To move files by dragging


Open Windows Explorer


Find the file or folder you want to move.


Make sure the destination for the file or folder you want to move is visible. For example, if you are moving a file from the My Documents folder to the desktop, you might need to resize Windows Explorer so the desktop is visible.


Drag the file or folder to the destination.


To open Windows Explorer, click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, and then click Windows Explorer

If you drag an item while pressing the right mouse button, you can move, copy, or create a shortcut to the file in its new location.

To copy the item instead of moving it, press and hold down CTRL while dragging.

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.

Related Topics

Files and folders overview

Using Windows Explorer

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