Jun 21 2008

Prevent Vista From Accidentally Creating Duplicates when Copying Files


Have you ever been selecting a group of files to copy in Windows Explorer by holding down the Ctrl key then all of a sudden you find a bunch of duplicate files sitting in your folder. What happened you ask. Well this happens because you moved your mouse when you clicked on a file and Windows assumed you dragged the files and wanted to copy them. Now after you delete all those duplicates here’s a way to prevent it from happening again.

This tip will require a registry edit so it’s best to create a system restore point first to back it up.

  1. Click the Start Orb and type Regedit in the search box.
  2. Click Regedit.exe at the top of the search results under programs.
  3. If you are prompted for an administrator password or for a confirmation, type the password, or click Continue.
  4. Navigate to the following key.
  5. HKEY_CURRENT_USERControl PanelDesktop
  6. When you click Desktop you will see many entries in the right pane, the ones you will edit are DragHeight and DragWidth.
  7. Double click DragHeight and set the value to 15 then do the same for DragWidth.
  8. You may need to experiment with these settings to suit style.
  9. Close the Regedit and your all set. Happy copying.

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