How to Drag, Drop, and Run in Windows 8 - dummies

How to Drag, Drop, and Run in Windows 8

By Andy Rathbone

Although the phrase drag and drop sounds as if it’s straight out of a Mafia guidebook, it’s really a nonviolent mouse trick used throughout Windows8. Dragging and dropping is a way of moving something — say, an icon on your desktop — from one place to another.

To drag, put the mouse pointer over the icon and hold down the left or right mouse button. As you move the mouse across your desk, the pointer drags the icon across the screen. Place the pointer/icon where you want it and release the mouse button. The icon drops, unharmed.

Holding down the right mouse button while dragging and dropping makes Windows toss up a helpful little menu, asking whether you want to copy or move the icon.

Helpful Tip Department: Did you start dragging something and realize midstream that you’re dragging the wrong item? Don’t let go of the mouse button — instead, press Esc to cancel the action. Whew! (If you’ve dragged with your right mouse button and already let go of the button, there’s another exit: Choose Cancel from the pop-up menu.)

For more information about Windows 8 and its features, explore Windows 8 For Dummies, available online.