O drag and drop explanation

Some people experience difficulties doing a drag-and-drop of emails directly from Outlook into the pCloud website. If you have difficulties, here are some things you can try

On a Windows computer 


On a Windows computer ordinarily you can't drag and drop emails, in one go, directly from Outlook into the pCloud website. There are two solutions to this problem.

First Solution on a Windows computer: use the dragdrop add-on


Use www.dragdrop.com This is an Outlook add-on which allows you, on a Windows computer to drag emails directly from Outlook to a website such as pCloud. If (as will often be the case) the Subject of an email being dragged happens to be the same as the Subject of another email already loaded to pCloud, pCloud will ask whether you want to skip, overwrite or rename, and you should select rename. Using this add-on is generally the best and simplest solution to allow easy drag and drop directly from Outlook to the pCloud website on a Windows computer.


Second Solution on a Windows computer: two stage drag and drop


Another solution is to do it in two stages by first dragging the emails from Outlook to a temporary folder on your Windows computer (an ordinary folder outside Outlook) and then dragging the files in the temporary folder into the pCloud website. 
If you choose this solution, however, there is a complication which is the possibility of name conflicts. When you drag emails to a folder they are saved in the folder with a filename which is the same as the Subject of the email. Of course more than one email may, and probably will, have the same Subject, and if you are dragging a number of emails together, and some of them have the same Subject, a numerical suffix is automatically added where necessary to keep the filenames for the emails in that drag and drop operation unique among themselves. So far so good, but if you are doing more than one drag and drop - and unless you have only a very few relevant emails which happen to be right next to eachother, normally you will be doing more than one drag and drop - a problem arises in Windows if the folder already contains one or more files (from a previous drag and drop) with names matching one or more of the new emails you are now dragging into that folder. Where an email you are dragging to a folder happens to have the same Subject as an email already in that folder you get the option of skipping the email affected (i.e. not copying it to the folder) or else replacing the email in the folder with the new email you are dragging into the folder (which is not the same email but a different email which just happens to have the same Subject). Of course neither of these options is what you want. Unfortunately Windows does not give you a rename option in this situation, so you need to avoid such a situation where the name of an email being dragged to a temporary folder is the same as the name of a file already in that folder. There are two ways to ensure this.
  • One way of avoiding name conflicts is to arrange things so that you are always dragging emails into an empty temporary folder. I.E. create a new temporary folder on your Windows computer, do a single drag and drop operation from Outlook into that that temporary folder and then drag and drop the files in that temporary folder into the pCloud website. Then create a new empty temporary folder, do another drag and drop from Outlook and then drag and drop those files from the second temporary folder to the pCloud website, etc. etc. This will result in pCloud detecting a name conflict as email files are loaded which happen to have the same name as email files already in pCloud... BUT pCloud can cope with this and will give you the options of skip, overwrite or rename. Rename is, of course, the option you want.
  • Another way of avoiding name conflicts is to rename the files in the temporary folder, giving them unique names with the date/time sent, before doing another drag and drop to the folder. I.E. Create a new temporary folder on your Windows computer, do a drag and drop operation from Outlook into that that temporary folder, rename the files in the temporary folder to prefix them with the date and time of the email. Then do another drag and drop to the temporary folder and rename those new files, etc. Finally, when all drag and drop operations to the temporary folder are complete, drag and drop all the files to pCloud. 

On a Mac

You should not have any difficulty doing a drag and drop of emails directly from Outlook or Apple Mail to pCloud.

But if you do have a problem dragging and dropping directly, try a two stage drag and drop - i.e. first drag the emails from Outlook to a temporary folder on your computer (an ordinary folder outside Outlook) and then drag the files in the temporary folder into the pCloud website. Unlike Windows, Mac systems are good at handling name conflicts by adding a suffix to keep them unique. 

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The information on this page about specific computer techniques is provided for information purposes only. Every reasonable effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate and up to date at the time it was written but no responsibility for its accuracy, or for any consequences of relying on it, is assumed by me. Any sample screen layouts are based on the version of software current when the screen shot was taken and may be different now. You should satisfy yourself, before using any of the techniques, software or services described, that the techniques are appropriate for your purposes and that the software or service is reliable.

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