Lightroom Classic - Drag photos directly from Library to desktop, on a PC *NOT EXPORT*

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Lightroom Classic - On a Mac you can directly drag a file from the "Library" module to the desktop, without having to "Export." I would like to see this same functionality on the PC side, it's very time consuming having to export vs. simply dragging to create a new copy. Thanks
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You don't have to export. Just select the image, then use 'Photo - Edit in Photoshop'. Mind you, dragging and dropping the image on a Mac is not the same as 'Edit in Photoshop'. If you drag and drop, you will get the Camera Raw dialog and none of your Lightroom edits will have been applied yet (unless you save metadata to files). And the resulting image needs to be manually imported back into Lightroom. It won't be automatically added to the Lightroom catalog like 'Edit in Photoshop' does. In the end that is not less time consuming than using 'Edit in Photoshop', but more time consuming. I use a Mac but I never use drag and drop to send an image to Photoshop for those reasons.
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Interesting, I never knew you could drag from Library to the Finder on Mac to create a copy -- that's convenient.

If you provide more detail why you want this functionality (details about your workflow) on Windows, that would help Adobe better understand the feature request.
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Be careful, if your image folder is on the same disk as the 'Desktop', you will move the file, it will no longer be properly linked in the Lightroom catalog.


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Correct, the files are on external drives and servers. Thanks!
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"Be careful, if your image folder is on the same disk as the 'Desktop', you will move the file, it will no longer be properly linked in the Lightroom catalog."

This doesn't happen with my LR 8.3.1 / Mac OS 10.14.5. When I drag an image from Library to Desktop or Finder, it always creates a copy (with the mouse cursor changing to "+" to indicate that), even if the destination folder is on the same disk as the source folder. 
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At home, the + only reappears when I move the icon of the file once again in the destination folder ... But hey ... I will not try the devil and I will continue to make a record to another ... do not mix the data that must remain with the ephemeral projects disk.

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I create a large number of video and photo projects that require me to pull video and photo files from all over our server. All these files are already imported into Lightroom Classic. I "Command click" all the files I want to use and drag them to my desktop (Finder) This works well because I can keep all my project files in one new folder. It also allows me to skip the exporting process. However, pulling video/photos directly from the Library module to the desktop (Explorer) is NOT an option on a PC. It would save me a massive amount of time if I was able to drag and drop in the same fashion as you can on a Mac. 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2j-rB2QsFAU&feature=youtu.be