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Is There A Way Or Means To Modify In Windows 7 64-Bit The Preset And Established Copying Or Moving Of File(s) Or Folder(s) Regardless If The Directory Destination Is The SAME Or A DIFFERENT Drive?

Posted on 2012-03-18
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Hello. I have a question to ask you.

Regarding Windows 7 64-bit, I notice when you drag and drop file(s) or folder(s) between 'DIFFERENT drives', it 'copies' the file(s) or folder(s) to the other drive leaving the original file(s) or folder(s) on the original drive. When you drag and drop file(s) or folder(s) between 'directories on the SAME drive', it 'moves' the file(s) or folder(s) to the new directory on the SAME drive and eliminates the file(s) or folder(s) in the original directory on the SAME drive.

My question is: Is there a way or a means to change this behavior so regardless if you wish to drag and drop the file(s) or folder(s) to either another drive or the same drive's directory, you can ONLY copy or ONLY move? ...or reverse the preset and established functions all together? How is these changes achieved?

I assume a setting somewhere (maybe deep) within Windows settings to change this method? Does it require Windows registry modifications at all or in part? Maybe there is a third party program or some working script that can be executed that will change this behavior too?

Please reply.

Thank you!
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You have a few options at your disposal.

You have already encountered the default behavior, but it can be manually altered by utilizing the keyboard.  If you hold down the Ctrl key while performing the operation, the file will always be copied regardless of the destination.  On the other hand, if you hold down the Shift key while performing the operation, the file will always be moved regardless of the destination.

Also, there are some registry changes that you can make to add "Copy to folder" and "Move to folder" options on the Windows Explorer right-click context menu:

How to Add "Copy To Folder" and "Move To Folder" to Windows 7 Context Menu
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Bazingeroo--What you describe is the way dragging and dropping works for me when left clicking and dragging and dropping within a drive and from drive to drive.
Since right clicking and dragging and dropping offers the choice of Copy or Move when I let up on the click, I can always use right clicking and have whichever option I want.
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I type too slow.  :(
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Not at all, Jcimarron.  It's all for "the home team" no matter who provides the input, and I always appreciate your contributions!
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There's also "right-click & drag" which will open a context menu when you drop the file and ask if you want to Copy or Move the file[s] (or to Cancel the operation).
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@ Run5k & jcimarron:

Hello. Nice to see you both again.

Thank you both for your comments.

Okay, you both provided me great answers and solutions. I like both your comments. I tested them and they are great.

Now, this is an unusual way I am awarding this question -- first time I have done this. I will explain.

I prefer the method by jcimarron since I use mouse over keyboard tactical manipulations. Therefore I am awarding jcimarron the "Accepted Solution". However, I am giving Run5k more points since he provides me "2" useful solutions that I WILL USE "at times' & one I will have to integrate into my computer -- the weblink in his comment.

Again, thank you both!
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@ Darr247:

Hello. Thank you for your comment.

I see you posted while I was testing and reading the comments before you. After posting my closing to this thread/question; I see you just posted. I see we 'crossed paths'. Sorry! I see your comment's answer and solution is the same as jcimarron's comment above. I do appreciate your comment!!! Thank you!!!!
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Bazingeroo--Glad to have helped.
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