2018, this is very useful feature but still missing in Ubuntu.
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List view in Nautilus does not allow dragging a selection by mouse
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When viewing files in Nautilus one can drag a rectangle around them to
mark certain files. This is not possible in the list view of Nautilus
even though there is usually a large white space in folders with few
files that can make a user believe that dragging with the mouse there
would produce the same rectangle as in icon view. I do it all the time
by habit, and it is very annoying.
* Make it possible to drag a rectangle in list view. The problem is that
starting to drag on a list item moves that item. Konqueror has solved this that
you have to drag on the item name itself to move, else a rectangle marquee is
started. Personally I find this quite efficient but may be annoying for less
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