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Windows 7: Turn drag drop into cut instead of copy?

02 Sep 2009   #11
thefabe

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3
 
 

Nice post helps me out as well thanks


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05 Sep 2009   #12
Necrowizard

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Oh btw, my original question was if you could change the drag-drop action...

So instead of holding shift, or right click drag-dropping, is there a way to change the default left-click drag option from copying to moving?
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05 Sep 2009   #13
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

i don't believe you can.

when dragging files within the same partition, move is the default action.

when dragging files from one partition to another, copy is default.

if you want to chose 'on the fly', use the right mouse button.

if you always want to move, use the shift-key modifier.
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05 Sep 2009   #14
Antman

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Necrowizard View Post
Oh btw, my original question was if you could change the drag-drop action...

So instead of holding shift, or right click drag-dropping, is there a way to change the default left-click drag option from copying to moving?
No, not to the knowledge of many. That is not to say it is impossible, just that no method has been discovered and published to date. See this thread for possible alternatives or enhancements not outlined here. There are a few tools listed there.

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21 Apr 2012   #15
VulcanTourist

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Antman View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Necrowizard View Post
Oh btw, my original question was if you could change the drag-drop action...

So instead of holding shift, or right click drag-dropping, is there a way to change the default left-click drag option from copying to moving?
No, not to the knowledge of many. That is not to say it is impossible, just that no method has been discovered and published to date. See this thread for possible alternatives or enhancements not outlined here. There are a few tools listed there.

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Actually a method to accomplish this HAS been discovered, at least when using NTFS partitions. I doubt I'm the only one to discover this little trick: junctions or the "new" symbolic links. If you want to be able to LEFT-drag-and-drop to initiate a move from one partition to another, create a junction or symlink in the source partition that points to either a specific folder in the destination partition, or even the root folder of the destination. This can be done very easily, and further managed very easily, with a tool like Link Shell Extension.

Then, when you want to be able to very quickly drag-and-drop files between those locations, you can now drag them into the junction or symlink instead, and Windows itself will be none the wiser that the files are actually moving to another partition (the filesystem handles it and abstracts that detail). I now use junctions and symlinks almost as widely as Windows 7 itself, including several for exactly this purpose.

Another similar method that occurred to me, though I haven't tried it, would be to use Disk Management to create a "mount point" for the destination in a subfolder of the source; I believe this could be created in addition to an existing drive letter for the destination. Again, it's likely to be specific to NTFS.
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16 Jun 2012   #16
rnuhouse

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

What does the cut function actually do?
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