[Solved] Drag and drop not working in Ubuntu 19.04

Posted on March 12, 2020

[Solved] Drag and drop not working in Ubuntu 19.04

Dragging and dropping files from the file manager to different applications is an awesome functionality that makes work easier and that saves time. This may include uploading files to a website or opening them with their respective applications such as image editors(images), text-editor(code files eg. php, html files), video player(videos & audios) etc.

However, you may get frustrated when you migrate to Ubuntu 19.04 or a later version for there has been a known issue with drag and drop feature. I personally experienced this issue when I migrated from Linux Mint 17.3 to Ubuntu 19.04. The problem is that when you drag a file or files from the file manager over to an application icon in taskbar, that application does not open to allow you to drop files in to it.

After a lot of stress and research on how to resolve the issue(which didn’t really work in my case), I figured a very easy way to still do it.

Here is the solution:

Note: I made the screenshots used in here later in Ubuntu 20.04 but the functionality is still the same for Ubuntu 19.04.

  1. Left-click on the file that you want to drag(or select the files and left-click on them if they are several) and hold the left-click button.
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  3. Press the ALT key and keep holding on it too. Press the TAB key, a pop-up will appear on the screen with a list of all open applications
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  5. Navigate through these applications by pressing and releasing the TAB key while still holding the left-click button and ALT key

  6. Once your application of choice is selected, release both ALT and TAB keys and drag the files to the desired section of the active application.
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  8. You can now release the left-click button just as you would with the normal dragging.
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That’s it.. we are done.

This may seem like a lot of work initially but you will get used to it very fast.

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