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Drag & Drop Opens

Thursday, November 18th, 2004 by | Filed Under: File & Disk Management, Shortcuts & Keyboard Tricks
 
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Drag & Drop Opens

Here’s a quick little one for ya.

Did you know that most programs allow you to open files by dragging & dropping them into their window? Well, they do. Really.

For example, let’s say you have a picture file sitting on your desktop and your imaging software is already running. Just drag & drop the file into the program and it should open (again, this doesn’t work with every program out there, but ya don’t know till ya try).

This is really handy if you tend to have a lot of programs open at once.

Guess what? Just when you thought this couldn’t get any better, it does! You can use this trick to open multiple files at once. Select the files you want, then just drag and drop the group to your program. (Note – if you need help in the multiple selection dept, head to http://www.worldstart.com/tips/tips.php/993)

Here’s a shot of me opening 4 pictures at once. Let me tell ya, it was pretty exciting. My mouse is still quivering.

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What if the program you want to drag to is minimized on your toolbar? Not a problem—just drag your file to its little button and hold (don’t let go of that left mouse button). After a couple seconds the program window will open and you’ll be able to drop the file into it.

Imagine how cool you’ll look at the next computer expo with this little gem…

~ Andrew

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