Thursday, December 18, 2008

Option-drag to copy

Here's a little trick I use aaaaaall the time, but which I'm sure many people won't know. I learned it many years ago from David Pogue. (I don't know there is an equivalent move in Windows.)

On the Mac, if you want to copy an element (text, image, folder, file...), hold down the option key (the one unhelpfully labeled "alt") and drag the item to where you want to copy it to. Viola. (That's Danish for "voila".) (Not really.)


Steve said...

I copied some text from this blog in Linux by highlighting it, left click hold and drag into a word processor and BAM! the text is in there. :)

Alex said...

Yeah, Windows has a few similar, highlight whatever (file, text, image) and drag to move, ctrl drag to copy.

eolake said...

Steve, thanks.
Probably when you do it *between* two applications, you don't even need the option/alt key.

neeraj said...

In many Windows applications, when you are doing "Drag and Drop" (highlighting, left click hold and drag), additionally holding down "Ctrl" will force copying (mostly not needed, because it is default), and holding down "Shift" will force moving.