When I do a rename of a file (or a folder) I want to be able to use copy/paste (CTRL+C / CTRL+V) !

When I try to do this (using keyboard shortcut or right click), the name gets validated (I am not in edition mode anymore) ... so I can't copy the name ! :(

As soon as I right click or use the CTRL key, the name is validated: I am not in edition mode of the name any more and that's the file that is selected and not the file name anymore.

EDIT: Sept 2016
This was due to the option to display circles when pressing CTRL (Parameters=> Mouse check Reveal cusor position: that stops the edit mode as soon as you press CTRL) !
This is still true for Loki.

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    I don't understand your problem. What do you want? Rename with right click and the option rename or with the F2 Key. How do you use copy paste to rename? Ctrl+c, Ctrl+v copy or paste works on a selected text or a folder or a file. So you can select a folder, click f2 (text get automatically selected) ctrl+c and move to another folder and click f2 (text get automatically selected) and paste it with ctrl+v.
    – Stiffler
    Commented Sep 9, 2015 at 14:15
  • possible duplicate of How can I select a file without it opening?
    – user968
    Commented Sep 9, 2015 at 16:21
  • What do you mean by validated? It exits the rename box? Ctrl + C should not do that. Are you using Luna or Freya?
    – Lewis Goddard
    Commented Sep 9, 2015 at 18:36
  • @uomoinverde I'm fairly certain that that isn't what this poster is trying to ask.
    – Lewis Goddard
    Commented Sep 9, 2015 at 18:37
  • I've edited my question. Hopefully it's clearer now. Commented Sep 14, 2015 at 6:52

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Well If you do want to copy and/or paste the name of files and folders heres the way:

  • Right click on the folder and select properties

the props

  • Here you will find at the top the name, all shortcuts work, eg ctrl+c


  • Right click on the name and other options appear

prop pro

  • ok, but no, that's not an option ! Most of the time when I rename a file, I want to copy / paste the actual name to be able to rename that file or the next one. I can do that in all File explorer, it's only with file explorer I can not do it ! Commented Sep 17, 2015 at 7:37
  • I cannot reproduce this in Freya or Loki so presumably it was a bug that has been fixed. Commented Mar 23, 2016 at 11:15

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