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Sunday, March 4, 2007

Dragging or copying files?

By default, when you drag a file, it simply moves it. Sometimes, it would be cool if you could drag it in the same way but decide to copy it instead. Well, it is possible. You can hold down "Alt" when dragging the files and the little green + icon will appear confirming that you are indeed copying it. I tried taking a screenshot with the nice shortcut but it wouldn't work while dragging the files.

9 Comments:

Blogger Richard said...

If you hold down alt + command, it will create an alias of the file you are dragging

March 4, 2007 at 2:53 AM  
Blogger Edwin said...

No, it definitely copies it!

March 4, 2007 at 4:49 AM  
Blogger beginner said...

Uh... Hate to break the news to you, sport; but on the Mac, the "alt" key is called the OPTION key. The "alt" label appears on the key cap only for the benefit of Windows users.

March 4, 2007 at 1:12 PM  
Blogger jeffsgourmetjr27 said...

what is an alias?????

March 4, 2007 at 1:24 PM  
Blogger realtor3 said...

Command D does the same thing. No dragging involved.

March 4, 2007 at 1:33 PM  
Blogger some said...

If you drag a file to another drive, it automatically makes a copy of the file, leaving the original in place. Unless you hold down command (apple) key. Then it moves the file (deleting the original). tra-la.

March 4, 2007 at 3:22 PM  
Blogger Richard said...

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March 4, 2007 at 8:48 PM  
Blogger Richard said...

An alias is what a "shortcut" on windows is... i guess you could say it's kind of like what the dock does, in that it doesn't move the application, it just creates a "shortcut" or "alias" to it

March 4, 2007 at 8:51 PM  
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