Thursday, September 29, 2016

Troubleshoot:Drag & Drop Feature is disabled?

Drag & Drop Feature is disabled?

I can not get the drag drop feature to work.
When I try to drag a photo, or file from one location to another on the same page it just bounces back to the original location.
The Auto sort will not allow it to be moved and there is no way o disable the auto
This has been occurring on 4 Gateway computers which I up graded to win.
7 for the grand kids.
I can not restore the old Vista O/S as it was pre installed without including the disc.

Keys to the Problem Drag & Drop Feature is disabled?

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Ah yes! Possibly the biggest single failing of Win7 (to be continued in Win8  apparently).
The ability to disable auto-arrange is said to be an intentional 'feature' of Win7.
Apparently the good people at Monopoly$oft think we should all be happy with the two hundred odd options to arrange our files and folders within a tidy grid of uniformity.

There are many threads on this unfortunate topic, and the many thousands of complaints to Monopol$oft .

-The thread below (56 pages with many un-happy campers before they shut it down),  has a post with a link to the 'full row select' registry fix by -
Ramesh Srinivasan

This is another page from the same site.
Both pages have some different details.
Download site -

-There is also a software that includes a disable auto arrange feature, but I don't have a
There may be one farther into the big Thread above ( say 30 pages or so ?).
It's been that long I don't really recall what method I used.

If you have all the Windows Updates and don't even have the option 'Auto-arrange' on your
R/click menu greyed out then Monopoly$oft have declined to fix the problem.

-Be aware that you can drag a folder/file on top of another accidentally, and hide the other folder while in an icon view, so this method is a bit more cumbersome to use than with previous OS's.
You cannot use this method in 'Libraries', or 'Program Files (X86), but will work in the 'User' , and other 'real' folders.

You still cannot disable auto arrange in the 'List' and a couple of other Views.
It will be

greyed out.
When in any Icon view you can place the files/folders anywhere you like, as is still possible on the desktop.
You can still 'align to grid'  and keep spaces between groups of files/folders.
You can also move items up or down in 'Details' view, but only within the grid, and you have
to use the Documents  option - R/click on the folder and go to
Properties - Customize -
What kind of folder do you want ?
If you prefer list view you can change back to list view after you have moved your files/folders via 'Details' and the arrangement should keep.

Your arrangement can revert to default with some system setting changes.
I have a couple

of folders on the desktop that this happens to if I change certain desktop settings.
Another option - here -  I don't know if this has the same registry entries as those by  Ramesh.


Using Windows troubleshooter:

  • Click on Search on Charm bar and type Troubleshooting. Click on the very first option.
  • A new window will open. Click View all from the left pane.
  • Scroll down to the bottom and click on Windows update.
  • Troubleshooter window for Windows update will pop up. Click on NEXT. It may ask you for administrative permission.
  • The troubleshooter will automatically detect problems and fix it.
  • Now, close this window and try download/install the app which was previously showing error.

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