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Windows 7: Can I copy files by dragging?

06 Jun 2011   #1
woodyexley

Windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 
Can I copy files by dragging?

Using Vista, I could copy files to another location by dragging the name of the file. On Windows 7, however, when I drag, it moves the file (removing it from the original location). Is it possible to copy the file to another drive by dragging without deleting it from the original location?


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06 Jun 2011   #2
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

It depends on the type of file and where you are dragging it, whether or not it would move or copy by default. If you drag with a right-click instead of the left-click, you'll be prompted with what to do....copy or move.
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06 Jun 2011   #3
woodyexley

Windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 

OK, thanks. I'll try right clicking.
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06 Jun 2011   #4
DanshuP

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 

Exactly DeaconFrost.
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06 Jun 2011   #5
woodyexley

Windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 

Thanks. It's working for me.
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06 Jun 2011   #6
t-4-2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by woodyexley View Post
Using Vista, I could copy files to another location by dragging the name of the file. On Windows 7, however, when I drag, it moves the file (removing it from the original location). Is it possible to copy the file to another drive by dragging without deleting it from the original location?
Drag/drop has one short-coming... it could get dropped to the wrong folder by mistake.

I use Copy-to or Move-to right click context menu option.
ex : right click at the folder you want to copy > click Copy to Folder > navigate to the folder you want > click Copy

This tutorial says Vista, it works the same with Win7. I installed it to my machine. Use Method One.
Context Menu - Add COPY TO FOLDER and MOVE TO FOLDER - Vista Forums
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06 Jun 2011   #7
woodyexley

Windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 

Thanks. That's helpful.
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06 Jun 2011   #8
McP2143

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit.
 
 

You could try adding a shortcut in your Send To Menu > to any drive/folder you copy to often. Send to makes copies only by default.

Read my recent thread here Sevenforums.com/general-discussion/make-send-to-move-specified-library.html about trying to force send to into moving files.

I learned lots
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06 Jun 2011   #9
woodyexley

Windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 
Can I copy files by dragging?

Thanks. That will be useful.
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06 Jun 2011   #10
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Also hold the <Shift> key down while dragging to toggle between Copy and Move. Release mouse button first.
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