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    Is it possible to move rather than copy with the mouse

    To repeat the title more clearly, if I drag and drop a file from the desktop to a folder, say home, on the desktop, it copies the file. I would rather move it there (or copy and delete the original automatically, which is the same I guess). Is this possible?

    More generally, if I want to change GUI options, is there any general way of doing it? I know how make aliases start at boot for the command, and conceptually it seems similar, but I imagine it may not be as easy to implement.
    Last edited by joetait; February 12th, 2012 at 08:22 PM. Reason: Grammar

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    Re: Is it possible to move rather than copy with the mouse

    Press shift during the operation.

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    Re: Is it possible to move rather than copy with the mouse

    By default a file is moved when drag/dropping between folders in the same
    drive partition.
    When drag/dropping between folders on different drive partitions the default is
    to copy.

    • To force the file to be moved, hold down the Shift key while dragging.
    • To force the file to be copied, hold down the Ctrl key while dragging.
    • To create a link to the file, hold down the Ctrl+shft keys while dragging.
    • To get a dialogue popup to choose whether to move,copy or link drag and drop with the middle mouse button.

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    Re: Is it possible to move rather than copy with the mouse

    Thanks very much to both of you

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