I'm running Ubuntu 12.04 on a MacBook Pro. I have a file selected in Nautilus and I'd like to move it to the trash.

  • Hitting delete takes me back in the history (like alt+left)
  • Ctrl+delete does nothing
  • Right clicking and the "File" menu shows "move to trash" as an option, but there's no shortcut key to the right of its entry (unlike Ctrl+C for "Copy", etc)

Why doesn't the delete key do what I expect?

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Because it's a Mac keyboard, the key labeled as "delete" is actually "backspace" (left delete), not "delete" (right delete).

You have to hold "fn" while hitting the delete key: fn + delete

  • (Just sharing this tidbit 'cause it took me a couple minutes to realize, even after searching Ask Ubuntu.) Jun 24, 2012 at 13:50

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