Class 3.07: Moving Folders and Files

At times, files and folders may need to be moved from one location to another on a computer. You can drag and drop or cut and paste files and folders to move them.

Drag and Drop

Using the drag and drop method requires two File Explorer windows or utilizing the navigation pane on the left side of the File Explorer window.

To drag and drop a file or folder to a new location:

  1. Locate the file or folder to be moved and its new location.
  2. Open two File Explorer Windows. A single window may be used if the new location is easily accessible in the Navigation Pane.
  3. Click and, holding down the left mouse button, drag the file or folder from its current location to the new location. The text Move / Copy to [Folder Name] will appear.
  4. Release the left mouse button. The file or folder has been moved to a different location.

NOTE: When dragging and dropping, the file may be moved or copied, depending on the new location.

  • Files moved from one part of the same computer to another are moved, without leaving a copy of the file in its original location.
  • Files moved to an external storage device are copied. This leaves a copy of the file in the original location.
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