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    Moving Files

    When I go to move file it sometimes copies the files and sometimes it actually moves the files. Any reason why? I am always in Windows Explorer

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    Re: Moving Files

    I believe the rule is:
    If it is between folders on the same drive, it moves.
    If it is between folders on different drives, it copies.

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    Re: Moving Files

    Leif is correct. I fyou want more control over the process, drag files with the right mouse button, and when dropped you will be presented with a context menu that allows you to move, copy, or create a shortcut to the item.
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    Re: Moving Files

    Yes, but why do the files rarely go into the folder you point to? Quite often mine end up in the folder above or the folder below the one I highlighted.

    I never had this problem with <font color=blue>File Manager</font color=blue> (the Wonder Program). Sniff!
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    Re: Moving Files

    You can also use the modifier keys:

    Ctrl+drag copies a file
    Shift+drag moves a file
    Alt+drag creates a shortcut (this may be valid in Windows XP only)

    Actually, what matters is which modifier key you keep down when you drop the file. You can drag the file without holding a modifier key down, as long as you depress it when dropping.

    Special cases:
    Dragging and dropping an application on the same disk creates a shortcut by default.
    Dragging and dropping a file out of your Temporary Internet Files folder copies the file by default.

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    Re: Moving Files

    That particular problem has more to do with the precision of the mouse tracking and its appearance on some cursor themes, I'm afraid. Quite annoying too. I tend to right-click, cut or copy, and then right-click again on the target and paste to avoid that.
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    Re: Moving Files

    As you drag a file, watch for the

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    Re: Moving Files

    Just another thought.....If the file is of great importance, do NOT 'Move' nor 'Cut & Paste'. Instead, 'Copy' & 'Paste', then 'Delete' the original. This ensures that you won't lose the file if something happens during the process. As an added security, the file will be in your 'Trash Bin' until you empty it. (BTW, if you hold down the 'Shift' key while pressing 'Delete', your file will NOT go to the 'Trash Bin' and will NOT be retrievable.)

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    Re: Moving Files

    Hi, John ~

    <hr><small>why do the files rarely go into the folder you point to? Quite often mine end up in the folder above or the folder below the one I highlighted.</small><hr>
    The trick to this is simple....don't watch the files or the outline of the file, just watch the tip of your cursor - that is where the files will drop.

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    Re: Moving Files

    Thank you Leif. That is exactly what I was looking for.

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