Almost all Windows & Mac programs use the same techniques to Cut (Move), Copy and Paste files and folders from one location to another.
First, let me explain 3 different ways of doing Cut, Copy and Paste. Select (more on this below) what you want to move or copy, and ...
In Windows& Mac computer speak, Cut or Copy puts things on the clipboard; in layman's terms, they are held in memory. Only the last Cut or Copy is held in memory.
Once you have the practice, you may agree that the keyboard way is the fastest, especially if you mouse with the right hand. Below are some frequently used keyboard shortcuts:
|Explore||Windows Key + E|
|Find||Windows Key + F|
|Show Desktop||Windows Key + D|
|Control||Command (for most) or Control|
(The Windows Key is the one with the wavy flag logo, usually between the 'Ctrl' and 'Alt' keys)
You'll find these and other keyboard shortcuts to the right of the associated commands under File, Edit, View, etc., drop-down menus. The underlined letters means to use the 'Alt' plus letter key to access those. Experiment!
What if you have a bunch of things to move or copy? To select everything in the open window, go to 'Edit' and 'Select All' or simply press 'Ctrl+A'.
Or click on the first item, hold the 'Shift' key, then click the last item and Presto! the first, last and all items in between are selected.
To individually select items, hold the 'Ctrl' key while selecting.
Okay, you selected a bunch, so you used one of the first 2 methods, but there's a few you don't want. Hold the 'Ctrl' and click to deselect the ones you don't want to select.
You'll find the above methods work on Word documents, e-mail messages, web sites, picture & music folders and more.
Sure, you can select by dragging your mouse, and sometimes it's quicker, but I find that method less precise. How many times have you clicked and dragged through paragraphs and paragraphs of text, then accidentally loose contact with the highlighted items and have to start over?
See also: CD Burning Secrets.
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