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    Windows Explorer (XP Home)

    I don't believe that this is specifically an XP issue, but ya gotta start somewhere. I've contacted Dell tech support twice with no resolution. I'm betting someone here has an idea.

    The problem occurs in Windows Explorer when I drag and drop. If, for example, I want to copy files from Folder A to Folder F, I take the following steps:
    Open Explorer
    Left-click Folder A in the left pane to display files in the right pane.
    Right-click a file in the right pane and drag it to Folder F in the left. Folder F highlights.
    Drop the file to bring up the context menu.
    --- At this point, the context menu appears - but Folder F is no longer highlighted - Folder A is now highlighted!

    This is a little disconcerting. The copy usually works properly, but I'm always forced to CHECK that it did.

    This is a new computer (Dell 4550) and the problem was there out of the box. Any ideas would be most appreciated.
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    Re: Windows Explorer (XP Home)

    I believe you're right, that this behaviour was introduced in Windows XP. It behaved the way you WOULD LIKE back at Windows 98SE. Personally, I haven't taken the time to look around the web to see if anyone has a fix or patch. I just try to hold my mouse VERY STILL while the destination folder IS highlighted. <img src=/S/mice.gif border=0 alt=mice width=50 height=25>

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    Re: Windows Explorer (XP Home)

    Well, I think the answer is not to use right_click!

    Open the source folder and locate the file(s) you want to copy.
    Hold down Ctrl whilst you select them with a left-click.
    Drag them to the destination folder.

    (If you omit the Ctrl, they are moved, not copied.)

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    Re: Windows Explorer (XP Home)

    Uh, you've got to be careful on that one Leif. It may be because I'm one of the minority who uses SINGLE click on my machine, so the techniques are a little different. I did a Ctrl-select of several files and dragged them to another folder. They were moved, not copied. Like I said, it's probably becuase of my penchant for single-click, whereby you hold down ctrl and just hover over each file to select them.

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    Re: Windows Explorer (XP Home)

    Ah, but if you are running the single-click option, it is YOU who needs to be careful <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Windows Explorer (XP Home)

    Ain't that the truth! The ability to move the mouse pointer AROUND objects, rather than OVER them takes a lot of practice! Even after a few years of using it, the only place I still have to be very careful is when "drilling" down in folders to select a destination folder for a download. I have to be careful to keep my mouse pointer OFF any file names or in an instant the name of my download changes! Have a good day......

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    Re: Windows Explorer (XP Home)

    As an XP Newbie, I never considered the fact that this is the way XP ALWAYS works. Is THAT what you're saying, Al? Nah, couldn't be. One step forward, nineteen steps back.
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    Re: Windows Explorer (XP Home)

    What am I missing here?
    When I right click and HOLD DOWN the button, move the pointer to where I what to move it, when I release the button, it gives me the option to move, copy, make a shortcut or cancel?

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    Re: Windows Explorer (XP Home)

    Absolutely, but it's the HIGHLIGHT that's not working. If I drag a file from SOURCE and drop it on TARGET, the context menu does appear, but TARGET is no longer highlighted - SOURCE is highlighted again. It's kind of wierd to see a menu that says 'COPY HERE', when the highlighted folder is NOT where you want to copy to but ten folders above. I know it's difficult to explain. Hope I made it clear this time.
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    Re: Windows Explorer (XP Home)

    <hr>(If you omit the Ctrl, they are moved, not copied.)<hr>
    Unless you are going between two different drives, then they get copied and not moved <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Windows Explorer (XP Home)

    Keith,
    OK, I missed the "highlight" part. Sorry about that ! <img src=/S/stupidme.gif border=0 alt=stupidme width=30 height=30>
    The only thing that comes quickly to mind is if you have TweakUI for Windows, there is a spot under mousehover where you can adjust the hover time & sensitivity. Maybe?

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