You’ve probably used drag and drop to move files around on your computer before, but did you know that you can also use it to share large files with others using the internet?
The internet is a very resource-hungry place. Joe’s photo collection is a few thousand megabytes of photos, so how can you upload (and share) them online?
You can use any browser to do this, but Safari and Chrome on OS X are the most popular.
One of the problems with sharing files via the web is that they must first be converted to PDFs or JPEGs before being transferred. If you don’t have much experience with HTML, you might find the process of converting files a little complicated. Here are some simple steps for converting files.
First, you need to know what kind of file you want to transfer:
HTML (.htm, .html) PDF (.pdf) JPEG (.jpg) PNG (.png) GIF (.gif) BMP (.bmp) OGG (OGG) MP3 (.mp3) MIDI (MIDI) SoundFont (.sf2, .sfz).
To transfer a large file, copy it into your desktop’s “Desktop” folder, then right click and click “Properties”. Now go to “Target: All Files”. From here you can browse and select (or select “Long List”) all files in your computer that have this extension and select them all at once:
Now right click on each file until the context menu has appeared. Click “Copy”, then “Paste”. In this case I used one shortcut: Ctrl + V while holding down Command + V while holding down Shift + V. This command lets me copy multiple selected files into my clipboard without having to say anything:
Now use your mouse scroll wheel to position the cursor where you want these files copied to. Then press Shift+V (the shortcut for paste). This will paste all selected files into my clipboard at once without having to say anything. To quickly copy multiple selected items from one location onto another, just repeat the above process using Shift+V . Once you are done copying and pasting your entire file list onto another location using this method, it’s recommended that you save it as an image or PDF so that later on if something goes wrong with your internet connection, it won’t take too long for someone else to retrieve your documents from wherever they are stored now. If necessary (for example if your internet connection drops out), just choose another folder in which these files are stored and move them back into that folder in order to send them again by drag and drop.
What is drag and drop?
Drag and drop is a very common technique for transferring files over the web. It allows you to get from point A to point B in an organized way, without having to navigate through folders and navigate through a series of open/close buttons. But, what is drag and drop exactly? It’s a popular technique for getting files from your computer’s hard drive, or from an external hard drive into your computer.
The basic idea behind drag and drop is this: when you open an app in Windows, the operating system will automatically detect that the file or folder you want to open is on your desktop and will try to show it. You can usually just click “Copy” if it doesn’t work immediately (for example, if it needs to copy all the files on your desktop instead of just one).
Drag and drop works with any file type (like pictures, music files or documents), so long as they are at least 1 MB in size. Some file types will require conversion before they can be opened (such as images). When you drag an image file into a program like Preview or Paint, you may need to type in some information like the file name or location before you can use it in that program (or maybe not; this depends on how Preview works with .jpgs). Dragging documents into programs like Word can also take some steps before opening them up—you may have to edit them before being able to use them.
For more detail about how drag and drop works, check out this short video by Microsoft: http://tinyurl.com/drag-and-drop
How to transfer files using drag and drop
The internet is a wonderful thing. It’s free, it’s fast, and it’s extremely efficient at what we do. And yet somehow, we discover (or make it easy for us to discover) that we can do so much more with it than just transferring files from one place to the other.
For example, I have a few things I need to transfer from one computer to another, but I don’t have any way of easily moving photos across. So, I use FileZilla, which is fantastic and does exactly what I want:
I can upload photos into my Dropbox account (it connects directly to my computer).
I can share those photos with anyone else on the internet using BitTorrent (it connects to the BitTorrent tracker).
I can download those photos from someone else on the internet using Transmission (it connects to the Transmission tracker).
And so on…
But what if you wanted an even better way of doing this? What if you wanted a way of avoiding Dropbox or BitTorrent in favor of something more elegant that didn’t require any additional infrastructure? What if you wanted a way of doing this without needing any extra tools or outside services? What if you wanted all this with no work on your part? Well then:
Drag and drop! It was one of those “oh my god, this might be useful” moments for me when browsing past blog posts by people who have figured out how they did this while also doing other stuff. I was immediately intrigued by its simplicity and how easily it could allow us to move large files around. In fact, Drag and Drop has been around for decades — long before iMovie or Photoshop — but somehow, we didn’t talk about it as much as we should have until recently. Fortunately there are now plenty of resources online that explain the basics in plain English: why drag and drop works so well, how its principles are used today in design applications like Photoshop, etc., etc.. Today I am going to look at how drag and drop could be made into an App Store app that allows us all to enjoy using it … So you are ready your MacBook Pro running Snow Leopard, iTunes installed on your Macbook Pro running Snow Leopard? Okay! Let’s get started! First off let’s look at what happens when we use Drag & Drop in iTunes.
It’s a common complaint that drag and drop is difficult to implement, especially for large files.
The first step is to understand why your file transfer doesn’t work. Here are some of the most common reasons:
• Your file system is too small. Smaller drive sizes can make it difficult to use drag and drop.
• Your file system does not support drag and drop. You need to enable this feature on your computer or operating system; it will take some time for systems to catch up.
• Your file system does not support drag and drop (or you can’t enable it).
• You don’t have the right device/software/platform (OS, browser, etc.). This means you need to buy a new device/software/platform; install the required drivers; and configure your computer, browser or operating system correctly.
So how do we implement this? The two most commonly used approaches are:
• File Explorer: Most operating systems come with a built-in app which can be used to transfer files between any two folders on your computer, over the internet. You can find them in the “Applications” list under “All Programs” in Windows 7 (or similar on other computers). They have names like “Windows Photo Viewer” or “Photo Downloader” or in our case, “Easy Transfer for Mac OS X 10.7+ Software Requirements: The first thing we need is a folder on our computer where we would like our files transferred from one location to another – e.g., from our Mac desktop into another Mac desktop . Then we need to open that folder from Finder Preferences > Sharing then click on the “Enable Drag & Drop Support…” link in the bottom-right corner of that menu and select From Another Folder (this will open your target folder) >> Enter Value Name as A File Name and select From Another Folder (this will open your target folder) >> Enter Value Name as A File Name then click Save >> Done! Repeat these steps for each target folder you want to copy files from one location into another. This has many advantages over using Finder > Sharing – when you start transferring files from one location into another, you get full control of what happens – whenever you make a change in one place that changes some settings elsewhere also – so you get full control of what happens when you change things there too.
Why this method is preferable to emailing or other file-sharing methods
With file-sharing on the internet, downloading large files is a very simple process. This can be done by just dropping the file into a folder and right clicking it to open it. But, most people don’t do that, they just email it or copy it across (which doesn’t work well either).
So, we want to write about an alternative method of transferring files using drag and drop (in particular, files which are too big for emailing or other methods). There are two reasons why this method is preferable:
• The transfer process should be as easy as possible
• It should not involve interrupting what you are doing (you have to wait until the next window even if you have other things open in the background)
There are three steps involved: 1) right click the file in a folder 2) double click a file to open it 3) right click again to close the program. The first step is pretty straightforward: right-click on any file and select “Open With…”. This will find your program of choice and load it up automatically. You can then browse through your folders and select any one of them that contains a file you want to transfer (or change its name). Once this has been done, all you need to do is double-click on the file and open it in your new program of choice. There really isn’t much more involved here than that; but we still want to emphasize that this method works better for large files because there is no interruption involved in opening them. Of course, if you know what application you want to use then you can use that instead of having to put yourself through all this trouble twice (like emailing), but only if you know what application you want. The second step involves double clicking on a file. Once again, this gets into far more detail than emailing or other methods of transferring files in general — but nonetheless isn’t too hard: double-clicking on a file opens up its properties panel — which gives us some additional information about what kind of device was used when the file was opened previously — like whether an iTunes library was present or not — so we can choose another app than iTunes or anything else like that (if we wanted to use iTunes we would need something else anyway). We also get an option for “Connected Devices” which lists all connected devices currently running.
6. Conclusion: Now that you know how to transfer files using drag and drop, give it a try the next time you need to share a large file!
Drag and drop is a great way to share files. This will only be useful, though, if you are already familiar with the concept of drag and drop. If your files are too large to be transferred using this method (say, by dragging them into a file manager) then you need to get into the right mindset. Then you can use this simple trick:
1) Find the file you want to transfer.
2) Right-click on it and select “Open with…”
3) Select the appropriate app (e.g., Microsoft Word) and then click on “Open” or “Save As.”
That will bring up a dialog box where you can specify where you want to save the file. You can select any folder from which your files will be uploaded, but please make sure that there are no permissions restrictions on that folder in your system (i.e., there is no option for giving write access). For example, if your computer has read/write access to C:\*.*(*)\.zip , then you should select C:\*.*(*)\.zip . The next step is selecting a format for saving your file. There are many formats that can be used for saving files with drag and drop, such as .PDF, .PNG, .GIF, etc. But if we choose one of these formats, then we would have to save it in that format before moving it into our own folder (this could take more time than leaving it as-is). Since many users have already learned how to use Windows’ File Explorer (and also how to handle win32 folders), we need only switch back and forth between two different setups — one for placing our file in its own folder and another for moving it from another folder into itself: (the second image is using Windows Explorer; this isn’t quite as convenient when using Windows’ File Explorer)
Once both these setups are set up, then drag the file out of its original location onto the destination window in either case; after doing so, right-click on the destination window and select “Copy” or “Paste”. This might seem like an unnecessary step; after all, why copy what’s already there? But in reality, some users might not even have any folders at all! So if they do have folders at all — say they’ve just formatted their hard drive — they should make sure they’re on a drive where they can create new folders if necessary.