Lightroom: Adding virtual copies to other collections

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I frequently dig through old photo collections to find images to use for one purpose or another. I usually want to add virtual copies of these to a new collection. (Maybe I want to be able to recrop them for a website banner, or convert them all to B&W.) One way to do it, of course, is to add the selected images to the Quick Collection, then add them all, en masse, to a new collection with "make virtual copies" selected. But what if I want to add a couple of new photos to an existing collection, and I don't want the hassle of creating a virtual copy next to the original, moving that virtual copy to the new collection, then deleting it from the original location?

I would like to be able to select an image in its existing location, then option-drag it to the new collection where I want a new virtual copy. It seems like the most logical thing in the world. It's a standard part of the Mac interface (and I assume there's probably some corresponding function in Windows). I can perform similar tasks in other Adobe software (layers or styles in Photoshop, selected code or objects in Dreamweaver). Why can't I do this very obvious thing in Lightroom?
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Vicki Farmer

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john beardsworth

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Lightroom is a ground up design. Just because stuff is in other Adobe software doesn't mean it's going to be in Lightroom.

Select the existing images, create a new collection, and tick the check box Create Virtual Copies.
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Vicki Farmer

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Ah, okay, I'm sorry. Heh -- just woke up.