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Create duplicate iCal events via drag-and-drop Apps
Simple but useful bit I noticed in iCal recently: You can duplicate events by holding down the Option key while dragging. Just like duplicating layers of text in Adobe apps, or a file in the Finder.

[robg adds: I thought we'd covered this here before, but I couldn't find it (searching on ical is hard to do). It also brings up an iCal annoyance of mine -- once you start a drag operation (copy or not), you can't cancel it. So if you started dragging the wrong event, for instance, you have to complete the drag first, then use Command-Z to undo it, then re-drag the event you meant to grab in the first place. How about Escape to cancel, as is possible in the Finder?]
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Create duplicate iCal events via drag-and-drop
Authored by: mustang_dvs on May 09, '06 08:53:06AM

Actually, if you drag the event to some of the window chrome (titlebar, window frame, etc) and release, it effectively cancels the drag operation.



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Create duplicate iCal events via drag-and-drop
Authored by: rbrough on May 09, '06 11:34:58AM

Rob: I agree - I have read this on Mac OSX Hints before...

(Doesn't mean that I mind seeing it again, or that I am moaning, just agreeing with your memory, which you might think is playing up after Rob Jr #2!)

R



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Create duplicate iCal events via drag-and-drop
Authored by: ryebrye on May 09, '06 11:46:53AM

Option-dragging is kind of standard fare for making copies of things. It's what's used in all the adobe applications to copy junk. I'm usually annoyed when I CAN'T use option-drag to copy things.



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Create duplicate iCal events via drag-and-drop
Authored by: rb3 on May 09, '06 11:58:54AM

Option dragging triggered a copy in MacPaint 1.0 in 1985

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@robg: I already filed a bug with Apple on that
Authored by: magir on May 09, '06 11:59:43AM

Although I my case I find it annoying that if you press the option key _after_ you started the drag and drop operation the event will not be duplicated as expected. I guess both cases are related and will hopefully be resolved by Apple in the next iCal update (which will hopefully arrive before 10.5).



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Create duplicate iCal events via drag-and-drop
Authored by: vindu on May 09, '06 10:49:10PM

What I find weird about iCal is that if you use copy/paste to make a copy of an event, it's much much much slower than option-drag. The paste operation seems to hang for ages before it decides what to do.

cheers
Vin



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