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Windows 7: Major problems copying and moving files

08 Jun 2010   #11
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Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

1. Instead of using drag/drop or copy/paste I suggest to use Move to folder/Copy to folder. Then you cannot make the mistake of moving stuff to the Lbrary for which it is not designed.

2. A library is an index of folders - not a file or folder. If you have only a single folder in the library, it may appear that Library = Folder. But that is not the itent and maybe considered a design flaw - because if you have several folders in a library (which is probably the more frequent case) moving or copying something to the "library" is definitely not going to accomplish the intent.

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08 Jun 2010   #12

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by eldongr View Post
Wow. This is a dangerous "feature." I see that doing file transfers/maintenance while in libraries is a bad thing. So much for their usefulness if you ask me. Unfortunately when you delete files from a library, it also deletes them from the original folder (and what you see is NOT what you get) as far as file status/location...
Yes it's a bit confusing at first I agree but there are reasons it's done this way. It's easy once you figure out how Library's actaully work and I find them to be very useful.

There is also a setting that will allow you to move files around from Library to Library but I can't remember where it is. I'll keep looking for it because I know I saw it somewhere. In the mean time using the User folders works fine once you get used to it. Glad that I could help solve your problem.

You are correct about this whs. In case anyone wants to know how to send or copy files to and from Homegroups there is an easy way. One problem is that the Menu pane doesn't show up by default but thats easy enough to change. You can also go to folder options then view tab and select the "always show menus" option but that isn't checked by default either.

I'll go over the steps needed to access the copy to and move to folder options just so it's very clear for anyone who reads this.

With a Library open as in Library>Documents look to the left and click on Organize> scroll down to > Layout then click to make sure the Menu pane is showing. Now that you have the Menu pane checked you will see file,edit,view,tools,help at the top of the page on the left.

Next highlight the Library folder or file you need to move or copy, then click on the edit button in the Menu pane and choose copy to or move to folder option, click on Homegroup then choose the persons name, then choose the Homegroup folder you want to sent it too and hit the copy button at the bottom of the page.

It's different from the standard drag and drop method which doesn't work for Homegroups.
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