Drag-and-drop functionality has been around on the Internet almost since its inception. In fact, it's really a standard feature that was built right into many computer operating systems years ago, before most people had access to the Internet.
What does "drag and drop" mean?
Drag-and-drop refers to the ability to change objects on a computer with the mouse. A very simple example would be creating a shortcut icon on your desktop computer that you click and then drag to the other side of the screen.
Nowadays, it is also a part of mobile technology. The above example can also be applied to the app icons you have on many different mobile devices like an iPhone or iPad.
For this type of device running on an iOS version, you simply hold down the home button until the app icons on the home screen become movable. You would then use your finger (not a mouse for a computer) to touch the app you want to move and drag it across the touchscreen to where you want to drop it. It's that simple.
General ways to use drag and drop functionality on the network
Upload files. Many web browsers, programs, and web-based services that allow you to upload files often have an uploader that supports the drag-and-drop feature. The WordPress CMS is another good example of this. When you click on a media file to upload it to your WordPress site, you can drag-and-drop a file from a folder on your computer directly into the uploader, instead of having to do everything with a mouse click.
Graphic design with a web-based tool. Because the drag-and-drop feature is so intuitive and easy to use, it makes sense that several free graphic design tools include it in their interfaces. They generally include sidebars with a list of options you can choose from to design your graphic - like shapes, icons, lines, images, and more. Your task is to simply find something you're looking for, click on it, and drag it onto your graphic in the right place.
Move folders in Gmail or another service. Did you know that you can organize the folders in your Gmail account by clicking, dragging and dropping them into any position above or below each other? This is useful if you want to keep the most important folders on top and the less important folders on the bottom. Many other services that let you create folders - like Dropbox and Google Drive - let you do this as well.
The advantages of drag-and-drop
What makes the drag-and-drop feature so easy and convenient is that it's not always so obvious on your favorite websites, programs, online services or mobile apps. Some of them actually have instruction-based tours that walk new users through some of the features and functions of their service, which is often an opportunity to learn what you can drag-and-drop into place to make things easier.
However, sometimes you really just need to explore and experiment with the website, program, service, or application you're using to see if any of its features support drag-and-drop functionality. Try clicking or tapping your mouse on the desktop web and holding your finger on the phone to see if an object can be dragged across the screen.
Drag and drop makes it easy for users to handle many different types of content, such as files, folders, images, videos, etc. It enables an intuitive and intuitive user interface that allows users to move content quickly and easily.
The disadvantages of drag and drop
A disadvantage of the Drag and drop-technique is that it requires some experience and competence. Some users cannot master it, which can cause problems when moving content.
Drag and drop is widely used in websites, office programs, graphic design programs, desktop applications, and many other applications. It provides users with an easy and intuitive way to move, create and edit content.
Example 1: In a graphic design program, users can open an image, select it, and then drag it to a text box to paste it.
Example 2: In a web page, users can drag images or videos to a page to insert and edit them.
Drag and drop is a very intuitive technique that provides users with an easy way to move, create and edit content. It is commonly used in websites, office programs, graphic design programs, and many other applications, and can be a very useful feature when used correctly.« Back to Glossary Index