Whenever I have files cut or copied to the clipboard and want to paste them inside a folder using the mouse in the 'Files' application (default file browser in Ubuntu) I have to first change from list view to icon view then scroll to the end of the list of icons to find a 'hole' to click without selecting another file so I can find paste on the menu. Am I missing something or is the application really this flawed?
You can go to parent directory right click on desired directory and select "Paste into folder" or create a new tab then hold the shift and right click anywhere you want to paste.
The other option is to use drag and drop or keyboard shortcuts (which you already know about it).
Am I missing something...
No, you're not missing anything...
...or is the application really this flawed?
Yes, it is that flawed...
This, along with the inability to "lasso" files while in list-view mode are two of the most outstanding bugs1 that have annoyed most
nautilus users for over 15 years (technically speaking, these were/are actually bugs/limitations of
gtk treeview if I recall correctly)...
In the discussion in my 1st link above, António Fernandes promised that the next release will have this fixed via a path-bar context menu. For more details follow the links there. It will look more or less like this:
As far as I am concerned this is too late. If you'll take my advice you'll learn how to use the keyboard for most tasks - that will make your GNOME experience much smoother.
1: I'm not mentioning the Ctrl+Del stupidity here as that was not a bug but a "feature" introduced by the gnome devs. It took several years and thousands of complaints to revert it back to normal. I'm sure any future "History of Desktop Environments" will have a chapter dedicated to that episode.
Right click on a empty space (icon view) for example between 2 items, and you can copy just not right click on a item.
(You can use
CTRL+V to paste and
CTRL+C to copy)