Drag and Drop

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Drag and Drop, dragging and dropping,

To drag and drop you need to move the mouse pointer (arrow) over a file or an icon, and then press left-click and hold the button pressed on the file, or icon. While the button pressed start moving the mouse, you will see the file attached to your mouse moving. When you want to drop the file or release it, just release the left-mouse click button.

Drag drop icon

If you want to move or copy a file from one location to another just use drag and drop, and that is it. As you can see below, the file PC relationships is hovering over the open window of the folder named “New Folder”, in this instance if the button is released the file would be moved from its actual location the Desktop into a new location New Folder.

Sometimes when you drag and drop the computer decides to move the file instead of copying it. That depends if the two folders are child folders of the same drive or not.

If both folders are child folders of the same hard drive then the file will be moved, if you’re dragging and dropping from an USB flash drive to a child folder of the C:\ drive or another hard drive then the file will be copied.

In order for you to make sure that you are copying it just press and hold the “Ctrl” key while dragging and dropping (you have to release the mouse button before the “Ctrl” key) otherwise it will not work. To make sure you are moving a file press and hold the “Shift” key while dragging the file. To create a shortcut just hold the “Alt” key pressed while you drag and drop.

The Right Click Drag and Drop – functions exactly as the regular but when you release you get a popup menu and from which you select if you want to copy, move or create a shortcut to the file.

Right click drag and drop, drag drop menu