copy paste doesn't work but dragging does

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copy paste doesn't work but dragging does

Post by cybervigilante » Wed Apr 18, 2018 8:22 pm

When I copy something from Downloads there is no entry to paste into my thumb drive, yet I can drag it there. I don't get it.

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Re: copy paste doesn't work but dragging does

Post by AZgl1500 » Wed Apr 18, 2018 9:10 pm

I have noticed that Mint 18.3 does NOT treat "copy/paste" the same way every where.

sometimes I do a Right Click Copy and then I do a paste somewhere, and it pastes the PREVIOUSLY copied content .. what the heck is going on here???

So, I have started copying everything via the keyboard, Control-c
and then opening a folder for where it is to go, and then do Control-v

that seems to work "most of the time".

I do NOT like to use a mouse, Drag 'n Drop are abhorrent to me. :evil:

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Re: copy paste doesn't work but dragging does

Post by Mattyboy » Wed Apr 18, 2018 10:05 pm

I use the middle mouse key to grab and drag ( a question mark will appear ) release the key in desired location and left click the option.

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Re: copy paste doesn't work but dragging does

Post by Cosmo. » Thu Apr 19, 2018 5:26 am

cybervigilante wrote:
Wed Apr 18, 2018 8:22 pm
When I copy something from Downloads there is no entry to paste into my thumb drive, yet I can drag it there.
Possibly you did a right click in the folder pane, but you did it on an existing object, not on an empty place. You find the command for pasting also in the edit menu.

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Re: copy paste doesn't work but dragging does

Post by cybervigilante » Sat Apr 21, 2018 9:47 pm

Paste under Edit is grayed out. That's not the problem. For some reason dragging works but copy/paste doesn't. I even tried taking ownership of the downloaded file but no luck.

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Re: copy paste doesn't work but dragging does

Post by Cosmo. » Sun Apr 22, 2018 5:39 am

If paste is grayed out, than there has not been any useful content be copied into the clipboard.

If we would know anything about your system, we could also give some more advice, but you did not provide the least.
What is your version of Mint and what is the desktop environment? Which kernel and which architecture? If you don't know open a terminal and enter:

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Re: copy paste doesn't work but dragging does

Post by cybervigilante » Mon Apr 23, 2018 8:57 pm

Here's my current system. But this has happened on two different computers I put Mint 18.3 on.

System: Host: jim-Aspire-XC-603G Kernel: 4.13.0-38-generic x86_64 (64 bit gcc: 5.4.0)
Desktop: Cinnamon 3.6.7 (Gtk 3.18.9-1ubuntu3.3) dm: lightdm
Distro: Linux Mint 18.3 Sylvia

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Re: copy paste doesn't work but dragging does

Post by Cosmo. » Tue Apr 24, 2018 5:22 am

Mark in the file manager any object (doesn't matter which). You will see right to the top most command a + sign. Click it; the context menu will now get enhanced. If you now have to copy or move anything, open in the file manager a second pane (F3 does this) and display in one pane the source folder, in the other pane the target. Now right click the object to transfer, select the sub-menu for copy to and select there "other pane".

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Re: copy paste doesn't work but dragging does

Post by sbroccolo » Wed Apr 25, 2018 1:59 am

If your target directory is in List mode rather than Icon mode it may be difficult to Copy and Paste while a drag and drop will still work.
Switching to Icon mode in the target directory will give you a blank spot to paste a file you have previously marked with right-click and copy.
Another option to try is, while dragging and dropping, hold the ctrl key down. You will see a little "+" indicating it is going to make a copy and not move it.

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