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In Windows, if I'm dragging a file or a piece of text and I want to want to drop it into a window that's currently not in the foreground I can simply hover over that window on the task bar and the appropriate window will come to the foreground. I just tried doing this on Ubuntu and it didn't work. Is there a way around this?

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You can press and hold the file with mouse click and then press Ctrl+Tab to bring that windows to foreground. If you have Nautilus 3.4.2 or older, press F3 and then drag and drop file from one pane to other pane.

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This works for moving files between tabs in Nautilus, but not for (for example) dragging a file from a maximized Nautilus window into my browser. (…) – Ajedi32 Nov 26 '14 at 18:14

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