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Windows 7: Set drag and drop to copy not move

06 Jul 2010   #1
imanewbe

Windows 7 Pro
 
 
Set drag and drop to copy not move

Hey

What i want to do is set the default action when i click and drag a file to a different location to be to copy not to move it.

Any ideas on how i would do this?


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06 Jul 2010   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10
 
 

Hello Imanewbie,

Sorry, but there is no way to do that I'm aware of.

However, you could add "Copy to Folder" and "Move to Folder" to the context menu to make copying files to another location easier to.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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06 Jul 2010   #3
strollin

W7 Ult desktop, W8.1 laptop, W7 Home netbook, W8.1 tablet, Win 10 TP VM
 
 

The default of Move or Copy changes depending on whether you are working on the same drive or different drives. If you drag to a folder on the same drive, the default is to do a Move. If you drag to a folder on a different drive the default is to Copy. You can use right-click drag instead of left-click drag which will allow you to select to Move or Copy.
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07 Jul 2010   #4
imanewbe

Windows 7 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by strollin View Post
The default of Move or Copy changes depending on whether you are working on the same drive or different drives. If you drag to a folder on the same drive, the default is to do a Move. If you drag to a folder on a different drive the default is to Copy. You can use right-click drag instead of left-click drag which will allow you to select to Move or Copy.
This makes sense. Cheers
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07 Jul 2010   #5
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

To copy a file regardless of the source and target destination, hold down the CTRL key while you drag and drop.

To move a file regardless of the source and target destination, hold down the SHIFT key while you drag and drop.
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21 Aug 2011   #6
sam2O1O

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
To copy a file regardless of the source and target destination, hold down the CTRL key while you drag and drop.

To move a file regardless of the source and target destination, hold down the SHIFT key while you drag and drop.
OLD POST ~ but thanks for the info
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