You can use Windows Explorer to move and copy files, or create file shortcuts, for instance by right-clicking selected files and folders and selecting the option from the context menu that pops up. If you prefer drag and drop operations, you may have noticed that Windows Explorer sometimes moves files, sometimes copies them, and sometimes creates file shortcuts instead.
The source and target locations determine whether dragged and dropped files get moved, copied, or if a file shortcut is created instead.Moving means that files are moved from one location to another, so that the file is only available in the new location after the operation. Copying on the other hand creates a copy of the file and places that in the selected new location. File shortcuts finally point to files but do not alter them or their location in any way. he following rules apply:
You can force copy, move and shortcut operations with the help of shortcuts:
Windows Explorer displays the selected operation in an overlay. This is done immediately if you use one of the shortcut keys, or once you drag the selected files over a new directory on the system.
Have another tip on how to handle file operations in Windows Explorer? Let me know about it in the comments below.Advertisement
Ghacks is a technology news blog that was founded in 2005 by Martin Brinkmann. It has since then become one of the most popular tech news sites on the Internet with five authors and regular contributions from freelance writers.