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Move files instead of Copy to an secondary HDD

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a b $ Windows 7
December 10, 2010 3:47:19 AM

So I have a secondary drive where I store all my data, with some shortcuts to that drive on my desktop. I want to be able to drag files from the desktop into the shortcut folder and have the files move them there instead of copying them and than I would manually have to delete the file afterwards. Is there some sort of registry tweak to do this. I dont mind if it effects every device I plug in. Or is that just not possible?

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December 10, 2010 4:54:05 AM

Pressing <Shift> while dragging your files enforces a Move.
(similarly, <Ctrl> enforces COPY; and <Alt> enforces COPY A SHORTCUT ONLY).

There is also a simple way to put "Move to folder" context menu choice to Windows Explorer:

However, personally I only use "Move to" sparingly because it is too dangerous...

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a b $ Windows 7
December 10, 2010 6:07:02 AM

If you drag using the right mouse button instead of the left, it will give you a pop-up asking whether you want to copy or move.
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a c 255 $ Windows 7
December 10, 2010 1:53:26 PM


That's how I do it as it only takes one hand to do it instead of two. ;) 
a b $ Windows 7
December 10, 2010 4:33:48 PM

Thanks Herr_Koos, and EnvH
a b $ Windows 7
December 10, 2010 4:34:23 PM

Best answer selected by Snipergod87.