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Windows 7: Moving folders from the desktop to a drive

03 Feb 2013   #1

windows 7 64 bit
Moving folders from the desktop to a drive

Hi... I'm using Windows 7 / 64 bit version.

when I move a folder that is residing on the desktop to a location in one of the drives,
the folder is more like copied to the drive where I'd like to place it, leaving the
original folder on the I now have 2 folders.... the one that is moved (copied)
and the original, still on the desktop. What I'd really like to have happen is if I want to move
the folder on the desktop, is move it from the desktop and, place it in a folder on one of the drives
and not have it as a copy.... but move the real thing, move the folder. Is there a preference somewhere
that is duplicating the folder I want to move.... as opposed to just moving it?
Thanks for the help.

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03 Feb 2013   #2

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Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1

I have always just right clicked on the folder and chose "Cut", then selected the location I want it to go and right click and chose "Paste". That works without fail.

If you are dragging the file, then you can experiment with holding the SHIFT key while dragging. That usually changes the behavior from COPY to MOVE.
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03 Feb 2013   #3

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

Yep, holding the shift key while you move the file does the trick.
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03 Feb 2013   #4

Windows Seven

You can also right-click and drag it to the new location and when you release the mouse button you will have the choice to copy or move.
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03 Feb 2013   #5

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18.3 MATE, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
Keyboard + Mouse Combos

Something I posted in 2011.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lehnerus2000 View Post
Most of these actions were mentioned above.
I've collated them here.

Keyboard + Mouse (2 Buttons + Wheel) Combos

Ctrl + drag (left mouse button)
Shift + drag (left mouse button)
Create Link/Shortcut
Alt + drag (left mouse button)
Zoom (in & out)
Ctrl + Scroll Wheel
Scroll (left & right)
Alt + Scroll Wheel
Shift + Scroll Wheel
This action depends on the program you are using (e.g. IIRC, Photoshop uses Alt and GIMP uses Shift).
Auto-Scroll (up & down, left & right)
Scroll Wheel Button
Some programs allow auto-scrolling (e.g. Word, IE, Firefox).
This places a marker on the page.
The distance and location that you move the mouse pointer (relative to the marker) controls the speed and scroll direction.
You can also use drag (right mouse button), which will give you a menu of options (when you release it) including "Cancel".

This only applies to Windows (in Linux, the GUI uses the mouse differently).
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