Dear Computer Lady,
I have a question about photos. I save my digital photos on my computer in folders.
When I transfer them to another place, for example WalMart to order photos they copy themselves into the folder. If I move the pictures one at a time they don’t do that. But if I use ctrl to move more than one picture they recopy themselves. Sometimes I end up with 10 copies of every picture in the folder.
Thank you for your question! I have received variations of this question from time to time, but not been able to figure out what was going on. Thankfully, you have given me enough information to figure it out.
The key part of your question for me is the fact that you are using the ctrl key when moving multiple files, and when you only move them one at a time (thus not using the ctrl key) you don’t have the problem. Here is what I think is happening to you and many others.
When you use the Ctrl key to select more than one file, you need to release the Ctrl key before you drag them to your new destination.
Why is this important? Because even if you are moving only one file, holding down the Ctrl key while dragging the file causes you to make a copy of the file instead of moving it. Go ahead and give it a try with just one file and you will see what I mean.
In the future, when you want to move several files at once, follow these steps.
1. Click once on the first file you want to move.
2. Hold down the Ctrl key and click on the additional files you want to move.
3. Release the Ctrl key and drag the selected files to their new location.
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