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Windows 7: Copying instead of moving from desktop to certain library's.

12 Oct 2010   #1
Executable

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 
Copying instead of moving from desktop to certain library's.

So right I have a number of library's with short cuts to to them on my desktop. When I hold click and drag files on the desktop into them, they copy there instead of moving. So it leaves an annoying copy on my desktop. This only happens with a couple of the library's so it has bewildered me. Any ideas on how to fix this?


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12 Oct 2010   #2
Orbital Shark

 
 

Hi,

Can you explain which library's are affected and are they custom library's? I've just done a quick test moving a file to a 'Documents' shortcut and it behaved as it should (file gone from desktop).


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12 Oct 2010   #3
Orbital Shark

 
 

also, as a test for you to perform, try to right-click & drag to the shortcut and select 'Move here' from the context menu
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12 Oct 2010   #4
Executable

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

The right click and drag works. They are all custom library's on the desktop. I don't have the pictures or music or any of them.
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12 Oct 2010   #5
Orbital Shark

 
 

I've just created a 'test' library and had to 'include' a folder for it to function (I used the download folder). Once done I created a shortcut to it on the desktop and moved (left click) a file from desktop to library. The file moved as it should.

You could try resetting the folders...(in explorer) click 'Organize' -> 'Folder and search options' -> 'View' (tab) and click 'Reset Folders'

Hope this helps


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13 Oct 2010   #6
gladson1976

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (XP, 98SE, 95, 3.11, DOS 7.10 on VM) + Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Lucid Lynx
 
 

If the library points to a folder in the same drive as the as the file you are trying to move, it will be moved when you left click and drag & drop.
If the library points to a folder on another drive than the file you are trying to move, the file will not be moved, but only copied.

This is the default action even in XP (you don't have libraries in XP).

The screenshots are from XP. Left click and drag & drop
Drag & drop on Same Drive
Copying instead of moving from desktop to certain library's.-same-drive.png

Drag & drop on Other Drive
Copying instead of moving from desktop to certain library's.-other-drive.png

Try pressing shift when dragging and dropping to always move.

Keyboard Modifiers when dragging and dropping
[SHIFT] Move
[CTRL] Copy
[ALT] Create Shortcut


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29 Mar 2013   #7
patrick222

Quebec
 
 

i have the opposite problem
i want to drag and drop to a file and it only copies it
i want to move it in one click
for years when i left clicked and image or file on desktop and moved it to a folder it would then leave the original location
now it doubles it
very frustrating when trying to move a lot of content
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29 Mar 2013   #8
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu
 
 

Windows default is to Move a file on the same drive or to copy a file on different drive, when you drag with the left button.

You can either use the Shift (Move) or Ctrl (copy) modifiers when dragging or use the right button when dragging, this will present a popup asking you what you want to do, as soon as you release the mouse key
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29 Mar 2013   #9
Alejandro85

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

My preferred method to control that is to drag and drop with right-click instead of normal left button. There it will show a menu asking if you want to move or copy or (additionally) create a shortcut.
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29 Mar 2013   #10
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Barman58 View Post
Windows default is to Move a file on the same drive or to copy a file on different drive, when you drag with the left button...
Is there a way to permanently change that default?
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