TECH TIP: Drag and Drop between Files and Applications
Here’s a neat little tip that will save you a lot of time. You can drag and drop text or graphics between different files or even different applications. Say you have some text in one Word file and you want to place it in another word file. Here’s an example - follow these steps:
1. Open the Word file that has text you want to move. And open a blank Word document.
2. Select the text (drag over it to highlight it).
3. Now hold down the Control (Ctrl) key and drag the highlighted text to the Task Bar at the bottom of the screen over the blank (Untitled )document. (Don't let the mouse button go yet - read on!)
4. The blank (Untitled) document will open and you can move the mouse to the top of the document and release the mouse button. The text is placed in the blank document.
NOTE: By holding down the Control key, you have left a copy of the selected text in the original document. If you don’t hold down the Control key, you will move the selected text from the original document and place it in the blank document.
You can do the same for graphics – hold down the Control key and drag the graphic to the Task Bar over the Blank document and move the mouse cursor to the location you want it to be place.
Now here’s a bonus.
You can also drag and drop between different applications. For example, If there is some text (or a picture) on a webpage you want to put in a Word document, just select the text and the webpage and drag it to a blank (Untitled) document (or any document) in the Task Bar. The same goes for pictures on a webpage – drag and drop them to a Word document. Note – if the text or picture you want to drag is a link, you will get the link placed in the document instead of the actual text or picture. Experiment with this.
You can also drag and drop pictures from your My Pictures folder right to a Word Document. That’s very cool! For that matter, you can drag and drop pictures from any folder to a Word document.
Try some of these drag and drop techniques – save yourself a lot of time when copying text or graphics between different files or different applications.
For more Drag and Drop tips, see this Tech Tip:
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