Moving items from desktop to folders

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On my work pc (XP Pro) when I drag an item from my desktop to "My Documents"
the item is moved.
On my home pc (XP Home) if I do the same thing, the item is copied to "My
Document" and I then have to delete the original left on my desktop.

What do I need to do so that I can "Move" items into My folders instead of
copying them?

Thanks
Adam
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

    When dragging a file in Explorer, you can control the operation that will be
    performed when you release the mouse button:

    Hold the Control key to force a Copy.

    Hold the Shift key to force a Move.

    Hold the Alt key to force a Create Shortcut.

    If you drag using the right mouse button, a menu appears with the commands
    Move Here, Copy Here, Create Shortcut(s) Here, and Cancel. Click the
    command you want.

    If you drag an item to another disk, it is copied, not moved. To move the
    item, press and hold down SHIFT while dragging.

    Dragging a program to a new location creates a shortcut to that program. To
    move a program, right-click and then drag the program to the new location.
    You must be logged on as an administrator to move a program.
    -----

    Raymond Chen offers a succinct guide to what happens when you drag and drop
    a
    file.

    [[Will dragging a file result in a move or a copy?
    Some people are confused by the seemingly random behavior when you drag a
    file. Do you get a move or a copy?

    And you're right to be confused because it's not obvious until you learn the
    secret. Mind you, this secret hasn't changed since 1989, but an old secret
    is still a secret just the same. (Worse: An old secret is a compatibility
    constraint.)

    • If Ctrl+Shift are held down, then the operation creates a shortcut.
    • If Shift is held down, then the operation is a move.
    • If Ctrl is held down, then the operation is a copy.
    • If no modifiers are held down and the source and destination are on the
    same drive, then the operation is a move.
    • If no modifiers are held down and the source and destination are on
    different drives, then the operation is a copy.

    This is one of the few places where the fact that there are things called
    "drives" makes itself known to the end user in a significant way. ]]
    http://blogs.msdn.com/oldnewthing/archive/2004/11/12/256472.aspx

    --
    Hope this helps. Let us know.

    Wes
    MS-MVP Windows Shell/User

    In news:1125868923.27384.0@nnrp-t71-03.news.uk.clara.net,
    adam2525 <dont_bother@this_is_not_real.com> hunted and pecked:
    > On my work pc (XP Pro) when I drag an item from my desktop to "My
    > Documents" the item is moved.
    > On my home pc (XP Home) if I do the same thing, the item is copied to "My
    > Document" and I then have to delete the original left on my desktop.
    >
    > What do I need to do so that I can "Move" items into My folders instead of
    > copying them?
    >
    > Thanks
    > Adam
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

    Wes,

    Thank you for the 101 on moving/copying items ;-).

    This has solved the issue.

    On my work PC everything is on Drive C, while on my home pc "My Documents"
    is on a different drive.

    Once again. Thanks.

    Adam


    "Wesley Vogel" <123WVogel955@comcast.net> wrote in message
    news:OOCYbGasFHA.3596@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
    > When dragging a file in Explorer, you can control the operation that will
    be
    > performed when you release the mouse button:
    >
    > Hold the Control key to force a Copy.
    >
    > Hold the Shift key to force a Move.
    >
    > Hold the Alt key to force a Create Shortcut.
    >
    > If you drag using the right mouse button, a menu appears with the commands
    > Move Here, Copy Here, Create Shortcut(s) Here, and Cancel. Click the
    > command you want.
    >
    > If you drag an item to another disk, it is copied, not moved. To move the
    > item, press and hold down SHIFT while dragging.
    >
    > Dragging a program to a new location creates a shortcut to that program.
    To
    > move a program, right-click and then drag the program to the new location.
    > You must be logged on as an administrator to move a program.
    > -----
    >
    > Raymond Chen offers a succinct guide to what happens when you drag and
    drop
    > a
    > file.
    >
    > [[Will dragging a file result in a move or a copy?
    > Some people are confused by the seemingly random behavior when you drag a
    > file. Do you get a move or a copy?
    >
    > And you're right to be confused because it's not obvious until you learn
    the
    > secret. Mind you, this secret hasn't changed since 1989, but an old
    secret
    > is still a secret just the same. (Worse: An old secret is a compatibility
    > constraint.)
    >
    > • If Ctrl+Shift are held down, then the operation creates a shortcut.
    > • If Shift is held down, then the operation is a move.
    > • If Ctrl is held down, then the operation is a copy.
    > • If no modifiers are held down and the source and destination are on the
    > same drive, then the operation is a move.
    > • If no modifiers are held down and the source and destination are on
    > different drives, then the operation is a copy.
    >
    > This is one of the few places where the fact that there are things called
    > "drives" makes itself known to the end user in a significant way. ]]
    > http://blogs.msdn.com/oldnewthing/archive/2004/11/12/256472.aspx
    >
    > --
    > Hope this helps. Let us know.
    >
    > Wes
    > MS-MVP Windows Shell/User
    >
    > In news:1125868923.27384.0@nnrp-t71-03.news.uk.clara.net,
    > adam2525 <dont_bother@this_is_not_real.com> hunted and pecked:
    > > On my work pc (XP Pro) when I drag an item from my desktop to "My
    > > Documents" the item is moved.
    > > On my home pc (XP Home) if I do the same thing, the item is copied to
    "My
    > > Document" and I then have to delete the original left on my desktop.
    > >
    > > What do I need to do so that I can "Move" items into My folders instead
    of
    > > copying them?
    > >
    > > Thanks
    > > Adam
    >
  3. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

    Adam,

    I like the 101 part. :-) Keep having fun.

    --
    Hope this helps. Let us know.

    Wes
    MS-MVP Windows Shell/User

    In news:1125913646.31225.0@spandrell.news.uk.clara.net,
    adam2525 <dont_bother@this_is_not_real.com> hunted and pecked:
    > Wes,
    >
    > Thank you for the 101 on moving/copying items ;-).
    >
    > This has solved the issue.
    >
    > On my work PC everything is on Drive C, while on my home pc "My
    > Documents" is on a different drive.
    >
    > Once again. Thanks.
    >
    > Adam
    >
    >
    > "Wesley Vogel" <123WVogel955@comcast.net> wrote in message
    > news:OOCYbGasFHA.3596@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
    >> When dragging a file in Explorer, you can control the operation that
    >> will be performed when you release the mouse button:
    >>
    >> Hold the Control key to force a Copy.
    >>
    >> Hold the Shift key to force a Move.
    >>
    >> Hold the Alt key to force a Create Shortcut.
    >>
    >> If you drag using the right mouse button, a menu appears with the
    >> commands Move Here, Copy Here, Create Shortcut(s) Here, and Cancel.
    >> Click the command you want.
    >>
    >> If you drag an item to another disk, it is copied, not moved. To move
    >> the item, press and hold down SHIFT while dragging.
    >>
    >> Dragging a program to a new location creates a shortcut to that program.
    >> To move a program, right-click and then drag the program to the new
    >> location. You must be logged on as an administrator to move a program.
    >> -----
    >>
    >> Raymond Chen offers a succinct guide to what happens when you drag and
    >> drop a
    >> file.
    >>
    >> [[Will dragging a file result in a move or a copy?
    >> Some people are confused by the seemingly random behavior when you drag a
    >> file. Do you get a move or a copy?
    >>
    >> And you're right to be confused because it's not obvious until you learn
    >> the secret. Mind you, this secret hasn't changed since 1989, but an old
    >> secret is still a secret just the same. (Worse: An old secret is a
    >> compatibility constraint.)
    >>
    >> • If Ctrl+Shift are held down, then the operation creates a shortcut.
    >> • If Shift is held down, then the operation is a move.
    >> • If Ctrl is held down, then the operation is a copy.
    >> • If no modifiers are held down and the source and destination are on the
    >> same drive, then the operation is a move.
    >> • If no modifiers are held down and the source and destination are on
    >> different drives, then the operation is a copy.
    >>
    >> This is one of the few places where the fact that there are things called
    >> "drives" makes itself known to the end user in a significant way. ]]
    >> http://blogs.msdn.com/oldnewthing/archive/2004/11/12/256472.aspx
    >>
    >> --
    >> Hope this helps. Let us know.
    >>
    >> Wes
    >> MS-MVP Windows Shell/User
    >>
    >> In news:1125868923.27384.0@nnrp-t71-03.news.uk.clara.net,
    >> adam2525 <dont_bother@this_is_not_real.com> hunted and pecked:
    >>> On my work pc (XP Pro) when I drag an item from my desktop to "My
    >>> Documents" the item is moved.
    >>> On my home pc (XP Home) if I do the same thing, the item is copied to
    >>> "My Document" and I then have to delete the original left on my desktop.
    >>>
    >>> What do I need to do so that I can "Move" items into My folders instead
    >>> of copying them?
    >>>
    >>> Thanks
    >>> Adam
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