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I recently upgraded to 17.10 from 16.10, and I'm experiencing an annoying problem:

I CAN'T drag and drop files. When I select files and then hold to drag, it behaves as though I'm re-selecting and doesn't drag the files like it did in 16.10.

Also, ctrl- and shift- selecting no longer work the way they used to, shift now selects from the FIRST file selected rather than the LAST file I selected.

I don't know if these are OS bugs or if there's an easy solution.

PLEASE HELP. I don't want to have to re-install 16.10

marked as duplicate by pomsky, karel, Fabby, Eric Carvalho, waltinator Mar 18 '18 at 15:40

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    Could you record a short screencast (shift+ctrl+alt+r) and show us the issue? Also this might be a Wayland-only issue, try to switch to X and see what happens there. – pomsky Jan 14 '18 at 15:40
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    Thanks. It looks like Wayland was the problem. Running on Xorg now and the problem's gone.... – Lance_Verity Jan 14 '18 at 19:52
  • @pomsky: How exactly does recording a short screencast work? It creates 0-byte files for me. – Dan Dascalescu Jan 2 at 1:29
  • @pomsky: Yes. Is there a known issue with recording screencasts on dual-monitor configurations? – Dan Dascalescu Jan 2 at 6:29
  • @DanDascalescu Yeah, if I remember correctly it happens with extended monitors, only creates empty files. – pomsky Jan 2 at 7:02

It seems it's a bug with Wayland.

As a workaround you may switch back to Xorg following this Q&A: How do you switch from Wayland back to Xorg in Ubuntu 17.10?


open terminal

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

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