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On Microsoft Windows, I right-click on the file and choose "Copy". I place my cursor on the target directory, right-click on it and choose "Paste". The file will be copied to the target folder.

It seems that Ubuntu 12.10 does not have this function.

Is there a workaround?

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How are you trying to do the copy?. This is quite standard stuff and should work as you described. – Javier Rivera Mar 22 '13 at 9:09
@JavierRivera permissions ... permissions ... you can not paste if user does not own the disc in some fashion. – Rinzwind Mar 22 '13 at 9:13
@ Rinzwind: It's my own home computer. – n00b Mar 22 '13 at 11:02
@Rinzwind: But there still is a paste option in Nautilus, it's just disabled (greyed out). And the copy option is enabled. There must be something more there with OP. – Javier Rivera Mar 22 '13 at 12:16
Greyed out has 2 reasons: - there is nothing to copy (ie. nothing selected). - user is not allowed to copy to that destination. – Rinzwind Mar 22 '13 at 12:42

It seems that Ubuntu 12.10 does not have this function.

Yes, it does. In exactly the same way. Example image:

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It shows both cut (move) and copy as options. Paste is added/highlighted when you have something to paste:

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The only reservations I have with this:

  • You need to have permissions to use the location you want to move/copy files to. If you do not you need to have the admin of that system open that location for that user.

Is there a workaround?

No and not needed either.

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@ Rinzwind: It's my own home computer. – n00b Mar 22 '13 at 11:02
Cool :-) but still: you are a user of that system. but the destination can still be owned by your admin and not you as a user. Can you edit your question and add in images like I did? And maybe check if you own the destination (/are allowed to use it). The answer to this you can add to the questions (comments get removed so those are not good for that ;) ) – Rinzwind Mar 22 '13 at 11:04
@ Rinzwind: I don't have "Nau-T" option when I right-click on the file to be moved/copied. What happened? – n00b Mar 22 '13 at 11:05
@noob that is a custom script probably. It is not important for your questions (that image is just to show that there is a copy command) – Rinzwind Mar 22 '13 at 11:06
@ Rinzwind: How do I add images? and how do I check if I own the destination? Any sudo commands that I need to issue? – n00b Mar 22 '13 at 11:06

My 12.10 installation using session fall back desktop environment provides these option once a file is selected and right-click on that file Nautilis Applications | Accessories | ScreenShot is available to aid taking screen shots

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