Drag and drop is a time honored method to move or copy files from here to there, or to reposition files or elements within a document. It’s easy. It works. Is there a better way? Yes. It’s called Yoink. Think ‘yank’ as in pull or move, but for files you want to drag and drop between here and there on Macs where fullscreen apps are the norm or where Spaces takes up the screen space.
How do you drag something from one app to another when both apps are in fullscreen mode? How do you move something from one Spaces location to another? Yoink does that be creating a little pop out shelf where you can drop items from within one fullscreen app and retrieve them in another. Ditto for Spaces.
The way Yoink works is simple enough. Drag what you want to move onto Yoink’s pop out window. Navigate to whichever Spaces or fullscreen app you’re using. Retrieve said items from Yoink’s pop out Window and put them wherever they need to be.
You get controls for where the pop out window pane resides, options to remove items when they’re dragged out, QuickLook Previews, and more.
Not so fast. First up, here’s how Yoink describes itself.
Take the ‘drag’ out of drag and drop and speed up your daily workflow!
Except the ‘drag’ of drag and drop remains. Nothing was eliminated. In fact, there are now two drags and drops. Drag to Yoink and drop. Drag the item or items off the Yoink pop out pane and drop onto wherever you want them to go. That’s two drags and two drops.
Second, whatever happened to copy and paste? It’s simple to grab three or four different snippets or files or photos or PDFs or whatever you want to copy, select them, hit Command-C to copy, then switch to Spaces or move to a different fullscreen app and then drop them wherever they need to go.
For what it’s worth, Yoink doesn’t cost much and it’s clever enough to integrate into your workflow, but it’s merely another way to do what you probably already know how to do without the expense or learning something new.