15 Drag-And-Drop Techniques You Should Be Using

Drag-and-drop is a basic Mac skill, but there are many advanced techniques that most users don't know about. Learn how to use drag-and-drop with multiple desktops, the App Switcher, text selections, URLs, and even between Macs with Universal Control.


Comments: 11 Responses to “15 Drag-And-Drop Techniques You Should Be Using”

    Andrea Grasselli
    8 months ago

    Thank you Gary, really useful, as always!

    Kathy
    8 months ago

    Hi Gary, excellent videos, thanks! Is it possible to drag & drop my own music from CD's that I copied to my iMac using the USB Superdrive? I know how to sync from the iMac to our iOS devices, but my Hubby & I have different music tastes. I was hoping it would be possible to drag & drop just a few songs from the Mac to my iPhone. This would avoid me syncing all of my husband's music to my phone. I have also tried using air drop which copies the music to my iPhone Voice Memo's App & not Music App.

    8 months ago

    Kathy: If you set that iPhone to "Manually Manage Music, Movies, and TV Shows" you can do it. That works pretty much the same since 2007. It is in the Finder now, when you connect your iPhone you'll see it in "General" for the iPhone. But it is all-or-nothing. You have to use that, or sync, you can't do both.

    Kathy
    8 months ago

    Thank you Gary. Just to clarify will manually managing after I had synced previously remove previously synced music or allow me to 'add to' what is already synced I wonder?

    8 months ago

    Kathy: It will remove it all and you'll start from scratch.

    Kathy
    8 months ago

    Hi Gary, I thought that may be the case. Thanks for the clarification.

    Mick
    8 months ago

    Thanks Gary. Excellent tutorial. Loads of techniques I never knew existed. Thanks Mick

    Steve
    8 months ago

    I'm using the Apple touchpad on my iMac and am finding it impossible to learn the magic taps or swipes to move a selected block of text within a new Pages doc. Is it possible to do this in my environment? A review of my touchpad settings doesn't uncover a quick fix. Would love to know what I'm doing wrong, if anything!

    8 months ago

    Steve: First check System Preferences, Trackpad to make Sure you haven't disabled the feature you want to use. If you can't get the hang of dragging text in Pages, you can always just use copy and paste. I have a video coming next week that shows you how to drag things for those that have trouble.

    Steve
    8 months ago

    Thanks, Gary!
    I have everything turned on for Touchpad in Sys Pref, except for Haptic Feedback and Launchpad pinching. I'll continue to use Copy/Cut/Paste until I learn the drag/drop trick, perhaps from your next video.

    Steve
    8 months ago

    Forgot to mention.... since I don't use drag/drop as efficiently as you do in this video, my tools of choice for manipulating copied/cut/pasted items are: Yoink, Paste and Snagit. I'm always open to better ways of doing, so your input is much appreciated. (I recommend your newsletter to any Mac user I happen to meet.)

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