Cut & paste pictures in Windows7.


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Peter Jason

In Windows XP one could take a folder full of images and Ctrl-click a
selection and then cut.

Then, placing the cursor at the top of the folder click Paste, and the
selection would be placed there all in a row.

But this will not work in Windows7, and the cut selection of images
are merely placed in their original places when pasted back.

Can something be done to go back to the Windows XP arrangement?

Peter
 
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Gene E. Bloch

In Windows XP one could take a folder full of images and Ctrl-click a
selection and then cut.
Then, placing the cursor at the top of the folder click Paste, and the
selection would be placed there all in a row.
But this will not work in Windows7, and the cut selection of images
are merely placed in their original places when pasted back.
Can something be done to go back to the Windows XP arrangement?
Well, what you describe works fine for me.

Except that I can't figure out what you mean by "placing the cursor at
the top of the folder click Paste".

If that means you're not placing the cursor in the white area in the
file pane (the right side of the Explorer window), then you should
start doing it that way - because it works.
 
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Peter Jason

Well, what you describe works fine for me.

Except that I can't figure out what you mean by "placing the cursor at
the top of the folder click Paste".

If that means you're not placing the cursor in the white area in the
file pane (the right side of the Explorer window), then you should
start doing it that way - because it works.
I can't get it to work. This is what I try:

1/ Select say 5 non-contiguous images at random.
2/ 'Cut'.
3/ Then put the cursor in another part of the file pane (eg at the
top) and click 'paste'.
4/ Perversely, the pasted images are back in their original positions,
and not all in a continuous row at the top. I can do this in
WindowsXP.

Peter
 
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Gene E. Bloch

On Sat, 11 Jun 2011 20:42:11 -0700, Gene E. Bloch
I can't get it to work. This is what I try:
1/ Select say 5 non-contiguous images at random.
2/ 'Cut'.
3/ Then put the cursor in another part of the file pane (eg at the
top) and click 'paste'.
4/ Perversely, the pasted images are back in their original positions,
and not all in a continuous row at the top. I can do this in
WindowsXP.
You're still not making sense to me...

I have no idea what you mean by the "top", and furthermore it sounds
like you're not switching to a *different* file pane. If you choose
paste in the file pane you started in, you'll leave files in the same
folder.

Also, you have to click *inside* the file pane, and the "top" seems to
not be in that place...But I can't be sure, since you are unclear about
that. If you click in something that isn't *inside* a file pane,
Windows will just ignore the request.
 
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Charles Tomaras

Gene E. Bloch said:
You're still not making sense to me...

I have no idea what you mean by the "top", and furthermore it sounds like
you're not switching to a *different* file pane. If you choose paste in
the file pane you started in, you'll leave files in the same folder.

Also, you have to click *inside* the file pane, and the "top" seems to not
be in that place...But I can't be sure, since you are unclear about that.
If you click in something that isn't *inside* a file pane, Windows will
just ignore the request.
Sounds to me like he's more or less trying to manually override the sort
order within a folder. Sounds like he's trying to select a non-contiguous
group of photos from a folder and then paste them within the folder wanting
them all to appear at the top or wherever he puts his cursor when he pastes.
Like selecting all the photos containing baby Jane from a folder of family
photos and then wanting to arrange that folder so all the selected baby Jane
photos are at the beginning.
 
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Rob

Sounds to me like he's more or less trying to manually override the sort
order within a folder. Sounds like he's trying to select a non-contiguous
group of photos from a folder and then paste them within the folder wanting
them all to appear at the top or wherever he puts his cursor when he pastes.
Like selecting all the photos containing baby Jane from a folder of family
photos and then wanting to arrange that folder so all the selected baby Jane
photos are at the beginning.
Yes, that's how I read it too. If he had the sort order in his XP
'pictures' folder set to order files by date modified, then any
files cut/pasted from/into the *same* folder would appear at the
top. That's a perverse use of cut and paste though!
 
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Allen

On 6/13/2011 8:34 AM, Rob wrote:
Yes, that's how I read it too. If he had the sort order in his XP
'pictures' folder set to order files by date modified, then any
files cut/pasted from/into the *same* folder would appear at the
top. That's a perverse use of cut and paste though!
If that's what he's trying to do, why doesn't he just make an
appropriately named subfolder and copy them to it? That should take
about two seconds.
Allen
 
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Gene E. Bloch

Yes, that's how I read it too. If he had the sort order in his XP
'pictures' folder set to order files by date modified, then any
files cut/pasted from/into the *same* folder would appear at the
top. That's a perverse use of cut and paste though!
Aha! Thanks, Charles & Rob, for straightening out my semantic
confusion.

Now if we could only straighten out the OP :)
 
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Peter Jason

You're still not making sense to me...

I have no idea what you mean by the "top", and furthermore it sounds
like you're not switching to a *different* file pane. If you choose
paste in the file pane you started in, you'll leave files in the same
folder.

Also, you have to click *inside* the file pane, and the "top" seems to
not be in that place...But I can't be sure, since you are unclear about
that. If you click in something that isn't *inside* a file pane,
Windows will just ignore the request.
Well, it works in XP; and the area for the 'paste' is the same as for
the 'cut'. It could be anywhere in the pane; not just at the top.
 
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Peter Jason

Sounds to me like he's more or less trying to manually override the sort
order within a folder. Sounds like he's trying to select a non-contiguous
group of photos from a folder and then paste them within the folder wanting
them all to appear at the top or wherever he puts his cursor when he pastes.
Like selecting all the photos containing baby Jane from a folder of family
photos and then wanting to arrange that folder so all the selected baby Jane
photos are at the beginning.

Exactly. Then I can rename the 'baby Jane' sequence appropriately.
 
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Peter Jason

Yes, that's how I read it too. If he had the sort order in his XP
'pictures' folder set to order files by date modified, then any
files cut/pasted from/into the *same* folder would appear at the
top. That's a perverse use of cut and paste though!

Any series of photos has duds or desired properties. I want to 'cut'
these and then 'paste' them into a continuous sequence. XP did it.
 
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Peter Jason

On 6/13/2011 8:34 AM, Rob wrote:

If that's what he's trying to do, why doesn't he just make an
appropriately named subfolder and copy them to it? That should take
about two seconds.
Allen

Yes, that's what I am now reduced to doing. It takes those few extra
steps though.
 
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Gene E. Bloch

On Sun, 12 Jun 2011 20:10:12 -0700, Gene E. Bloch
Well, it works in XP; and the area for the 'paste' is the same as for
the 'cut'. It could be anywhere in the pane; not just at the top.
I can't say I ever experienced that, but since it's such an odd thing
to try, I imagine that I never tried it :)

Actually, I have noticed in the past that when you paste files into a
folder in XP, they might appear in an odd place until you leave and
come back to that folder, or refresh, or sort. That's because XP didn't
sort the folder immediately after a paste operation, whereas W7 does
(most of the time). But that is not a permanent change, as you can see
from what I just said.

The fact is that Windows always sorts a directory pane by *something*,
except momentarily (or in a command window). But try this: right-click
on an empty part of the file pane and choose "Sort by". Choose
"More..." at the bottom of the menu, and you will see a *lot* of
alternatives with check boxes, mostly empty. In a folder of media
files, you might even be able to sort on the metadata. Please don't ask
me what metadata means, because I'm not going to answer.

Also, I finally realize that by the "top" you just meant an upper part
of the file pane. I thought you meant the top frame of the window, or
some other equally crazy thing, and you never did explain what you
meant.

And thanks for this: you have made me realize that when a question is
sufficiently weird, it is best to just ignore it.
 
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Nil

Since you said your overall objective is to rename them, why not
rename them where they reside instead of 'moving' them first? I
use a tool called Bulk Rename, which works very well.

<http://www.bulkrenameutility.co.uk/Main_Intro.php>
Another useful tool is Irfanview. The Thumbnails view lets you drag the
thumbnail pictures around to any order you want, and it has some useful
bulk renaming features.

This kind of thing is not really the job of a file manager like Windows
Explorer.
 

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