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Windows 7: Drag and drop to desktop


17 Oct 2012   #1

Windows 7 32
 
 
Drag and drop to desktop

I used to be able to drag a file from a folder to the desktop by holding the left mouse button down. Then using ALT as well to chang ethis to a short cut. This does not work now. Is there some setting that has been changed like accessability. I have searched everywhere for this.

Dragging across imiditaly puts a copy on my desktop without leaving me time to select ALT and let go of the mouse button.

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17 Oct 2012   #2

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If you drag and then press and hold alt before releasing the left mouse button then it creates a link for me.

How long has this been happening for you?
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17 Oct 2012   #3

Windows 7 32
 
 

No I do not ge t a chance to press and hold ALT. Unless I can acheve this in less than a thousanth of a second. It litteraly happens in less than a second. It crerates a copy.
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17 Oct 2012   #4

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Does it do this before you release the left mouse button?
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17 Oct 2012   #5

Windows 7 32
 
 

Yes with the mouse button still pressed. I don't stand a chance.

+++++

Problem appears to be solved.

When I posted the thread I was shown some similar threads. Can't locate them now but it said something like
At the start prompt text box enter CMD
Then enter regsvr32 /i Shell ... {Cant remember the last bit}

It came up with an error
The module shell32 was loaded but the call to DllInstall failed with error code 0x8002801c

I went to c:\windows\System32 and rt click on cmd.exe run as administrator. This time regsvr32 /i ... worked.
Why I do not know as under users I am the administrator.

This somehow seems to have solved the problem but I do not know how or why.
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17 Oct 2012   #6

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If this is a recent thing do you have a restore point yo can go back to using system restore?

System Restore
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17 Oct 2012   #7

Windows 7 32
 
 

Don't have a restore point BUT .................

Problem appears to be solved.

When I posted the thread I was shown some similar threads. Can't locate them now but it said something like
At the start prompt text box enter CMD
Then enter regsvr32 /i Shell32

It came up with an error
The module shell32 was loaded but the call to DllInstall failed with error code 0x8002801c

I went to c:\windows\System32 and rt click on cmd.exe run as administrator. This time regsvr32 /i shell32 it worked.
Why I do not know as under users I am the administrator.

This somehow seems to have solved the problem but I do not know how or why.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Oct 2012   #8

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Glad that is sorted for you otuatail.

I usually don't drag and drop using the left mouse button but use the right. In that case you get a popup asking what you want to do. Copy, move or create link. I find this more useful as I don't then have to remember whether I am dragging between partitions or not.
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17 Oct 2012   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

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Instead of Drag and Drop, try Sendto (in the right click menu).
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18 Oct 2012   #10

Windows 7 32
 
 

No false alarm.

The problem is back again. I have typed this into web browses and found lots of windows 7 users experiancing the same problem. This never happened in XP or Vista.
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