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Windows 7: Copying files question

19 Apr 2015   #1
cover

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Copying files question

I was copying files from one folder to another and noticed that after holding down my ctrl key and selectively picking my jpg files to copy from one location to another, occasionally my Windows 7 computer would do some sort of internal copy that resulted in the images I had selected being copied into the same folder with a renamed version of the original that included 'copy'. Is there a way to shut off that feature in Windows 7? It's a bit annoying and adds quite a bit of disk usage for the redundant files. TIA


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19 Apr 2015   #2
ignatzatsonic

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I was copying files from one folder to another and noticed that after holding down my ctrl key and selectively picking my jpg files to copy from one location to another, occasionally my Windows 7 computer would do some sort of internal copy that resulted in the images I had selected being copied into the same folder with a renamed version of the original that included 'copy'. Is there a way to shut off that feature in Windows 7? It's a bit annoying and adds quite a bit of disk usage for the redundant files. TIA
That happens if you move the mouse just a bit after selecting a file---a very small drag of the mouse, while you've still got the left mouse button depressed.

You can avoid it by being careful to simply select a file to be copied with a poke, and then selecting the next file with another poke, without making that slight dragging motion between the two pokes.

You can tell when you've moved the mouse if you see a "+" sign appear. That means you're going to do that internal copy that you don't want.

I don't know of any way to turn it off, but I haven't looked.
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