How to make copying and pasting easier

Many times we’ve seen where someone plugs in a flash drive, or other external storage device into their computer, and find what they want to put on the machine, copy it, then navigate to the place on the computer where they want to store it, paste it, then have to go back to the external device and do it all over again. If you had tens or even hundreds of pictures this can be a time consuming task. There is a way to make this simpler though, and we use it in our office all the time.

If you open up File Explorer, the little file folder on your task bar, and then at the very top of the File Explorer window Left Click and hold with your mouse and drag it either all the way to the left or right of your screen it should snap in and take up exactly half of your screen. Then Right Click on the File Explorer icon on your task bar and you should get a menu that appears. Left Click on the option File Explorer, and drag that window all the way to the other side of the screen that you don’t already have your other File Explorer open.

You should now have two of the same screen open, but each one taking up half your screen. On one of the File Explorers you can navigate to the section of content that you want to copy, whether that’s an external device or a location already on your computer. Then on the other side navigate where you want to copy that content. After you have both those screens open you can simple copy and paste from one side of the screen to the other, or just drag the items from one side of the screen to the other.

This can be a little confusing the first time you do it, but once you do it a couple times it will be a very simple way to copy, or move items from one place to another on your computer or external device. As always, if you have any questions just give us a call and we’ll help you out.

Updated: August 8, 2019 — 8:30 am