Thursday, 23 January 2014

drag-and-drop errors in OS X Finder

When you have dragged files to a mistaken location by accident in the OS X Finder, there are some approaches to undiscovered this without needing to select and drag all of them back.

Similarly as with most realistic working frameworks where you have filesystem access, OS X offers the capacity by means of the Finder to arrange documents. You can make new organizers and duplicate or move indexes into them utilizing the console, yet the essential mode for doing this is to click and drag a choice of records utilizing the rodent. 

This methodology is natural, yet does have the potential, particularly relying upon the rodent data mechanism you are utilizing, to run into an issue or two with incidentally replicating or moving documents to the wrong area. Case in point, in the event that you are not excessively acquainted with Apple's trackpad, then you may click and drag a thing to a target area, however in the event that your finger slips past the edge of the rodent, you may unintentionally let go and the index may be discharged and moved to an undesired area. 

At different times, you may begin a click-and-drag routine however then basically use up space on your data mechanism to move (once more, for instance the edge of the trackpad). 

When you run into these issues and have dragged records to areas you don't need, then there are a few approaches to stop or return the progressions you made. 

Cancel the drag process

If you are in the middle of dragging files and find you need to reposition your mouse or finger on the trackpad, you can stop the current file-dragging process by simply tapping the escape key. There is no need to bring the files back to their original location, simply press Escape before releasing your finger and the files will be released from being dragged.

Cancel the copy process

If you have already released your mouse button and the system has started counting up a number of files to copy, you can click the little "X" button in the copy window to stop this process. In OS X, file copying is all-or-none for the entire selection of files, which means that if you click this to cancel the copy, then all files being copied will be reverted. This can be a quick way to stop a copy process, but does depend on the copy process taking enough time to show this copy progress window (e.g., if you are copying a large number of files, or copying to a relatively slow medium like a network resource).

Undo the copy or move

If you have already copied the files and were not able to see or interact with the copy progress window to cancel it (as might be the case with a single file or two), then you can undo most moves in the Finder by simply pressing Command-Z (the universal "undo" hotkey). This can also be accessed from the Edit menu, and after invoking it, any files copied or moved will be moved back to their original locations.

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