Keyboard Shortcuts Â or Mouse Gestures, ( right, forget the touchscreen for now ) we have our own ways of getting things done while we are using computers. Some of us use more of keyboard shortcuts and less mouse gestures, and some use the opposite mix.
Some of us use ctrl c and ctrl v to move things around on our computer, but some use mouse to drag and drop files and folders. If you are in the second category, this post is going to be REALLY useful for you.
Before we start, I have to thank a few of my awesome readers here who inspired me to write this post, encouraged me with their valuable input. Thank you
Now, welcome to the drag and drop university.
1. Drag Files to Attach and Upload
While you are on a website and trying attach a file from your computer, instead of selecting the file, browsing through your computer, just drag the file from your computer and drop it to the upload box on the website.
2. Drag Downloaded Files to Desktop
You have seen the download bar that appears on the bottom of Chrome while you are downloading something right ? Once the download is complete, you can drag the file from that bar and drop it on the location on your computer, where you want it to be. So next time, after the download is done, try drag and drop !
3. Drag Text To Omnibox To Search
If you are used to copying text and then pasting it on the omnibox ( addressbar ) of Google Chrome, here is a quicker way to do that search, simply drag your piece of text to the Omnibox bar !
4. Drag Text To Tab Bar To Search In New Tab
Similar to last tip, but one difference. Instead of dragging the text to the addressbar, try it on the tab bar, and you will get the search results on a new tab.
5. Drag Links To Omnibar To Open Them
This works well with links from your bookmarks bar. Drag the URL to the addressbar to open it.
6. Drag Links to Tab Bar To Open In New Tab
This is something that I find really useful. When I am on a page, say, a wikipedia article, there will be lot of links on that page to related articles which I would love to read, but without closing or leaving the current page. I can drag that link to the tab bar to have them open in a new tab.
7. Drag Images to Open in New Tab
Just like you drag URLs or Text to the addressbar, you can drag images to the addressbar and open them.
8. Drag Images To Tab Bar To Open In A New Tab
Yes, similar to the last tip, but dragging images to the tab bar, will open them in Â a new tab. Pretty simple uh ?
9. Drag Links to Bookmarks Bar to Add Them To Bookmark
Forget keyboard shortcuts to bookmark URLs on to your bookmarks bar, start dragging them to there, do things in a different style !!
10. Drag Images to Bookmarks Bar To Bookmark It
Just like you can drag any link to the bookmarks bar to add them to your favourites, you can drag images as well there and get it added.
11. Open Files Saved On Your Computer Using Chrome- Drag and Drop
You can drag and drop files to chrome from your local computer to open them in the browser. Will work well with HTML files and images etc. But, my personal favorite ? PDF Files. Remember I told you about making Chrome your default PDF viewer ? Â Yes, this is another cool way to get PDF files open on Chrome, which will be way faster and easier than the traditional adobe reader ( I feel good calling it sooo traditional 😀 )
12. Â Drag and Drop – To and From Incognito Window
During a normal browsing session if you find some fishy stuff that you do not want showing up in your browsing history, or want to make it a secret for some other reason, drag that URL to an incognito window to open it separately !
Still with me ? Okay, congratulations, you have graduated from the Drag and Drop University ! Enjoy and do share your tips and lets make this list grow !!!
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