Drag and Drop
Windows NT / Windows 2000 / Windows XP supports drag and drop functionality on
the desktop and within Explorer.
- Cancel drag and drop operation : press Esc
- Move an object : use mouse button 1 (MB1) (normally
left-click drag) to drag the object from one folder to another on the same
drive. Use Shift + MB1 and drag to force a move.
- Copy an object : use MB1 to drag the object from one
folder to another on a different drive. Use Ctrl + MB1 and drag to force a copy.
- Drag from application to application : use MB1 to
drag an object, hold it over the tray button for the application until the
application window is opened in the forefront allowing you to continue without
rearranging the open windows.
- Drag and Drop Dialog Box : use MB2 (normally
right-click drag) to drag an object from one folder to another. From the drag
and drop dialog box, select whether to
- Move Here
- Copy Here
- Create Shortcut(s) Here
- Move Here
- Drag and print : assuming you have created a printer
shortcut on the desktop, you can print to it by dragging a file and dropping it
onto the printer shortcut icon.
- Drag to Run Dialog : drop a program on Run and it
will start up. Drop a file and if it has a program association, the program will
start up with the file opened.
- Drag a group : To drag and drop a group of objects,
hold down the Shift key and select the object you want to operate on as a group.
When you left-drag a file or folder, pay attention to the icon on what is
- a small plus sign on the icon means the file or folder will be copied
- a small curving arrow means a shortcut will be made
- no change on the icon means the object will be moved
The Undo command works if you deleted or moved or copied it to somewhere by
mistake: either click Edit | Undo or Ctrl-Z