How to Enable Drag and Drop in Windows 11

Microsoft is all set to unveil Windows 11 in the holidays of 2021. As per initial reports, Windows 11 will be a significant upgrade over Windows 10 and will come with dozens of features. Thanks to the preview version, people have already got a glimpse of what they can expect with the new OS. In addition, many have reported that the company has made some major tweaks to the overall functionality. 

The all-new Windows 11 comes with a simplified design with an onus on enhancing productivity and the overall user experience. However, it looks like Microsoft has discontinued a few features as they gear up to launch Windows 11. One such is the drag and drop functionality with the taskbar. The Windows taskbar has been in existence since the launch of Windows 95. Sitting at the bottom, the Taskbar houses the system’s Start Menu and system tray. 

The Windows 11 taskbar looks similar to the taskbar found in Chrome and mac OS. However, people using the preview build of Windows 11 have noticed changes in its functionality. As per reports, it seems like Microsoft has removed the ability to drag and drop in Windows 11. If you remember, it was possible to drag, drop, and reposition icons in your taskbar in all the earlier Windows versions. 

Ever since Windows first introduced the drag and drop functionality feature, it is being used by countless users every day. It allows you to organize your files, folders, and other important stuff easily using simple mouse movements. This feature is much more handy than cut pasting every item individually from one location to another on your system. 

However, it seems like you can no longer do the same in Windows 11. While some initially hoped for this to be a bug, they were disappointed when the company announced that it was an intended aspect of Windows 11. But the good news is that you can revive the drag and drop feature in Windows 11. In this article, we will walk you through the different methods using which you can enable drag and drop in Windows 11

Is The Drag And Drop Feature Officially Discontinued By Microsoft?

As we mentioned earlier, the eliminated drag and drop taskbar is an intended feature of Windows 11. While several users continue to treat it as a bug, this could be the end of the line for the drag and drop feature. 

According to an official statement by the company, dragging a file onto an app in the taskbar to open it using that app is not supported by Windows 11. Therefore, it is clear that Microsoft has intentionally removed this feature.

How To Enable Drag And Drop In Windows 11?

As we mentioned earlier, the discontinued drag and drop feature is an intended aspect of the new Windows OS. Unfortunately, this decision has called users worldwide to erupt, with many calling the move as a bitter disappointment.

But the good news is that it is possible to enable the drag and drop feature in Windows 11. Furthermore, you can use these methods to enable drag-and-drop and also to adjust the drag-and-drop sensitivity settings in Windows 11.

NOTE: These fixes are arranged as per the severity of the problem. Therefore, it is vital that you apply these fixes serially and do not jump directly to the last one. Also, the first fix will help enable the drag and drop Windows 11 functionality feature. Meanwhile, the rest of the solutions will help you fix and restore the drag and drop feature in case it stops working. 

1. Drag and Drop in Windows 11 Using Alt+Tab

This is one of the easiest method if you want to drag and drop files in windows 11.

  1. Press, and hold down, the button on the mouse, to “grab” the file you want to drop.
  2. Drag” the file and press Alt+Tab button. Keep pressing Tab while simultaneously holding Alt and mouse button to navigate between files. Release the Alt+Tab button once you are on the desired location.
  3. Now “Drop” the file by releasing the mouse button.

To be more clear “How to Drag and Drop Files in Windows 11” you can refer the video below:

2. Enable Drag And Drop Using The Windows Registry Editor

You can enable and adjust the drag and drop sensitivity settings in Windows by creating a system restore point in the Windows Registry Editor. For example, to enable drag and drop in Windows 11 using the Windows Registry Editor, follow the given steps.

  1. Press Windows + R on your keyboard
  2. This will open the Run command box. 
  3. In the command box, type in the following command and press OK.
regedit
Run regedit command
  1. The Windows Registry Editor is now visible on your screen
  2. Now, navigate to the below-mentioned path
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Shell \Update\Packages
Enable Drag And Drop Using The Windows Registry Editor
  1. Now, right-click on the blank white space on the right navigation pane
  2. Here, choose New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.
How to Enable Drag and Drop in Windows 11
  1. This will create a new value in the registry editor
  2. Right-click on this newly created value file
  3. Choose Rename
  4. Rename this value file as follows
UndockingDisabled
  1. Right-click on UndockingDisabled
  2. Select Modify
  3. Now, change the value to 0 to 1
  4. Click OK to save the settings
Enable Drag And Drop Using The Windows Registry Editor

Now restart your computer. After restart, you will notice the taskbar will appear same as like in Windows 10 and the drag and drop functionality feature will now be restored on your computer.

The drawback of this method is that the Start, Search and the Cortana will not open from the taskbar. You will see the icons however, they won’t launch.

To disable the drag and drop feature and restore back to normal Windows 11, navigate to registry editor to the same folder mentioned above and right click on “UndockingDisabled” and delete it. Restart your system and you’ll be back to your normal Windows 11 system.

3. Drag and Drop Files in Windows 11 Between The Folders

This is an easy fix to drag and drop files in Windows 11 between the folders

  1. Open the two folders (drag and drop file folders) side by side.
  2. Open the folder from which you want to drag the file. Press, and hold down, the button on the mouse, to “grab” the file you want to drop.
  3. Drag” the file to the desired location by moving the pointer.
  4. Drop” the object by releasing the button into your desired location

The Bottom Line

We hope our article was able to successfully walk you through enabling drag and drop in Windows 11. The fixes mentioned above will work just fine in enabling or adjusting the drag and drop feature in Windows 11. 

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  1. Hi, I used the regedit method. However, Windows 10 taskbar has been appearing but somehow windows key and start button not working. Kindly share the patch for this otherwise need to revert back to the regedit and using ALT+TAB is a temporary option. Please suggest. Regards

    1. Hi Tejveer,

      I have already mentioned in the note that the drawback of this method is that the Start, Search and the Cortana will not open from the taskbar. You will see the icons however, they won’t launch. Unfortunately, I haven’t found a patch yet. I will certainly update the article whenever I found one. Until then it’s better to revert back to normal Windows 11 taskbar & use ALT+TAB method.

      Thanks,