While I can move files using drag / drop in PIXEL, how do I copy a file to a new folder and leave the original in place. With Windows you just hold CTRL down. Doesn't work in PIXEL. Are there 'instructions' for this anywhere?


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I presume you are asking how to copy files in PCManFM which is the default File Manager in the latest Raspbian GUI. (PIXEL is the name of the Desktop Manager “Pi Improved Xwindows Environment, Lightweight”.)

You can copy files with the Edit/Copy and Edit/Paste Menu items, more conveniently using Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V shortcut keys, which are the same as Windows.

There are other File Managers, and you can more conveniently copy files in the terminal using cp source_file target_file.

  • Yes, I did mean the 'File manager' that comes with the PIXEL GUI. Does that mean I can't just drag / drop a file from one folder to another as a 'copy' as in Windows? It does a 'move' OK. I know about the 'Terminal' method but you can't say this is 'more convenient' when it means a load of typing. Does ctrl+C and ctrl+V work on the file icons or on the file content?
    – user59977
    Commented Feb 4, 2017 at 22:04
  • The shortcuts should work most places. Why not try it. I rarely use GUI and never dragon-droppings, so can't say, but I always found having to use the mouse AND keyboard the worst of both worlds. There is very little documentation.
    – Milliways
    Commented Feb 4, 2017 at 23:01

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