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Right-click to drag-drop

Thursday, November 10th, 2005 by | Filed Under: MS Office Help, MS Word

Drag And Drop With A Right Click?

Yep, that’s what I said! Right click!

We often find ourselves moving text in MS Word with a quick drag and drop, but did you know that if you use a right click instead of a left click, Word will offer you far more than the usual move text thing?

Next time you want to move or even copy text simply follow these steps:

  • Highlight the text
  • Move your mouse pointer over the highlighted text
  • Right click
  • Drag to a new location

When you release the right mouse button, you won’t see and instant move in the text as you usually would. Instead, you’ll see a small menu pop open.


To complete the process make a choice from the menu.

The obvious choices of “Move Here” and “Copy Here” really don’t need explanation. They work exactly as you’d expect.

The “Link Here” choice is an interesting bonus to the concept of copy / paste. Linking the text will not only copy the text but also create a link between the copy and the original. This gives you the benefit of updating. Linked text will automatically update to match the original text whenever it’s changed. Very cool…

There’s also the “Create Hyperlink Here” choice. This one will make the text in the new location a clickable link that takes the cursor back to the original. Changes in the original text will not automatically update in the hyperlink text. Once it’s created, you have to make all changes manually.

And, of course, there the ever popular “Cancel” choice at the bottom, just in case you decide that the whole thing is a bad idea.

Now if only we could have a cancel option on a few of the non-computer decisions we seem to make all too frequently...

~ April

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