I don't understand how come I don't see anyone else complaining about this problem, is it only on my computer somehow, or is it a known removed feature?

But Ctrl+V to paste in Pantheon Files does not work to paste (neither a file nor a directory). I can tell that Ctrl+C for copying does work, because copying it with Ctrl+C, and then right-clicking to choose Paste does work. But hitting Ctrl+V does nothing. Regardless of the method used to copy.

  • Ctrl+V to paste into a file name when renaming (in Pantheon Files) works fine
  • Ctrl+V to paste into the path location (in Pantheon Files) works fine
  • Ctrl+Shift+V to paste in terminal works fine
  • Ctrl+V to paste works fine in all other programs (that I've tried so far).

How come, and are there any known suggestions to fix this?

  • Just tested it, works fine here. I do have a clipboard manager (clipit) installed, but I doubt that's why it works. Dec 29, 2017 at 21:04

1 Answer 1


Your problem is probably just a bug in an old version

Try sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade

If the problem still persists, try sudo apt install --reinstall pantheon-files

Hope this helps!

(It probably won't)

  • Versions later than revision 1902 should not have this problem. This was release in 2015. If you have a more recent version then please raise a bug report given details of the keyboard type / layout / locale etc. Jun 1, 2017 at 18:17
  • You were right, it didn't help. I am running the newest everything, but I did manually reinstall pantheon-files anyway, and the issue is still here. I submitted a bug report as per Ben's suggestion.
    – 3Nex
    Jun 3, 2017 at 0:15
  • are you sure you're not using a different keyboard layout? for example, shortcuts do not work for me when I'm switched to Russian on my keyboard
    – Mike Rodov
    Jun 7, 2017 at 7:28

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