Drag and drop operations can be very handy in Windows Explorer. You can use drag and drop to quickly copy or move files to another location, for instance to move files into a program window or another folder on the computer's hard drive. Sometimes though you may start a drag and drop operation only to realize that you have selected some files or folders that you do not want to copy or move.
I know quite a few users who drop the selection into the same folder in this case to cancel the drag and drop operation. Since the files and folders exist in that folder, the operation is canceled and no files are added, moved or copied. When I'm saying moved or copied I mean that you can select the type of operation after you have started dragging files around but before you dropped them in a new location.
If you drop them while holding down the Shift key on the computer keyboard you move the files, while dropping them without additional key will copy the files.
But it is not always this easy. Especially not if you mistakenly drop the selection on a folder in the Windows Explorer location. If you do that, files and folders get moved or copied into that folder.
The correct way of canceling a drag and drop operation is to click the right mouse button once you have started to drag the files and folders around.
Windows will automatically cancel the operation so that everything is returned to its initial state. This only works for drag and drop operations in Windows Explorer, and not in third party applications like Firefox or Google Chrome.
Do you use drag and drop in Windows Explorer? If so, did you ever encounter a situation where you had to cancel the operation?Advertisement
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