Nautilus invisible focused item when selecting files with Ctrl and arrow keys

Bug #1441296 reported by Bruno Santos on 2015-04-07
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This bug affects 6 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Ubuntu theme
Medium
Unassigned
nautilus (Ubuntu)
Medium
Unassigned
ubuntu-themes (Ubuntu)
Medium
Unassigned

Bug Description

After upgrading to 15.04 beta2 I noticed that selecting files with Ctrl and the arrow keys in Nautilus became more difficult since the active item had no decorations. I'm sure before there was some sort of dashed line around the active item's name, so this may be a regression.

I have searched for any other bug report on this, or any other person complaining about it, without success. I tried using the guest account to confirm it wasn't a previous configuration on my regular account, and the issue is also present. Maybe it is uncommon for people to select items in nautilus with the keyboard arrows?

I fixed it on my system for Ambiance by adding a dashed line decoration to

/usr/share/themes/Ambiance/gtk-3.0/apps/nautilus.css

NautilusWindow * {
    -GtkPaned-handle-size: 1;
    outline-color: @selected_bg_color;
    outline-style: dashed;
    outline-width: 1px;
    outline-radius: 4px;
    outline-offset: -1px;
}

This may need to go in other selector properties, but it worked like this and I couldn't make it to work on any other selector.

Bruno Santos (bsantos) wrote :
summary: - Nautilus invisible active file when selecting files with Ctrl and arrow
+ Nautilus invisible focused item when selecting files with Ctrl and arrow
keys
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

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

Changed in light-themes (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Bruno Santos (bsantos) wrote :

Still present in 16.04. Nautilus and Nemo don't show a selection cursor when using Ctrl+arrows to select items. :(

Ambiance and Radiance both share the problem, HighContrast, for example, works as expected.

Christian (christianbueno-1) wrote :

Hello.
*I want only use the keyboard.
*In nautilus.
*list view.
*ubuntu 16.04 LTS Xenial Xerus.
My problem is that i can't see the focus selected file or folder in nautilus. For example if I am in download folder i can select a file with ctrl+space then it file will have the selected item color (orange), then when i move down or up i can't see what files has the focus.

Christian (christianbueno-1) wrote :

By the way, as Bruno says this work well in High Contrast Theme.

Doug McMahon (mc3man) on 2016-07-03
tags: added: xenial yakkety
Changed in ubuntu-themes:
status: New → Confirmed
Changed in light-themes (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Medium
Christian (christianbueno-1) wrote :

Thank you Bruno Santos for your solution

Christian (christianbueno-1) wrote :

I have to say that the problem persist on Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety Yak.
By other hand, How we can only put a orange line below the file that has the focus?.
I say that because in Antergos with KDE plasma 5.8, " Dolphin" (File manager) has something similar and I like that.

Lachezar Lechev (elpiel93) wrote :

+1 Thank you for the solution
+1 for a bug fix!

affects: light-themes (Ubuntu) → ubuntu-themes (Ubuntu)
Daniel van Vugt (vanvugt) wrote :

Thank you for reporting this bug to Ubuntu.
Ubuntu 15.04 (vivid) reached end-of-life on February 4, 2016.

See this document for currently supported Ubuntu releases:
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Releases

We appreciate that this bug may be old and you might not be interested in discussing it any more. But if you are then please upgrade to the latest Ubuntu version and re-test.

Changed in ubuntu-themes (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Incomplete
Changed in ubuntu-themes:
status: Confirmed → Incomplete
André Xuereb (andre.xuereb) wrote :

I can confirm this bug in Ubuntu 17.04.

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

[Expired for ubuntu-themes (Ubuntu) because there has been no activity for 60 days.]

Changed in ubuntu-themes (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Expired
André Xuereb (andre.xuereb) wrote :

The behaviour on 17.04 is still unchanged. Any clues for how to fix, or at least what to look for?

Changed in ubuntu-themes:
status: Incomplete → Confirmed
tags: added: zesty
Changed in ubuntu-themes (Ubuntu):
status: Expired → Confirmed
Changed in ubuntu-themes:
importance: Undecided → Medium
Changed in nautilus (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
importance: Undecided → Medium
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