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I want to make it so that nautilus requires me to press a key combination to delete files - so that I do not accidentally delete files on a network share with no confirmation again.

Ideally I would make the behavior identical to OSX's Finder, so that I press ctrl+backspace to delete files.

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By default nautilus does ask for conformation before removing local or remote files. To bypass this one uses SHIFT-DEL.

If you accidentally disabled this, you can re-enable it in the nautilus preferences. In any nautilus window: Edit -> Preferences -> Behavior -> "Ask before ...".

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It was and is not disabled, and I do not get any confirmation when deleting files. They go straight to trash. (or if a network file, they are 'permanently' deleted) – Alex Mar 9 '10 at 6:33
Simply: The answer given is wrong. Checking "Ask before ..." only refers to the process of emptying the trash. But the issue here is asking before a file is put to the trash. – user98610 Sep 21 '11 at 11:44

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