How to Drag & Drop on a Laptop

by Ruri Ranbe

Although it's possible to use copy and paste to create duplicates of files in other locations on your hard drive, this can quickly end up consuming precious storage space on your disk. Duplicating files across multiple locations can also lead to major confusion when attempting to find the latest version of an important business document or other file on your PC. To transfer files to another directory on your laptop -- or to another storage device altogether -- you can use the drag-and-drop method.

Press "Ctrl-A" to select all of the files in a folder or on the desktop; press "Ctrl" and then click each object with the left button on the touchpad to select specific files.

Hold down the left button and drag the files to the target destination, such as another folder in Windows Explorer.

Release the button while hovering the pointer over the empty folder to drop the files into the directory.

About the Author

Ruri Ranbe has been working as a writer since 2008. She received an A.A. in English literature from Valencia College and is completing a B.S. in computer science at the University of Central Florida. Ranbe also has more than six years of professional information-technology experience, specializing in computer architecture, operating systems, networking, server administration, virtualization and Web design.

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