Drag And Drop With A Right Click To Copy, Create Shortcuts And More In Windows

If you're moving a file in Windows Explorer but want some extra options -- like copying it instead of moving it, or creating a shortcut in the new location -- you can use this very simple shortcut to do it.

You may already know that holding Ctrl while dragging will copy a file instead of move it, but if you drag the file with the right mouse button instead of the left, you'll get a menu of options when you release. You can choose to copy the file, move the file, create a shortcut to the file in the destination (this one's really useful), or even create an archive with 7-Zip, if you have it installed. It's just one of those little shortcuts that's extremely handy, and that we're shocked we never knew.

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


Comments

    Or you can just hold control when as you drop with a left click
    Alt to create shortcut or shift to move

      +1 Drew. (I didn't know the Alt for shortcut one)

      When giving "over the phone' technical support; I would suggest that you use the "Hold Ctrl down while you drag it with the [left click] mouse" instead of trying to get them to "click and drag with the right mouse button" --> I use it all of the time but it is very difficult to explain to someone who hasn't done it before!! (or can't 'see' you do it)

    Great shortcut - also available in Windows XP for those playing at home

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