Can no longer drag and drop files between desktop and applications

Bug #1813441 reported by Jonathan Kamens on 2019-01-27
This bug affects 17 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
gnome-shell-extension-desktop-icons (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

In releases before 19.04, you could drag and drop files from the desktop into applications.

This no longer works.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 19.04
Package: gnome-shell-extension-desktop-icons 19.01-1
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 4.18.0-13.14-generic 4.18.17
Uname: Linux 4.18.0-13-generic x86_64
NonfreeKernelModules: nvidia_modeset nvidia
ApportVersion: 2.20.10-0ubuntu19
Architecture: amd64
CurrentDesktop: ubuntu:GNOME
Date: Sat Jan 26 21:47:14 2019
InstallationDate: Installed on 2019-01-02 (24 days ago)
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 18.10 "Cosmic Cuttlefish" - Release amd64 (20181017.3)
PackageArchitecture: all
SourcePackage: gnome-shell-extension-desktop-icons
UpgradeStatus: Upgraded to disco on 2019-01-21 (5 days ago)

Jonathan Kamens (jik) wrote :
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in gnome-shell-extension-desktop-icons (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :
Changed in gnome-shell-extension-desktop-icons (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Low
status: Confirmed → Triaged
Jonathan Kamens (jik) wrote :

I think you mean to link this to

I question your designation of this as a "Low" importance issue. This is going to be a huge deal for people when 19.04 is released if it's not fixed by then.

Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

Let's see how much of a deal that is, you can still dnd from a nautilus view on the desktop or double click on the file so it's easy to workaround...

Jonathan Kamens (jik) wrote :

>you can still dnd from a nautilus view on the desktop

Right, because it's not like the reason why I put files on my Desktop is because I use them often and want to be able to open quickly, or like having to open a Nautilus window, click on Desktop, and then double-click on the file to open it is slower than just being able to open the file directly on the desktop. That's definitely not a stupid usability regression that anyone who keeps files on their desktops is going to notice right away.

>or double click on the file so it's easy to workaround...

Except that I frequently want to open files (images, text files) with something other than the default application, and double-clicking doesn't do that, and another thing that's missing from the extension is the "Open with other application" right-click menu command (

As one of my friends commented when I told him about all the absurd regressions introduced by ripping this code out of Nautilus and moving it to an incompletely implemented GNOME shell extension: #ThisIsWhyIUseKDE

Frankly, I'm just about ready to switch myself. The penchant of GNOME's developers for regressing functionality because they don't seem to understand how people actually use their software is a long-standing, incredibly frustrating problem.

Panoramix (panoramix-carlos) wrote :

nautilus is the problem. when I replaced nautilus with nemo everything works correctly

Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

Would be worth report to nautilus upstream then

Tom Reynolds (tomreyn) wrote :

Possible duplicates: #1822254 #858913

Changed in gnome-shell-extension-desktop-icons:
status: Unknown → New
summary: - Can no longer drag and drop files from desktop into applications
+ Can no longer drag and drop files between desktop and applications
Changed in gnome-shell-extension-desktop-icons (Ubuntu):
importance: Low → Wishlist
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