I can't copy-paste or cut-paste any file from desktop,folder etc. to again desktop,folder etc. Can you help me ?

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    What is the problem ? Describe what you are doing and what results / errors you get. Where are you trying to paste to ? What are the access-rights and ownership at that directory / file
    – Soren A
    Mar 15, 2022 at 8:42
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    Are you using Ubuntu? Which version? Mar 15, 2022 at 9:29
  • I am using Ubuntu 20.04 . And ı want to move any file ( like pdf,docx,folder) to other folder ( Disk D or another new folder ) . But when i pushed ctrl + c or right click - copy and when i pushed ctrl + v or right click- paste in target folder , It doesn't work. Files doesen't move. That's the problem.
    – berkei
    Mar 15, 2022 at 16:43
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    Does this answer your question? Basic desktop actions are not available on Ubuntu 20.04
    – pLumo
    Jun 18, 2023 at 13:08

1 Answer 1


Open terminal, navigate to ~ by using cd ~. From here, use the terminal command ls -lsa.

In the output, verify that your permissions for Desktop appear as drwxr-xr-x. For example, mine looks like this: 4 drwxr-xr-x 4 username username 4096 Mar 13 22:02 Desktop

If the permissions are not as above, type chmod 755 /Desktop/. This should change the permissions on your Desktop to allow you to read/write/execute.

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