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  #16  
Old April 5th 14, 08:03 PM posted to alt.windows7.general
David E. Ross[_2_]
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Default Windows 7 file copying

On 4/5/2014 6:14 AM, Blue wrote:
Art Todesco wrote:
As I was reading another thread, "Windows 7 Files Management Glitch" it
reminded me of a problem that I've always had with Windows 7 when
copying specific files from one directory to another or from the desktop
to another directory. I start by holding the ctrl key and left click
marking the desired files. When I've selected all the desired files, I
release the ctrl key and left click grab and drop the desired files to
the other directory. However, sometimes, as I'm holding the ctrl key
and left click selecting the files to be copied, Windows just copies
them to the original source directory with the addition of "Copy of" to
the original file name. As I said, it doesn't always happen, but it
does maybe 20% of the time, especially if a lot of files are involved.
It's a mess to clean up because I mark those "copy" file holding the
ctrl key and Windows might do it again making "copy (2) of" for the
marked files. Grrrrr. Any ideas?


Why don't you just select what you want to copy, copy it, go to where
you want it to be and paste it?



Doing exactly what you suggest, I have seen this problem with Windows 7.
I also saw this same problem with Windows XP.

I rarely select, drag, and drop. I ususally select, Copy or Cut, and
Paste. If I am selecting several objects to copy or move to a different
folder, however, I sometimes wind up with redundant copies in the source
folder. Perhaps my 70+ years old hand is not sufficiently steady, but I
don't know how to compensate within Windows.

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  #17  
Old April 5th 14, 09:58 PM posted to alt.windows7.general
R. C. White
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Default Windows 7 file copying

Hi, David.

Wolf already posted the correct procedure here two days ago:

Right-button hold, drag to destination, release, menu appears, select what
you want. Never makes a copy, and allows override of default.


This is the method that I use and it always works fine with my 78-year-old
hands. ;) I use it now in Win8.1, but it also worked in Win7 and several
previous Windows versions, as I recall.

It even works with copying (or moving) multiple files. First, select the
files by using the Shift and/or Control key with the mouse. Then click and
hold the Right mouse button on any one of the highlighted items and move it
to your target. Don't rush; let Explorer show you exactly where it proposes
to put your file(s); if the target folder has subfolders, they will appear
in a moment or two. A popup will show you, with a blue line or highlight
for even more clarity, saying something like "Copy to BACKUP". When you
have the right location selected, release the mouse button.

And even then, you have one final chance: A very reassuring popup then
appears. It offers to Copy here, Move here, Create a shortcut here - or
Cancel.

I use Copy or Cut and Paste for text and other objects, but almost never to
move or copy files or folders.

RC
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San Marcos, TX

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"David E. Ross" wrote in message ...

On 4/5/2014 6:14 AM, Blue wrote:
Art Todesco wrote:
As I was reading another thread, "Windows 7 Files Management Glitch" it
reminded me of a problem that I've always had with Windows 7 when
copying specific files from one directory to another or from the desktop
to another directory. I start by holding the ctrl key and left click
marking the desired files. When I've selected all the desired files, I
release the ctrl key and left click grab and drop the desired files to
the other directory. However, sometimes, as I'm holding the ctrl key
and left click selecting the files to be copied, Windows just copies
them to the original source directory with the addition of "Copy of" to
the original file name. As I said, it doesn't always happen, but it
does maybe 20% of the time, especially if a lot of files are involved.
It's a mess to clean up because I mark those "copy" file holding the
ctrl key and Windows might do it again making "copy (2) of" for the
marked files. Grrrrr. Any ideas?


Why don't you just select what you want to copy, copy it, go to where
you want it to be and paste it?



Doing exactly what you suggest, I have seen this problem with Windows 7.
I also saw this same problem with Windows XP.

I rarely select, drag, and drop. I ususally select, Copy or Cut, and
Paste. If I am selecting several objects to copy or move to a different
folder, however, I sometimes wind up with redundant copies in the source
folder. Perhaps my 70+ years old hand is not sufficiently steady, but I
don't know how to compensate within Windows.

--
David E. Ross

  #18  
Old April 5th 14, 11:39 PM posted to alt.windows7.general
choro
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Default Windows 7 file copying

On 05/04/2014 21:58, R. C. White wrote:
Hi, David.

Wolf already posted the correct procedure here two days ago:

Right-button hold, drag to destination, release, menu appears, select
what you want. Never makes a copy, and allows override of default.


This is the method that I use and it always works fine with my
78-year-old hands. ;) I use it now in Win8.1, but it also worked in
Win7 and several previous Windows versions, as I recall.

It even works with copying (or moving) multiple files. First, select
the files by using the Shift and/or Control key with the mouse. Then
click and hold the Right mouse button on any one of the highlighted
items and move it to your target. Don't rush; let Explorer show you
exactly where it proposes to put your file(s); if the target folder has
subfolders, they will appear in a moment or two. A popup will show you,
with a blue line or highlight for even more clarity, saying something
like "Copy to BACKUP". When you have the right location selected,
release the mouse button.

And even then, you have one final chance: A very reassuring popup then
appears. It offers to Copy here, Move here, Create a shortcut here - or
Cancel.

I use Copy or Cut and Paste for text and other objects, but almost never
to move or copy files or folders.


Why not use Cut & Paste, much neater and you are far less likely to drag
the files being moved to the wrong folder. The methods below apply not
only to files but to whole folders too.

Another neat method is of course to have 2 copies of Windows Explorer
open one showing the files to be moved from and the other Explorer
windows showing the folder where the files are to be moved. You then
merely highlight the files to be moved and drag them across to the
folder you want to move them to.
--
choro
*****

RC
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San Marcos, TX

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Windows Live Mail 2012 (Build 16.4.3522.0110) in Win8.1 Pro with Media
Center


"David E. Ross" wrote in message ...

On 4/5/2014 6:14 AM, Blue wrote:
Art Todesco wrote:
As I was reading another thread, "Windows 7 Files Management Glitch" it
reminded me of a problem that I've always had with Windows 7 when
copying specific files from one directory to another or from the desktop
to another directory. I start by holding the ctrl key and left click
marking the desired files. When I've selected all the desired files, I
release the ctrl key and left click grab and drop the desired files to
the other directory. However, sometimes, as I'm holding the ctrl key
and left click selecting the files to be copied, Windows just copies
them to the original source directory with the addition of "Copy of" to
the original file name. As I said, it doesn't always happen, but it
does maybe 20% of the time, especially if a lot of files are involved.
It's a mess to clean up because I mark those "copy" file holding the
ctrl key and Windows might do it again making "copy (2) of" for the
marked files. Grrrrr. Any ideas?


Why don't you just select what you want to copy, copy it, go to where
you want it to be and paste it?



Doing exactly what you suggest, I have seen this problem with Windows 7.
I also saw this same problem with Windows XP.

I rarely select, drag, and drop. I ususally select, Copy or Cut, and
Paste. If I am selecting several objects to copy or move to a different
folder, however, I sometimes wind up with redundant copies in the source
folder. Perhaps my 70+ years old hand is not sufficiently steady, but I
don't know how to compensate within Windows.

  #19  
Old April 6th 14, 02:26 AM posted to alt.windows7.general
R. C. White
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Default Windows 7 file copying

Hi, Choro.

Why not use Cut & Paste, ...


No reason. Just that I never really tried doing it that way. The
highlight-and-drag method works so well for me that I haven't tried that
one. We can release the button after all the files are selected and they
will remain highlighted, so we can be sure we haven't selected too few or
too many before we right-click and drag.

The 2-window method works well, too, especially if the target is on a
different drive. But we have to open the two windows and navigate to the
proper locations in both of them. Often, the right-click-and-drag can be
completed in less time than opening the second window to the target
location. And, of course, after both windows are open, the drag (or
copy'n'paste) still must be done - and the right-click-and-drag technique
might still be a better way to do it.

I have no arguments with those who prefer other methods. It's good to have
multiple methods available; some work better in different situations. But I
wanted to be sure that David didn't miss Wolf's post.

RC
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San Marcos, TX

Microsoft Windows MVP (2002-2010)
Windows Live Mail 2012 (Build 16.4.3522.0110) in Win8.1 Pro with Media
Center


"choro" wrote in message ...

On 05/04/2014 21:58, R. C. White wrote:
Hi, David.

Wolf already posted the correct procedure here two days ago:

Right-button hold, drag to destination, release, menu appears, select
what you want. Never makes a copy, and allows override of default.


This is the method that I use and it always works fine with my
78-year-old hands. ;) I use it now in Win8.1, but it also worked in
Win7 and several previous Windows versions, as I recall.

It even works with copying (or moving) multiple files. First, select
the files by using the Shift and/or Control key with the mouse. Then
click and hold the Right mouse button on any one of the highlighted
items and move it to your target. Don't rush; let Explorer show you
exactly where it proposes to put your file(s); if the target folder has
subfolders, they will appear in a moment or two. A popup will show you,
with a blue line or highlight for even more clarity, saying something
like "Copy to BACKUP". When you have the right location selected,
release the mouse button.

And even then, you have one final chance: A very reassuring popup then
appears. It offers to Copy here, Move here, Create a shortcut here - or
Cancel.

I use Copy or Cut and Paste for text and other objects, but almost never
to move or copy files or folders.


Why not use Cut & Paste, much neater and you are far less likely to drag
the files being moved to the wrong folder. The methods below apply not
only to files but to whole folders too.

Another neat method is of course to have 2 copies of Windows Explorer
open one showing the files to be moved from and the other Explorer
windows showing the folder where the files are to be moved. You then
merely highlight the files to be moved and drag them across to the
folder you want to move them to.
--
choro
*****

RC


"David E. Ross" wrote in message ...

On 4/5/2014 6:14 AM, Blue wrote:
Art Todesco wrote:
As I was reading another thread, "Windows 7 Files Management Glitch" it
reminded me of a problem that I've always had with Windows 7 when
copying specific files from one directory to another or from the desktop
to another directory. I start by holding the ctrl key and left click
marking the desired files. When I've selected all the desired files, I
release the ctrl key and left click grab and drop the desired files to
the other directory. However, sometimes, as I'm holding the ctrl key
and left click selecting the files to be copied, Windows just copies
them to the original source directory with the addition of "Copy of" to
the original file name. As I said, it doesn't always happen, but it
does maybe 20% of the time, especially if a lot of files are involved.
It's a mess to clean up because I mark those "copy" file holding the
ctrl key and Windows might do it again making "copy (2) of" for the
marked files. Grrrrr. Any ideas?


Why don't you just select what you want to copy, copy it, go to where
you want it to be and paste it?



Doing exactly what you suggest, I have seen this problem with Windows 7.
I also saw this same problem with Windows XP.

I rarely select, drag, and drop. I ususally select, Copy or Cut, and
Paste. If I am selecting several objects to copy or move to a different
folder, however, I sometimes wind up with redundant copies in the source
folder. Perhaps my 70+ years old hand is not sufficiently steady, but I
don't know how to compensate within Windows.


  #20  
Old April 6th 14, 03:51 AM posted to alt.windows7.general
Steve Hayes[_2_]
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Default Windows 7 file copying

On Sat, 05 Apr 2014 12:03:40 -0700, "David E. Ross"
wrote:

On 4/5/2014 6:14 AM, Blue wrote:
Art Todesco wrote:
As I was reading another thread, "Windows 7 Files Management Glitch" it
reminded me of a problem that I've always had with Windows 7 when
copying specific files from one directory to another or from the desktop
to another directory. I start by holding the ctrl key and left click
marking the desired files. When I've selected all the desired files, I
release the ctrl key and left click grab and drop the desired files to
the other directory. However, sometimes, as I'm holding the ctrl key
and left click selecting the files to be copied, Windows just copies
them to the original source directory with the addition of "Copy of" to
the original file name. As I said, it doesn't always happen, but it
does maybe 20% of the time, especially if a lot of files are involved.
It's a mess to clean up because I mark those "copy" file holding the
ctrl key and Windows might do it again making "copy (2) of" for the
marked files. Grrrrr. Any ideas?


Why don't you just select what you want to copy, copy it, go to where
you want it to be and paste it?



Doing exactly what you suggest, I have seen this problem with Windows 7.
I also saw this same problem with Windows XP.

I rarely select, drag, and drop. I ususally select, Copy or Cut, and
Paste. If I am selecting several objects to copy or move to a different
folder, however, I sometimes wind up with redundant copies in the source
folder. Perhaps my 70+ years old hand is not sufficiently steady, but I
don't know how to compensate within Windows.


That's because Windows Explorer has a clunky interface, and there are several
3rd party improvements, like File Commander.


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  #21  
Old April 6th 14, 03:20 PM posted to alt.windows7.general
Brian Gregory
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Default Windows 7 file copying

On 03/04/2014 13:35, Art Todesco wrote:
As I was reading another thread, "Windows 7 Files Management Glitch" it
reminded me of a problem that I've always had with Windows 7 when
copying specific files from one directory to another or from the desktop
to another directory. I start by holding the ctrl key and left click
marking the desired files. When I've selected all the desired files, I
release the ctrl key and left click grab and drop the desired files to
the other directory. However, sometimes, as I'm holding the ctrl key
and left click selecting the files to be copied, Windows just copies
them to the original source directory with the addition of "Copy of" to
the original file name. As I said, it doesn't always happen, but it
does maybe 20% of the time, especially if a lot of files are involved.
It's a mess to clean up because I mark those "copy" file holding the
ctrl key and Windows might do it again making "copy (2) of" for the
marked files. Grrrrr. Any ideas?



I think it's just if you accidentally move the mouse slightly while you
are clicking the files.

Either be more careful, decrease your mouse sensitivity or I think you
can tweak something in the registry to make it less sensitive (by
increasing the amount of movement necessary to change a click into a drag).

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  #22  
Old April 7th 14, 04:53 PM posted to alt.windows7.general
Brian Gregory
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Default Windows 7 file copying

On 06/04/2014 15:20, Brian Gregory wrote:
Either be more careful, decrease your mouse sensitivity or I think you
can tweak something in the registry to make it less sensitive (by
increasing the amount of movement necessary to change a click into a drag).


Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Mouse]
"DoubleClickWidth"="4"
"MouseHoverHeight"="4"


4 seems to be the default. Try increasing them.
You may need to reboot for thje new values to take effect. I haven't tested.

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  #23  
Old April 7th 14, 04:57 PM posted to alt.windows7.general
Brian Gregory
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Default Windows 7 file copying

On 06/04/2014 15:20, Brian Gregory wrote:
I think it's just if you accidentally move the mouse slightly while you
are clicking the files.

Either be more careful, decrease your mouse sensitivity or I think you
can tweak something in the registry to make it less sensitive (by
increasing the amount of movement necessary to change a click into a drag).


IGNORE PREVIOUS REPLY WITH REGISTRY DETAILS -- IT'S COMPLETELY WRONG!!!

SORRY.

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  #24  
Old April 7th 14, 05:08 PM posted to alt.windows7.general
Brian Gregory
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Default Windows 7 file copying

On 06/04/2014 15:20, Brian Gregory wrote:
I think it's just if you accidentally move the mouse slightly while you
are clicking the files.

Either be more careful, decrease your mouse sensitivity or I think you
can tweak something in the registry to make it less sensitive (by
increasing the amount of movement necessary to change a click into a drag).


Okay, this time I have it right.

Increase these values.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop]
"DragHeight"="4"
"DragWidth"="4"


4 is seems to be the default.
You seem to need to log out and in again for changes to take effect.

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