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Is there some way that Nautilus can be made to select multiple files as a Rectangle-select action of the mouse (Lassoo style) in the list view? Compact and Icons view work ok.

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I don't understand the question. You can already do that in Nautilus with the default configuration. Or I may have misunderstand something. – Nyamiou The Galeanthrope Nov 5 '10 at 8:03
Thanks.. that probably means I have changed something unknowingly.. I'll test it na a VM – Peter.O Nov 5 '10 at 8:49
@Nayamiou: This issue only applies to List View.. I never use any other view... (but, yes, it does work in Icon and Compact view)... I'll add this bit of extra information into my question). – Peter.O Nov 5 '10 at 8:55
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I don't think this is possible because of the nature of this view.

However: to select multiple files I suggest you learn the Shift keyboard shortcut for selecting files "in a row" and Ctrl for selecting individual files "all over the place" as it were. You'll quickly pick these up.

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. Thanks. Maybe it is not "fixable" but it is a bit of a surprise, seeing it can do it in the other two views.. but perhaps it is because there is no neutral ground where the first click can start from without effecting the dran-n-drop.... Actually, I haven't noticed it until today, because I'm an avid "prefer-the-keyboard" user, but this is one of the few places I actually like to experience the mouse... Ah.. c'est la vie.. I'll hold off a bit for now, somoene may pull a rabbit out of the hat.. :) (the mouse is good for scrolling, no doubt about that) – Peter.O Nov 5 '10 at 9:24
"I don't think this is possible because of the nature of this view.", just want to point out that Dolphin is more than capable of doing this in its own List (Detailed) view. – Gabriel Aug 5 '12 at 3:08

See this upstream bug report.

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Okay.. That's intersting... it is the Drag-n-Drop... I almost never use DnD, and when I do it is usually accidently... I wonder if it is possible to turn off DnD ?.. preferably only for Nautilus... (Lasoo-selection may still not work, but it may) – Peter.O Nov 5 '10 at 9:45

This is a highly commented bug (see bug report link from htorque above) for which it appears a Nautilus developer is active in.

However it seems it is not a bug that is likely to be resolved anytime soon, this is a dissapointing shock that the Gnome file manager is crippled in what seems a basic function!

There appears to be a preliminary Patch fix

but I have no idea how to use it!

It is a shame that such a condesending response has been given (above by fluteflute) when clearly there is a genuine issue with Nautilus, I guess using Thunar is another possible alternitive as lassoo selection in List View in Thunar (and probably other File managers too)

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