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On the Xfce 12.10 desktop drag&drop to move files into a folder would copy them instead of moving (cut/paste) them.

I tend to have many files on the desktop and usually I grab them and put them in a folder for further use etc. I want to be able to do this by drag&drop, but at the present drag&drop makes a duplicate of them in that folder without removing them from their previous location.

In Xfce I use the default Thunar, and it handles the desktop.

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Are you using Nautilus? –  Mitch May 27 '13 at 12:21
    
@Mitch - I do not (and will not). I use Thunar. –  cipricus May 27 '13 at 12:33
    
Thunar version? –  user25656 May 27 '13 at 12:38
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Shift+drag works to move; plain drag just copies. This is with Thunar 1.6.2 and xfdesktop4 (on Lubuntu). –  user25656 May 27 '13 at 12:41
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1.6.2 is what I got when I did sudo apt-get install thunar. I don't know about whether copy/move is customizable. Also, I won't go down that road myself because I don't know what else may be affected. I like it the way it is because having to press "shift" makes it less likely to do something by mistake. –  user25656 May 27 '13 at 15:08

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I hope that this is what you want.

Well in Thunar , highlight all the files that you want to move, drag them with the right mouse button, and that will give you a pop up menu, that gives you the option to Move

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Also you can use the Shift, while dragging the files, and that will also move them.

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i don't know if i made myself clear but i want this action on the desktop proper - not in a thunar window inside a folder. (i am not sure what the correct term is for the 'desktop' as seen when opening the system, but that was what i meant by saying "on Xfce desktop", instead of "in Xfce desktop environment"). also, i cannot see the menu popup on the desktop or in a thunar window. there is no difference between left and right click dragging. but 'shift' does it –  cipricus May 27 '13 at 13:01

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