13.4.4. Using drag-and-drop

You can use drag-and-drop to move selected text within the File Editor pane or to move text between File Editor panes.

A grayed-out box appears during the drag to represent the text being moved. The top-left corner of this box represents the starting point when text is inserted.

If you want to copy the text block rather than reposition it, hold down the Ctrl key as you drag the block. The grayed-out box is accompanied by a plus sign to show that this is a block copy.

Enabled by default, drag-and-drop text editing can be disabled in your current workspace. See Changing your workspace settings for details of how to do this.

Moving text between windows

To drag and drop text between instances of the File Editor you must have:

  • two or more instances of the File Editor open on the desktop

  • files open in each instance of the File Editor

  • read/write access to any file into which you are moving text.

If the file that you are moving text from is set to read-only then the selected text is copied into the second window regardless of the action of the Ctrl key during the drag.

Moving files between windows

You can use drag-and-drop to move files between File Editor panes by clicking on the required file tab and dragging it into a new File Editor pane and dropping it over the File Editor pane.

If you are moving a file and it is the only file in the File Editor, the source window is closed when the file has been transferred.


RealView Debugger opens a file as appropriate for the defined file type. If the file is an executable, for example dhrystone.axf, it is loaded to the connected target automatically.

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