We all use the drag-and-drop feature available in Windows to move a file from one folder to another, copy a file, and create a shortcut of the file. The default behaviour of drag-and-drag feature depends on whether you are doing the action on the same partition or from one partition to another partition.
When you drag-and-drop a file from one folder to another on the same partition (C:\A to C:\B), Windows moves the file from folder A to B. However, when you drag-and-drop a file from one partition to another partition (C:\A to F:\B), the file is copied instead. One can change the default behaviour of drag-and-drop feature by holding Alt, Ctrl, and Shift keys while doing the action.
When a user holds Alt key while dragging-and-dropping a file from window A to window B, Windows copies the file instead of moving. Like wise, you can create a shortcut of the file by holding Ctrl key while doing drag-and-drop operation. Pressing Shift key will move the file.
Users who regularly use the drag-and-drop feature in Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 operating systems may want to change the default behaviour of the feature. For instance, you may want to copy a file when a file is dragged from window A to window B on the same partition (C:\A to C:\B).
Drag & Drop Editor is a free utility (from our friend at WinAero website) for all recent versions of Windows. The tool lets you change the default behaviour of drag-and-drop feature. Download, run the tool and click on the behaviour that you want to apply.
Note that this tool doesn’t alter the behaviour of the feature for Ctrl, Shift, and Alt keys. Visit the developer’s page to download the utility.