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Also, if you are a programmer and use IDES as your programming
tool, and if you need a folder source outside of your project to
be included, the only way might be to drag that source that you
need into your project's window via file explorer and drop it into
On 3/15/2019 11:25 PM, Brian Vogel
On Fri, Mar 15, 2019 at 01:04 AM, James Homuth wrote:
In which situations will transferring files and
folders between applications not work using copy/paste?
Genuinely curious, as that’s how I do it on a daily basis.
James, I have an example, though before I give it I will say that
I don't even use drag and drop with sight to do this task,
preferring the "New" button option then going out and selecting
the files I want via a standard open dialog.
If you are using Google Drive, and create a new folder, in the
center of the screen for the empty folder it says, "Drop files
here, or use the New button." You can have File Explorer windows
open select files until you're blue in the face and use CTRL+C to
copy (or CTRL+X if you intended to cut for a move) but you simply
cannot paste on that particular Google Drive dialog. The only
thing that works in that instance is drop.
I can also think of instances where electronic versions of "draw
the line from thing in column A to the correct corresponding thing
in column B" type tests, that are meant to imitate the paper
version of same, only work with drag and drop. That style has
fallen out of favor largely due to accessibility issues with it.
Moving the columns displayed in the inbox (and other folders) in
Thunderbird can only be (or at least used to only be, I haven't
done this in a while) doable via drag and drop.
Because drag and drop is a fundamental feature of every GUI I've
ever used, dropping support for it in any screen reader seems to
me to be a very, very ill-thought-out decision. You may not need
to use it often, and I actually use copy/cut and paste way more
myself, but there are times when it's the only alternative and, if
you're a screen reader user and the screen reader doesn't support
it, that cuts accessibility right there.
Brian - Windows 10
Home, 64-Bit, Version
1809, Build 17763
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