Automatic scrolling to off-screen content is slow and hard to use

Bug #177816 reported by Endolith on 2007-12-21
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
nautilus (Ubuntu)
Ubuntu Desktop Bugs

Bug Description

Binary package hint: nautilus

If a list of files and folders extends beyond the edges of the screen (if there are scrollbars), and you try to drag something into this window, the window should automatically scroll as you get near the edges. Currently, it scrolls very slowly if you are within a few pixels of some invisible line that's very hard to find. What should happen is that it scrolls smoothly as you get beyond, say, 1/4th of the height of the window from the edge, and increases in scrolling speed as you move closer to the edge, and then you can slow down and stop where you want to by moving the mouse back to the center region.

Pedro Villavicencio (pedro) wrote :

Thanks for your report, That works fine for me here with Hardy, Do you have a few steps to trigger the bug? are the visual effects enabled? does it happens without them? thanks you.

Changed in nautilus:
assignee: nobody → desktop-bugs
status: New → Incomplete
Endolith (endolith) wrote :

It's not a bug; it's an enhancement request.

Steps to reproduce:

1. Create a test folder
2. Inside, create more test folders, until there are many more than your screen can display at once.
3. Set this to list view
4. Scroll to the top of the list
5. Ctrl+drag a file from another window to copy it.
6. Drop the file into one of the folders at the bottom of the list.

You can do this by moving the mouse within within a few pixels of the bottom edge of the window, which makes it automatically scroll, but it's jumpy and very sloooow. It can take a long time to get it to scroll all the way to the bottom.

What should happen is that it should smoothly start scrolling slowly when you get into the bottom 1/4th of the window, and increase in speed as you go lower, and decrease in speed as you go back up, like those applets that you see on some websites that scroll automatically as you move the mouse around, and let you select things by moving the mouse back into the middle of the bar.

Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

could you try if that's still an issue in hardy and maybe open the bug on

Changed in nautilus:
importance: Undecided → Low
Endolith (endolith) wrote :

Yes, nothing has changed in Hardy. It needs to start moving before you get that close to the edge of the screen.

Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

could you open the bug upstream since you seem to be the only one to notice the issue and you are better placer to reply to their questions?

Changed in nautilus:
status: Unknown → New
Pedro Villavicencio (pedro) wrote :

marking it as triaged since you sent it upstream, thanks.

Changed in nautilus:
status: Incomplete → Triaged
Changed in nautilus:
importance: Unknown → Low
Changed in nautilus:
status: New → Confirmed
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