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Easily copy the currently open folder in the Finder Desktop
If you have an open Finder window viewing a folder that you want to move, you could command-click on the title to navigate to the parent folder, and then move the subject folder. But, if you option-click (and hold) on the icon (not the name) in the title bar, you can drag the icon off the title bar to whatever location you'd like, and a copy will be created.
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Easily copy the currently open folder in the Finder
Authored by: lnzdingo on Apr 28, '04 11:43:25AM

Actually, you can add the option key press AFTER clicking and holding, if you like.
You will see the icon change to one with the little green + circle while holding option.

You can select between move and copy this way at the last moment.
and in many cases, cmd-z will undo a mistaken move



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Easily copy the currently open folder in the Finder
Authored by: pascalpp on Apr 28, '04 11:44:47AM

you don't have to option-click. the key is to click and hold, and then drag. that's how you grab the proxy icon in any window, assuming the app supports it.

once you start the drag, you can hold down option to perform a copy operation, command to force a move (between volumes for instance), or command-option to create an alias.



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Easily copy the currently open folder in the Finder
Authored by: rammjet on Apr 28, '04 11:57:09AM

As stated, just click and hold for a second, then drag. No other keys necessary for a copy.

This feature exists in MacOS 9.



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Easily copy the currently open folder in the Finder
Authored by: osxpounder on Apr 28, '04 02:44:56PM

It's been such a long, happy time since I used OS 9 that I've already forgotten, but ... wasn't it possible with OS 9 apps to drag that icon BEFORE you had ever saved a file, so that this drag operation became the first saving of the file? I notice that in OSX apps, there is no icon until a file's been saved, but I thought it used to be different in OS 9.

Glad to hear that the option key isn't required, but I think it's even better news that you *can* use the option key, because that's a habit built upon the other ways we copy on a Mac, and it's best for most of us to keep these habits consistent. I'll option-drag to copy just because I've already remembered that one.

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Easily copy the currently open folder in the Finder
Authored by: tim1724 on Apr 28, '04 06:12:14PM
It's been such a long, happy time since I used OS 9 that I've already forgotten, but ... wasn't it possible with OS 9 apps to drag that icon BEFORE you had ever saved a file, so that this drag operation became the first saving of the file? I notice that in OSX apps, there is no icon until a file's been saved, but I thought it used to be different in OS 9.

Nope, Mac OS 9 (and 8.5) acted the same way as Mac OS X .. if a document is unsaved (or has been modified since the last save) then the proxy icon is supposed to be disabled. See the relevant section in the Mac OS 8.5 Window Manager documentation: Window Proxy Icons:

When your application uses proxy icons, it should inform the Window Manager when a document has unsaved changes. When you do so, the Window Manager displays the document's proxy icon in a disabled state and prevents the user from dragging the proxy icon. Disabled proxy icons cannot be dragged because unsaved documents cannot be moved or copied in a manner predictable to the user.

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Just dragging does NOT copy, it....
Authored by: enigmamf on Apr 29, '04 12:25:34AM

If you click and hold, then drag, it will MOVE the current folder.

It's just like when you're in the finder, if you drag an icon you move it, if you option-drag you copy it, if you command-option drag it you make a shortcut to it. For all three it's the same as click-n-hold then drag on the menubar icon.



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Easily copy the currently open folder in the Finder
Authored by: Makosuke on Apr 28, '04 07:34:49PM

The proxy icon in the title bar is good for all kinds of things, most of which aren't well documented. This hint is the one I use the most, but grabbing the proxy icon of an open folder to move it somewhere else is a great way to sort and be sure you're actually moving the folder you want to move.

You can also drag things *into* the proxy icon to copy/move things into that folder, although there's no visual feedback at all until the file appears in the open window (no highlight as you hold the file over the icon).



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Many other uses
Authored by: Steff-X on Apr 29, '04 05:42:03AM

As Makosuke said, there are many other things which can be done using the proxy icon. In the Finder, I use it to make an alias of the opened window (press option+command while moving the proxy icon).

I you have Graphic Converter, you can drag&drop the proxy icon onto the Graphic Converter icon in your dock to easily browse the content of that folder.

If you want to quickly go to an opened folder in Terminal, you can also type

cd (with a space after)
then drag&drop the proxy icon onto the Terminal window. The folder path will be copied after the 'cd ' command and you're in.

I love this proxy icon feature.

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Many other uses
Authored by: Handycam on Apr 29, '04 07:09:36PM

Indeed.

You can also drag the proxy icon of an open document to another app in the doc to open it in that app (e.g. drag open doc in Preview to your Photoshop dock icon).

You can also drag document icons into folders to make a copy of the doc, like "save a copy as".

You can drag the icon of one BBedit document to an open space in the window if a second document to insert all the text in the first file into the second file.

And so on.



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