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Move and copy files using drag and drop in Microsoft Windows

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Symptoms

What is Drag and Drop?

Drag and Drop is a method of moving or copying a file or several files using the mouse or touchpad.

Cause

How do I Drag and Drop?

By default, if you left-click and HOLD the left mouse or touchpad button while moving your mouse pointer to a different folder location on the same drive, when you release the left mouse button the file will be moved to the new location where you released the mouse button.

If you are moving the file to a different drive or across the network to a mapped drive or another system, the file will be COPIED to the target location and the original file will remain in the original location.

Resolution

NOTE: if you Right-click and HOLD the right mouse or touchpad button while moving your mouse pointer to a different folder location on the same drive, when you release the a small contest window will appear and allow you to choose the Copy/Move/Create a shortcut function you desire at the new location where you released the mouse button.

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Last Published Date

15 Aug 2021

Version

5

Article Type

Solution