How to Copy / Cut or Move Files and Folders on Ubuntu 16.04 / 18.04 / 18.10 Desktops

For students and new users learning how to use Ubuntu Desktop, the best way to learn is by doing and working with directly with the desktop… This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to do a simple task like copying and moving files and folders to a new location…

A file or folder can be copied or moved to a new location by using the mouse and dragging and dropping to the new location… Users can also copy and move files and folders by using keyboard shortcuts on the command line terminal…

For example, you might want to copy or move a document from your computer to a removable thumb drive so you can take it home with you… or you may want to make a copy of the document to a memory drive before making changes to it… there are many reasons why you may want to learn how to copy of move files and folders on Ubuntu…These instructions apply to both files and folders. You copy and move files and folders in exactly the same way…

Copy and paste files on Ubuntu

To copy and file and paste to a new location, use the steps below:

  • Select the file you want to copy by clicking on it once.

  • Right-click and pick Copy, or press Ctrl+C.

  • Go to the location where you want to put the copy of the file…

  • Click the menu button and pick Paste to finish copying the file, or press Ctrl+V.  The file should now appear in the new location….

Ubuntu file folder

Cut and paste files on Ubuntu

To cut and paste a file from one location to another, use the steps below:

  • Select the file you want to move by clicking on it once.

  • Right-click and pick Cut, or press Ctrl+X.

  • Got to the new location where you want to move the file…

  • Click the menu button in the toolbar and pick Paste to finish moving the file, or press Ctrl+V. The file should now be moved from the older location to the new location….

Ubuntu file and folder

Drag files on Ubuntu

To drag and drop a file from one location to another use the steps below:

  • Open the file manager and go to the folder which contains the file you want to drag….

  • Click Files in the top bar, select New Window (or press Ctrl+N) to open a second window. In the new window, navigate to the folder where you want to move or copy the file.

  • Click and drag the file from one window to another. This will move it if the destination is on the same device, or copy it if the destination is on a different device..

You cannot copy or move a file into a folder that is read-only. Some folders are read-only to prevent you from making changes to their contents. You can change things from being read-only….

Ubuntu desktop

That’s it!

This is how one manages files and folders by copying and pasting on Ubuntu desktop…

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