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Moving Files

Moving a file (or folder) is different from copying it. Moving cuts the item from its previous location and places it in a new location. Copying leaves the original item where it was and creates a copy of the item elsewhere.

In other words, when you copy something you end up with two of it. When you move something, you only have the one.

The Easy Way to Move

To move a file, follow these steps:

  1. Select the item you want to move.
  2. Click the Organize button and select Cut from the pull-down menu.
  3. Use Windows Explorer to navigate to the new location for the item.
  4. Click the Organize button and select Paste from the pull-down menu.

Other Ways to Move a File

Just as Windows provides several other ways to copy a file, you also have a choice of alternative methods for moving a file, including the following:

  • Right-click a filename and select Cut from the pop-up menu; then paste it to the new location.
  • Use your mouse to drag the file from one location to another.
  • Drag the file or folder while holding down the right mouse button. When you drop the file into a new location, you see a pop-up menu that asks whether you want to move it or copy it. Select the move option.
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