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Windows 7: Drag & Drop Problem

13 Sep 2009   #1

Windows 7 (RC)
Drag & Drop Problem

When I attempt to Drag & Drop a photo in any of my photo folders just to reposition it I get a small circle with a bar across it. I know what this means "it can't be done" but why?? Is there a setting somewhere that will allow it?
It is very annoying because if I want to group a number of photos together to email to someone I can't do it.

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13 Sep 2009   #2
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1

Install Picasa3 .... it's will search for all photos so you have them in one place. Select the ones you want to send, click on 'hold', then send the whole group
Picasa 3: Free download from Google

Uncheck Google Tool bar if it's pre-checked!
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14 Sep 2009   #3

Windows 7 (RC)
Drag & Drop Problel

Thanks for the reply. Yes, I am aware that it is possible to do it in other programs. Also, adding a group of photos individually to email in "Windows Live Mail" is no real hassle. I was just wondering, as you can Drag & Drop easily in XP & Vista, why it can't be done in Windows 7. I though that I may have had a setting incorrectly set.
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05 Jan 2010   #4

Windows 7 on an Eee netbook with Intel "atom inside"

I am having the same problem, and it's infuriating!!! I specifically chose this netbook with the new Windows 7 instead of the tried and true Windows XP because I was SURE that it would totally kick butt, having been so enamored with XP's features!

I swear, I feel like returning it and getting the XP version!


If anyone has a solution, please email me at !!!
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05 Jan 2010   #5

XP / Win7 x64 Pro

I'm not really sure what exactly you are trying to do here. At first, it sounds like you are just trying to drag files around in the same folder, but then you talk about emailing pictures via drag & drop which is a completely different scenario.

Regardless, your problems most likely have to do with the running privilege levels of each application. If you have file explorer running as normal user and a program running as admin or elevated user, you won't be able to drag & drop things across the two. Hopefully that makes sense and helps you arrive at a solution.
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05 Jan 2010   #6

Windows 7 build 7600 64 bit

I think he means manual arrangement in folders which was removed, because some dumb f*ck thought people don't use it.
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06 Jan 2010   #7

Windows 7 on an Eee netbook with Intel "atom inside"
The problem is very simple...

FliGi7, I'm not sure why people have a problem understanding what the problem is here? Maybe it's just TOO simple?

Let's say that I have six photos--three of my dog and three of my cat. I want to move the three photos of my dog so that photos 1,2 and 3 are of my dog, in a line. I want photos 4,5 and 6 to be of my cat. I cannot do this without renumbering them (a tedious, time-wasting process!) I cannot simply drag the photos next to each other and have them "insert" themselves between each other--they'll stay stuck right like they are.

You can't do this by changing the view to "details" because you simply can't see what the heck you're moving!

This is a HUGE oversight on Windows 7--so much so that I would not hesitate to advise people AWAY from purchasing it! If you use your photo library as much as I, and most people do, this puts Windows 7 at the level of a kindergarten program for tots, in my opinion!
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06 Jan 2010   #8

XP / Win7 x64 Pro

Ah, I see what you're saying now. Hm, that is interesting and I haven't actually experienced that myself, so I'll have to play around with it when I get home tonight to see if I can see any sort of workaround or fix.
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06 Jan 2010   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

i never knew that function existed in windows xp, so i had never noticed that it was removed from windows 7. i searched around and found this:

Why has the ability to deactivate Auto Arrange been removed in Windows 7?
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06 Jan 2010   #10

XP / Win7 x64 Pro

Wow. What an S*show that discussion turned into. Duly noted, however.
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