[Quick Tip] Hold Mouse Right Button for More Options On Drag and Drop

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Almost all of us have adapted to the drag and drop style of opening applications, playing songs and videos on players, creating bookmarks, moving files/folders and lot more. And we generally do this with the left mouse button held.

Recently, I happened to hold the right button on my mouse while trying to move a file into a folder by the drag and drop method. It was then I discovered that such a movement offers options to choose from. Let us see what they are. (We are talking about Windows computers here).

When we drag a file with the left button held we see something like Move To appearing on the activity. The result is that the dragged file/folder is moved to the dropped folder.

Drag&Drop

Doing so with the right button shows similar text (Move To). But, as soon as we leave the mouse button to drop our file/folder we are presented with a list of three options to choose from.

Right-Click-Held-Options

  • Copy here keeps the original in the current location and creates a copy in the dropped folder. It matches the copy and paste action.
  • Move here moves the original from current location to the dropped folder. It matches cut and paste action.
  • Create Shortcut here keeps the original in the current location creates a shortcut pointing to that location in the dropped folder.

Did you know about this trick? Are you going to use it for quick toggle options of file and folder movement?

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  • Ernesto Pizarro

    This has been a feature in windows for quite a few years and versions. Its weird that so many windows users don’t know about it since concepts like the context menu and right-clicking have been around for so long. Don’t remember if it was a feature in 95 or 98 but i know i’ve been using it for a long time.

  • http://www.facebook.com/attitudeboynitish Nitish Samrat

    I liked it