TortoiseSVN Tip

Hey now! Our inaugural post for May!

Let’s start things off with a tip for TortoiseSVN users out there.

First of all, did you know that you can right-drag objects in the Windows GUI? No? Neither did I. I felt like such a noob upon discovering this functionality as I’ve never, in my several years of Windows usage, ever known about this. Well, in any case, you can, and it’s way better than the default left drag that we all know and love.

What’s this got to do with Tortoise? Well, I went onto the SVN IRC channel trying to figure out if there was a way to move files in a “SVN-aware” fashion. After asking around and googling, I came across this article that mentioned right dragging.

Note that you will only get the proper context menu commands if the target folder is already under version control; if not, you will not get an option to perform a SVN-aware file/folder move.


This is by far, much more convenient than left dragging and then manually adding the file to the repository in a new location (and removing the file from the old location).

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