Appendix C: Firefox Drag-and-Drop Reference

Computer features are rarely intuitive, but drag-and-drop is one of those features that just feels right. It mimics the real-world experience of moving an item from one spot to another: Simply pick it up by pressing the mouse button, move it by moving the mouse, and put it down by releasing the mouse button over the new location. The Firefox philosophy is that anywhere drag-and-drop could work, it should work. This appendix outlines the possibilities, and I keep it short and sweet — just like drag-and-drop.

Getting to Know Drag-and-Drop

Most people are familiar with drag-and-drop from other programs, but in case you aren't, I walk through the process with a brief example. In the following steps, you load a Web page by dragging a link:

  1. Navigate to a Web site normally.

    Google ( or Wikipedia ( would be good for practice.

  2. Drag a link by moving the mouse pointer over it and holding down the left mouse button.

    Do not release the button.

  3. Move the mouse pointer to the Go button that sits to the right of the Location Bar.

    Notice that as you move the mouse pointer over the page, the arrow turns into a "no" sign (the circle with a line through it). This sign means that you can't drop the link at that spot. When the pointer reaches the Go button, it returns to being an arrow and shows a tiny box to indicate that you can drop on the Go button.

  4. Release the mouse button.

    Firefox loads the page that the link led to. Of course, this is a rather silly example, because you could simply have clicked the link to load the page. However, I want to start with something that has no side effects so you can get the hang of it.

Firefox For Dummies
Firefox For Dummies
ISBN: 0471748994
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2006
Pages: 157
Authors: Blake Ross © 2008-2017.
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