Doesn't apply to Files 3.26 on Ubuntu 17.10 where pressing Esc causes an animation to occur where the icon appears to return to its original position (though the icon in its original position is always visible there anyway).
** Changed in: nautilus (Ubuntu) Status: New => Fix Released -- You received this bug notification because you are a member of Desktop Packages, which is subscribed to nautilus in Ubuntu. https://bugs.launchpad.net/bugs/1388623 Title: Nautilus window leaves icon on the screen Status in nautilus package in Ubuntu: Fix Released Bug description: The Nautilus application will leave an icon on the screen when you start to drag a file and then press ESC to cancel. This icon is not attached to the Nautilus window and persists on the screen even when Nautilus is closed. The icon also appears on all workspaces when multiple workspaces are enabled. This icon is always on top of all other windows, so gets in the way of other work. The only way that I know how to get rid of these icons is to log out and log back in again. ProblemType: Bug DistroRelease: Ubuntu 14.04 Package: nautilus 1:3.10.1-0ubuntu9.3 ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.13.0-39.66-generic 220.127.116.11 Uname: Linux 3.13.0-39-generic x86_64 ApportVersion: 2.14.1-0ubuntu3.5 Architecture: amd64 CurrentDesktop: Unity Date: Sun Nov 2 14:36:07 2014 ExecutablePath: /usr/bin/nautilus GsettingsChanges: InstallationDate: Installed on 2014-10-16 (17 days ago) InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS "Trusty Tahr" - Release amd64 (20140722.2) ProcEnviron: LANGUAGE=en_US PATH=(custom, user) XDG_RUNTIME_DIR=<set> LANG=en_US.UTF-8 SHELL=/bin/bash SourcePackage: nautilus UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install) To manage notifications about this bug go to: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/nautilus/+bug/1388623/+subscriptions -- Mailing list: https://launchpad.net/~desktop-packages Post to : email@example.com Unsubscribe : https://launchpad.net/~desktop-packages More help : https://help.launchpad.net/ListHelp