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I've installed Ubuntu 20.04 LTS on VMware® Workstation 15 Pro Version 15.5.2 build-15785246. The problem is that the drag and drop feature (From the host (Windows 10) to the guest (Ubuntu) on the VMware) doesn't work. I've tries the following two methods, but no success!

Method (1):

  1. sudo apt-get autoremove open-vm-tools
  2. Install VMware Tools by following the usual method (Virtual Machine --> Reinstall VMware Tools)
  3. Reboot the VM
  4. sudo apt-get install open-vm-tools
  5. sudo apt-get install open-vm-tools-desktop
  6. Reboot the VM

Method (2):

  1. Go into VM / Settings / Options / Guest Isolation
  2. Uncheck both checkboxes (Enable drag and drop, Enable copy and paste) and click OK.
  3. Shut down the guest, and shut down VMware Workstation
  4. Reboot the host computer
  5. Run VMware Workstation but do not launch the guest yet.
  6. Go into VM / Settings / Options / Guest Isolation for the guest, and
  7. CHECK both checkboxes
  8. Power On the guest.

Any idea how to solve the issue, please?

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  • From the host (Windows 10) to the guest (Ubuntu) on the VMware
    – Franky
    May 7, 2020 at 14:45

2 Answers 2

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Enter the following command in terminal to enable drag and drop between virtual machines and the host.

gsettings set org.gnome.nautilus.preferences use-experimental-views false

Do the following to enable drag and drop between two virtual machines:

  1. Open the virtual machine settings editor (VM > Settings), click the Options tab and select Guest isolation.

  2. Select Disable drag and drop to and from this virtual machine to disable the feature. Deselect it to enable the feature.

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    I did this too, but nothing changed unfortunately! :(
    – Franky
    May 7, 2020 at 14:53
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    Try this: apt install open-vm-tools open-vm-tools-desktop. This may help. May 7, 2020 at 14:57
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    Run this: sudo /usr/lib/vmware-tools/bin32/vmware-user-loader & May 7, 2020 at 14:59
  • Errors regarding permission turned up and I added "sudo" at the beginning of the commands. Still nothing different!
    – Franky
    May 7, 2020 at 15:07
  • I've done this already. Please refer to the method (2) to the question body.
    – Franky
    May 7, 2020 at 15:09
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Just had this same problem where copy and paste stopped working with Workstation Pro 15.5.7 on Win 10 with Ubuntu 20.04 guest. Was working fine until both guest and host had some updates so hard to tell what caused it. The simple fix was a variation from method 2 from this answer.

  1. Shut down the guest
  2. Go into VM / Settings / Options / Guest Isolation
  3. Uncheck both checkboxes (Enable drag and drop, Enable copy and paste) and click OK. Note: that it is not possible to uncheck these boxes unless the VM is stopped
  4. Shut down VMware Workstation
  5. Start VMware Workstation. Note: there was no need to reboot host
  6. For the VM in question, go into VM / Settings / Options / Guest Isolation
  7. Check both checkboxes (Enable drag and drop, Enable copy and paste) and click OK
  8. Start the guest VM

Copy and paste now works again in both directions.

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