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Windows 7: Choosing the Default Action When Dragging a File to a Folder

17 Jul 2010   #1
IMAyNeed

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 
Choosing the Default Action When Dragging a File to a Folder

When you drag a file to a folder with the mouse, if you are dragging with left button, in one computer it says, copy to "the destination folder", in another computer (one is Home Premium x64, the other is Ultimate x64) it says, again with the left button, move to "the destination Folder.

Is it a difference between Home Premium and Ultimate?
Can a user define which will be the default action when dragging a file to a folder?

P.S. : I know that the right button gives the options to choose.


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17 Jul 2010   #2
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

You can pick the default action...kinda. You simply edit the desktop.ini file in that folder.

Code:
[.ShellClassInfo]
DefaultDropEffect=#
Replace "#" with one of these numbers:
1 - Copy
2 - Move
4 - Create a shortcut

Be default Windows copies to locations in a different partition and moves in the same partition.
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17 Jul 2010   #3
strollin

W7 Ult desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W8.1 tablet
 
 

What you are seeing may be different on the 2 machines not because of the OS version but by where the folders are on the machines. If you are dragging between 2 folders on the same drive, the default action is to "move". If you are dragging between 2 folders on different drives the default is to "copy".
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17 Jul 2010   #4
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

strollin is 99% right. A few times I've had the computer only copy to a folder on the same drive as the one it was already on. This mostly happens when doing so of the customizing stuff.
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17 Jul 2010   #5
JonM33

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by IMAyNeed View Post
When you drag a file to a folder with the mouse, if you are dragging with left button, in one computer it says, copy to "the destination folder", in another computer (one is Home Premium x64, the other is Ultimate x64) it says, again with the left button, move to "the destination Folder.

Is it a difference between Home Premium and Ultimate?
Can a user define which will be the default action when dragging a file to a folder?

P.S. : I know that the right button gives the options to choose.
If it is going within the same volume then it is automatically a "Move". If it is going to a different volume then it is automatically a "Copy". If you want it to be a "Move" then press Shift while dragging and dropping. Not that hard.
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19 Jul 2010   #6
IMAyNeed

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

I have one hard disk drive with different partitions so it must be when doing it from different partitions, the copy and move thing changes.

Thank you guys.
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