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I have a special folder which I always drag and drop many files to. How can I change the default "Copy to" action to be "Move to"?

This is what I mean:

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I know I can do it by pressing Ctrl or Shift but I want to change the default action to avoid making mistakes.

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Ctrl=Copy, Shift=Move <-- thanks for that tip. But shift AFTER you click to drag. Shift clicking on one file when another is already selected, selects a bunch of files, which could be inadvertently moved. –  BobStein-VisiBone May 9 at 21:29

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You can achieve this effect my mapping the folder as a separate drive, that way causing the "copy default" behaviour when dragging to that folder?

This can be done on the command line using subst:

subst <driveletter> <folder path>

Or you download and use Visual Subst.

I've tested it out (using the command line), and it does seem to work (giving the default drag-and-drop copy effect).

I haven't tried Visual Subst, but saw it mentioned online. The only advantage they mention is that it allows you to ask it to remap the drive on startup, but you can achieve this easily using the command line, by putting the command in a script and placing in the Startup folder.

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How is that possible? –  morTie Jan 7 '14 at 19:28
    
I've updated my answer with some instructions :) –  Svend Hansen Jan 9 '14 at 11:34

You can change the default behaviour of the drag and drop with Drag'n'Drop Editor

I just tried it and works perfectly. Uninstallation of the tweak also works. My OS is Windows 7 64 SP1

http://winaero.com/comment.php?comment.news.69

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I'm afraid there is no way of changing that behaviour.

If you drag & drop files without pressing any key and both locations are on the same drive, it should move it by default.

If files are on different drives, then it should copy by default.

You can continue using Shift or Ctrl as you do now, or drag & drop with your right button, which will give you the right-click menu.

Another way to do this is adding Copy to and/or Move to to the contextual menu.

Or adding options to the Send to menu. I haven't tried this one, but you can follow this tutorial.

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