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Why Do I Make Copies Accidentally?

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014 by | Filed Under: Quick Tips

Peter from Charlottetown PEI Canada writes:

I have a problem to which nobody seems to have the solution and I hope that you can shed some light on it. Specifically, I want to copy a number of files from one folder to another. I click on the first file, and then select the others while holding down the Ctrl key. Sometimes, while selecting the files to be copied, Windows suddenly makes copies of the selected files in the folder from which I wish to copy them. I reverse this process by pressing Ctrl + Z and I am asked whether I wish to delete the files (which are the copies of my selected files) and I have to re-start the entire selection process. Is there a way to avoid that Windows makes copies of my selected files?


Peter this happens to just about everybody at one time or another. It’s caused by moving your mouse more than 4 pixels when you Ctrl + click on a file. Windows assumes that you are dragging the files and want to copy them.  Unfortunately, there’s no easy fix despite 15 years of complaints about the problem.  Try not to drag your mouse.

~ Cynthia


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