File Drag and Drop Copies Instead of Moves

You might have experienced when attempting to drag and drop a file in Windows Explorer that the operation merely made a copy rather than moved the file.  One reason this happens is that when a file is dragged to a different disk, Windows copies it rather than moves it; to move the file to a different disk, press and hold down SHIFT while dragging. Here are the keys that modify a drag and drop:
  • Holding the CONTROL key while dragging copies a file.
  • Holding the SHIFT key while dragging moves a file.
  • Holding the ALT key creates a shortcut.
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; a context menu will appear that lets you choose the option you want. 

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