How to Enable Drag and Drop in Windows 11 Taskbar

Windows 11 is a charmer, and no one contends it. But when it comes to the basic features, the brand new OS is devoid of some popular and useful things that have been in Windows for ages. For example, the dragging and dropping of files directly to the taskbar apps is no longer available in Windows 11. When the OS was released to the public, people were disappointed as they felt a downgrade rather than a big leap in the user experience.

Microsoft has removed the feature intentionally and for which their response was weird. They want to remove the Windows 10-era features in their new OS. Although we could restore it via a registry hack in the insider versions, now they’ve completely removed the feature, and it’s a bit difficult to directly drop a file into the apps minimized in the taskbar. If you like to get the drag and drop feature in your Windows 11 PC, here are some techniques for you.


How to Enable Drag and Drop in Windows 11 Taskbar

So, to enable the drag and drop feature for the taskbar, we need to use a third-party tool called Windows11DragAndDropToTaskbarFix. Follow these steps to make it work.

  1. First off, go to this Github link and download the tool.
  2. Now, run the Windows11DragAndDropToTaskbarFix.exe file.
  3. Suppose you receive an error message (as shown below) about the unavailability of the VCRUNTIME140.dll library. In that case, you can head over to this official link and download the latest supported Microsoft Visual C++ component.
  4. Once you install the above component, re-launch the tool. The tool doesn’t have a GUI. It just opens a command window and closes by itself.
  5. Now try to drag and drop your files to the apps in the taskbar. It should work fine.

Note that you will still see the small red icon indicating that the action is not available.

How Does it Work?

If you are curious about how this lightweight tool is doing such an amazing job, this section is for you.

It’s basically a tiny executable file whose sole purpose is to restore the drag and drop functionality in Windows 11 taskbar. If you click and hold your left mouse button and hover on any taskbar icons, the program will detect this behavior and the application on which you are hovering. If your cursor stays there for a few milliseconds, it triggers the Win + Ctrl + Number shortcut and switches to the respective app (according to the number) to restore the drag and drop feature.

Moreover, this will support the dropping of files to the ‘Show desktop’ button at the bottom right corner.

Alternate Method 1

This method does not involve any third-party tools but is just a simple tip to get your job done.

  1. First, go to the file which you want to drag and drop to taskbar apps.
  2. Drag the file to the app in the taskbar as usual. You will see a red icon indicating the action is prohibited.
  3. Now, without releasing your left mouse button, press ALT + TAB key. You will now see the Task View, where windows of the applications are available.
  4. Without releasing the mouse button and ALT key, release and again press TAB to switch between the windows. Once you come to the required app, release the dragged file into the window. It will open without any issues.

That’s it. You’ve done it without the aid of any third-party tool.

Now onwards, don’t say drag and drop not working in windows 11. Just try both of the methods and choose the one that is comfortable for you.

Alternate Method 2

This is the simplest option you can follow to drag and drop files to windows 11 easily.

  1. Open either two folders or one folder and an application side-by-side.
  2. Open the folder from which you want to drag the file. Now simply drag the file towards the other folder or app. The folder or app window will come to the front, and you can drop it there to open it.

It’s easy as pie! It’s not a great thing to be written as a new method. But still, we mentioned it because it is very handy and the easiest of all.

Revive the Drag and Drop Feature in Windows 11

We have a couple of working methods to restore the basic yet ever-loved drag and drop feature for the taskbar. For a normal user with a single monitor, the tool works fine, but it may not work as intended for multiple monitors. Anyways, it’s a great tool for Windows 11 to make your jobs easier on the OS. If, for any reason, you ever want to remove the functionality, you can do this via task manager by force-closing the process.

It’s now your turn to try the tool and share your feedback with us. Do comment below on how the utility worked for you.

Vishnu is the founder and fountainhead of Makmodo and hails from God's Own Country - Kerala. He has been an ardent tech geek obsessed with technology since he got his first gadget a decade ago. He loves using his technical expertise to write informative and useful content to help people. Besides the techy stuff, he enjoys listening to music, reading books, and playing cricket. Occasionally, you can see him taking candid photographs or nurturing hanging orchids in his front yard.


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