Thanks to all for the responses. I tried copy/paste instead of drag/drop and it was successful. I'm grateful.
Quote: Originally Posted by mitchell65
Well I am getting a bit confused here. When you say you "I then drag a new photo from an external hard drive and drop it into the display. " (Q1) What display are you dragging it to? (Q2) How do you navigate to an external hard drive without using the left hand pane? (Q3) Do you mean a separate hard drive that is not linked to the picture library? (Q4) How can you drag the "Library Link" to the desktop. I not sure what you mean there!
A couple of screen shots would be very helpful here!
I need some help now, I think
Sorry for the confusion, mitchell65. Screen shots would not be for public display, but I'll try to explain.
I go to Libraries and double-click Pictures. This opens Pictures Library with icons in folder order as I have chosen (call this Stage 1). I double-click a folder icon, then a sub-folder icon if there is one. This opens with picture icons arranged by date, again as chosen (call this Stage 2).
Q1. The display I am dragging to is Stage 2. A new picture icon appears as soon as I drop.
Q2-3. I navigate to the external drive by selecting the Windows Explorer option in the Autoplay box which appears when the drive is connected to a USB. The drive is not linked to the Picture Library. (I did not know this was possible until I read the link in your first reply. I'll consider this further tomorrow as it's nearly time for my Horlicks.)
Q4. "Library link" was my clumsy terminology for a folder icon at Stage 1.
Hope this clarifies rather than mystifies.