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Fairly regularly I left double-click to open a folder, as usual, but instead manage to move the entire folder into another one (the folder above it or below it) by accident.

Any tips on getting a "warning window" to come up before a move occurs? That way I can just hit cancel (unless of course I hit OK by accident too :)

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you could turn the drag/drop off as a workaround , if you need that just leave a comment here – subanki Sep 13 '10 at 9:46
The drag and drop is great; it's just that I wish I had a confirmation window appear before the actual move. That would save me the extra hassle of unmoving accidentally moved get the idea. – andrz_001 Sep 13 '10 at 10:33
Maybe you could adjust your mouse settings? I'm thinking adjusting the double-click timer may help? Unlikely, but thought I'd mention it in case you've not explored those options yet. – DMA57361 Sep 13 '10 at 11:05
@Andraz I have been searching for the answer or any tool to do so in Google search from the time you posted this question . I am not able to find it any-where. – subanki Sep 13 '10 at 11:18
I don't think there's any way to do what you want; not built into Explorer anyway. The suggestion of increasing drag threshold will probably help though. Another thing that helps me in this situation is undo. If you accidentally do something in Explorer (including the desktop and most other folders), as long as you notice that something unintended happened, you can go to Explorer's menu and select Edit > Undo. A summary of what will be undone is displayed in the status bar at the bottom of the Explorer window if you navigate to Undo without actually clicking it or pressing Enter. – boot13 Sep 13 '10 at 13:24
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You should increase the drag threshold of your mouse. This is a value that determines how far you must click-and-drag before Windows will recognize the action as a "move" operation. This article explains what you're trying to achieve.

You can use Windows XP Power Toys to change the mouse sensitivity (direct download link). Select Mouse and change the "Drag" on right side. You might want to set the drag threshold to a very large value like 50 or 100 pixels, or a smaller value if that is enough to prevent the mistakes you're seeing.

Alternative: This page contains a tool that will help you set your mouse sensitivity. Here is a direct download link to the tool.

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Absolutely brilliant answer. Works like a charm. Thank you! – andrz_001 Sep 14 '10 at 11:31
bows You're welcome. – Torben Gundtofte-Bruun Sep 14 '10 at 12:23

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