Copying and moving files in Windows 10 is one of the most basic functions that we can perform in the operating system. Either from the context menu or with the well-known keyboard shortcuts Control + C and Control + X, we can copy or cut (move) the files to the folder or directory that we want. In addition, Windows allows you to organize files simply by dragging them ( Drag & Drop ) so that they are much more comfortable to work with. However, the default operation of this feature may not be as intuitive as you might expect.
By default, when we drag one or more files to a folder within the same unit, the option that is applied by default is to move, implying that what we want to do is save the files in a different directory. However, if we drag them to another unit (a partition, another hard drive, etc.), the option that we use by default is to copy. Thus, Windows keeps an original version of the file and a copy on the destination drive.
This is useful if we want to make backup copies, or if we want to copy a file to a USB memory without losing the original. However, if what we are doing is organizing our hard drive, it can be quite tedious.
Although if we hold down the shift key while dragging the files, the “move” option is marked by default , having to be aware of pressing this key is uncomfortable for some users. Luckily, there is a simple trick for Windows 10 that allows us to make that when dragging files between two drives or hard drives, the default option is to move.
How to configure Windows 10 to move files between two drives by dragging them
To enable this feature we must make a few small changes in the Windows registry. Before continuing, we recommend that you read our regedit guide to know how to edit this registry safely and not have problems.
Once here, we move to the following registry path: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT *. In it, we will create a 32-bit DWORD value (as we explained in the regedit guide) called “DefaultDropEffect” and to which we will assign the value “2”.
We save the changes and restart the file explorer (explorer.exe process), or Windows completely. When we reopen the Windows file explorer, this change will have already taken effect and we can see how, instead of the “copy” option, now the default option is to move, even to other units.
If instead of the value “2” we assign the value “4”, instead of the option of “move” by default we can assign the option to “create direct access”, although the truth is that, in practical terms, this does not It makes a lot of sense.
How to switch back to “copy to” when we drag files to other drives
In case we want to return to the original Windows behavior, the only thing we would have to do is revert the changes. In other words, it would be enough to delete the “DefaultDropEffect” value that we created previously so that the behavior of this Windows function would go back to the same as always.