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Moving & Copying Items

In addition to moving icons around within a window or on the desktop (see Chapter 2), you can move or copy items to other locations on the same disk or to other disks by dragging them:

  • When you drag an item to a location on the same disk, the item is moved to that location.
  • When you drag an item to a location on another disk, the item is copied to that location.
  • When you hold down option.gif while dragging an item to a location on the same disk, the item is copied to that location.

The next few pages provide instructions for all of these techniques, as well as instructions for duplicating items.

To move an item to another location on the same disk

  1. Drag the icon for the item that you want to move as follows:
    • To move the item into a specific folder on the disk, drag the icon onto the icon for the folder. The destination folder icon becomes selected when the mouse pointer moves over it ( Figure 28 ).
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      Figure 28 Drag the icon onto the icon for the folder to which you want to move it...

    • To move the item into a specific window on the disk, drag the icon into the window. A border appears around the inside of the destination window ( Figure 29 ).
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      Figure 29 ...or drag the icon into the window in which you want to move it.

  2. Release the mouse button. The item moves.

To copy an item to another disk

  1. Drag the icon for the item that you want to copy as follows:
    • To copy the item to the top (or root) level of a disk, drag the icon to the icon for the destination disk ( Figure 30 ).
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      Figure 30 Drag the icon to the destination disk's icon ...

    • To copy the item into a folder on the disk, drag the icon to the icon for the folder on the destination disk ( Figure 31 ).
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      Figure 31 ...or to a folder icon in a window on the destination disk, ...

    • To copy the item into a specific window on the disk, drag the icon into the window ( Figure 32 ).
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      Figure 32 ...or to an open window on the destination disk.

    When the item you are dragging moves on top of the destination location, a plus sign in a green circle appears beneath the mouse pointer. If the destination is an icon, the icon becomes selected.
  2. Release the mouse button. A Copy window like the one in Figure 33 appears. When it disappears, the copy is complete.
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    Figure 33 A window like this indicates copy progress.

To copy an item to another location on the same disk

  1. Hold down option.gif while dragging the icon for the item that you want to copy onto a folder icon ( Figure 35 ) or into a window (Figure 36).
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    Figure 35 Hold down while dragging the item onto a folder...

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    Figure 36 ...or into a window on the same disk.

    When the mouse pointer on the item you are dragging moves on top of the destination location, a plus sign in a green circle appears beneath it. If the destination is an icon, the icon becomes highlighted.
  2. Release the mouse button. A Copy window like the one in Figure 33 appears. When it disappears, the copy is complete.

To duplicate an item

  1. Select the item that you want to duplicate.
  2. Choose File > Duplicate ( Figure 37 ), or press ctrld.gif .
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    Figure 37 Choose Duplicate from the File menu.

Or

Hold down option.gif while dragging the item that you want to duplicate to a different location in the same window.

A copy of the item you duplicated appears beside the original. The word copy is appended to the file name ( Figure 38 ).

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Figure 38 A duplicate appears with the original.

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