Holy cow, I wrote a book!
When you set your Explorer to Details view,
it can become tricky to drop an item onto the window background
(in order to move it into the folder)
because Details view sets full row select (starting in
This helps users of tablets and touch screens, because it
increases the size of the target when dragging and dropping
into a folder.
On the other hand,
when you have more items than fit on the screen,
every pixel in the view corresponds to an item;
there is no background any more.
So how do you drop on the background?
If you're using Windows 7,
you can take advantage of a little gutter space to the left and
right of the columns.
There is a gutter to the left of the leftmost column and
another gutter to the right of the rightmost column.
Windows Vista doesn't have these gutters, but you can
create a gutter on the right hand side by resizing your
columns narrow, and then resizing the window wider than
the sum of all the columns.
Yes, it's clumsy.
Less clumsy is dropping onto the Details panel at the bottom
of the window,
which works both on Windows Vista and Window 7.
Dropping onto the Details panel is treated as a drop on the
And the Details panel is a nice big target for your drag/drop
so those of you using a tablet or touch screen should have no
trouble finding it.
(Those gutters are nice for mouse-based users, but if you've
got fat fingers, they're not much help on a touch screen.)
If you've turned off the Details panel,
you can also drop onto the title bar.
It's not as big as the Details pane, but it's still bigger
than the gutters.
Finally, there's always the copy/paste approach instead of
Multi-select the items you want to transfer,
right-click them and select Copy (or Cut, as appropriate),
then go to the destination folder,
and under the Organize menu, select Paste.
Except for the gutters, all of these techniques also work
for Windows Vista.
Commenter Medinoc complains that, with the switch to full row select,
it's very hard to click on the background.
Actually, it's not that bad.
You can right-click on
the blank space of any unselected item.
find an unselected
item with a name that doesn't fill the entire Name column
and look at all that white space to the right.
You can right-click there and it will be treated as as a right-click
on the background.
The full row is still
treated as part of the item when dropping,
for the benefit of people using tablets and touch screens,
or people who simply want to hit a target bigger than a 16×16 icon.