[Thunar-dev] Middle click drag to move files

Sebastian daeluin at skizzers.org
Tue Apr 25 23:21:05 CEST 2006

I'm glad we follow the standard GTK way of doing this, but it's been 
bothering me for a while. Do people really copy files more often than 
they move them?

Generally I only copy file when I'm backing them up, and  ninety percent 
of the time I'm moving them - into a folder I just made for better 
organization, to another hard drive with more free space, etc. Wouldn't 
it make sense if the default was move and you held shift to make a copy?

Or do other people copy files more often?


Aaron wrote:
> On 4/25/06, Anders Conbere <aconbere at gmail.com> wrote:
>>Ooop, shift drag will work just fine for me.  Thanks :)
>>~ Anders
>>On Tue, 2006-25-04 at 19:20 +0200, Benedikt Meurer wrote:
>>>anders conbere wrote:
>>>>Something I've always appreciated about Rox was the simplicity by which you
>>>>could preform basic file management tasks.  In many ways Thunar has done a
>>>>great job of achieving these same ends.
>>>>Something I've somewhat been bothered by however is the difficulty in moving
>>>>files.  Which as far as I can tell one can only do by cutting and pasting
>>>>the files from one folder to the next.
>>>>In Rox I would use the middle click and drag function to move my files from
>>>>folder to folder.  This coupled with the folders springing open meant I
>>>>could do most of my file management without ever opening a context menu.
>>>>I'm not sure if this has been suggested yet or thought about, but I haven't
>>>>seen it float by the mailing list.
>>>>Anyways thanks for all the hard work.
>>>Thunar provides the standard GTK mechanims for DnD move, holding down
>>>Shift while moving the files. In addition, you can also use the windows
>>>explorer like right-click drag to open the context menu on the drag target.
>>>> ~Anders
> acctaully, i think thats a good idea. i was moving some files, and
> shift click was just seeming a bit out of the way, but so is middle
> clicking everything...

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