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2/21/12
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SBarnesUK

Collection drag and drop lethal

I use Google Docs in Chrome and have several multi-level collections.  The recent ability to drag and drop collections rather than using the "organize" function is welcome.  However, I have several times "lost" whole branches of collections by inadvertent drag and drop.  I can usually find the lost branch, and drag it back to where it belongs, but it is a big pain.

I would welcome the ability to turn off drag and drop for collections, or to have a confirmation screen before a collection is moved.

I realise that most users have very few collections, but as Google Docs gains importance, usage will grow and it will be important that the structure of multi-teared collections is not inadvertently changed.
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Paul Y Gloess
2/27/12
Paul Y Gloess
I just reported a related issue, before seeing your post. Google docs sometimes starts dragging a collection by itself, without the user having started a "drag and drop": then, if you click on the mouse, the dragged collection will end up anywhere, and the user may be unaware of this move. Normally, there is a yellow warning telling you that some item (or collection) has moved, and you have the possibility to undo; these days, this warning does not show up everytime!

We have hundreds of collections, shared by hundreds of people, and this is becoming a problem! The only thing we can do is use Google docs search (by name) to try to locate the collection, and put it back where it belongs (which can be tricky, since the item or collection may originally belong to several collections).
2/27/12
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SBarnesUK
I find I avoid the problem if I only use the cursor keys to navigate, but it's not a suitable solution for the volumes of people you have, and getting the right focus for the cursor keys is not easy.  It seems to me that the larger the number of collections, the greater the need to "lock" the collection structure (or make it subject to a confirmation dialogue), so that drag and drop only applies to documents etc.  Presumably in a large organisation one only wants administrators to change the structure, otherwise chaos quickly ensues.

I think the problem is that Google is still of the mindset that Google Docs is for a single user with at most a few hundred documents.  What works well with a small data set used by one person does not work well on a large volume of data used by several people.  Now that Google markets GDocs as a business tool it needs to change the way it works.

I back up my documents using Spanning, and am most impressed.  So I can revert to an earlier structure.  But then I lose intermediate changes in data unless I compare the backup with the post backup status, restoring the best of both, which is not an easy procedure.

One tip is to colour each hierachical level icon differently.  You then often immediately see if you have changed the structure since a wrong colour is seen in a column of differntly coloured collections.  (The colours can be changed several collections at a time in the right hand pane).  Another tip is that if an unwanted drag starts, move the mouse outside the screen and then click "Escape", and this avoids the need to use the undo function.  The problem, of course, occurs when the structure is changed and one does not notice having done so.

Although the "Organize" function is slow, at least it was safe.  I would not want to lose drag and drop, but it needs modifying.
David D. Lewis
3/7/12
David D. Lewis
Yes, I've noticed the yellow warning is not always showing up too.  It would be great to be able turn this off.   
RobScottNorton
4/2/12
RobScottNorton
I would also love the ability to turn the drag and drop feature off. It's far too easy to inadvertently shift whole collections around.
 
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