside the item in the menu at this point. Restart Nautilus to make sure the changes took effect:

$ nautilus -q

Open a new Nautilus window and ensure the accel key still exists on the menu. If it does not, you may have to create the folder ‘~/.gnome2/accels/’ and repeat the procedure.

Now go back to dconf and uncheck the box beside ‘can-change-accels’ to disable it so that you don’t accidentally change any others while navigating the menus.

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