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Definition: drag and drop

A graphical user interface (GUI) capability that lets a user perform operations by moving the screen icon of an object into another window or onto another icon. On a regular screen, the icon is clicked with the mouse, and the button is held down while dragging. On a touchscreen, the icon is long tapped and held down while dragging.

Copy and Move
Files can be copied or moved by dragging their icons from one folder and dropping them on another folder's icon. Drag and drop also lets users position images on a page. In some cases, a document can be printed by dragging its icon to the printer icon.

Rearrange and Delete
Icons can be rearranged on the screen or dragged to the trash can. In a smartphone or tablet, a long tap and drag and drop is used to rearrange and remove icons on the home screens. See icon, Win Drag and drop and long press.