Windows 11 and 10 users often drag and drop files within the File Explorer app by holding the left mouse button. By default, In Windows 11 and 10, when you drag a file and drop it to a folder on a different drive, File Explorer performs the copy action. However, if you carry a file and drop it to a folder on the same drive, the default action is move.
But, if you press and hold the
However, if you would like to change the default drag-and-drop file action in Windows 11 or 10, the good news is you can do it by tweaking the Windows Registry.
In this gearupwindows article, we will guide you on configuring the drag and drop behavior to suit your preference.
How to Change Default Drag and Drop Action in Windows 11 or 10?
To alter or change the default drag and drop action in Windows 11 or 10, use these steps:-
Step 1. Open Registry Editor.
Step 2. When the Registry Editor appears on your computer, navigate to the following path in the left pane:-
Step 3. Now, right-click on the
Step 4. Name the newly created REG_DWORD as
Step 5. Now, double-click on the
- 0: Default action: Let Windows decide to copy or move files/folders when you drag and drop them into the same or another drive in File Explorer.
- 1: Always copy: Windows will always copy the file or folder at the destination.
- 2: Always move: The file or folder will always move to the destination.
- 3: Always create a shortcut: A link to the original file or folder will always be created at the destination.
Step 6. Click
Step 7. Now, navigate to the following path in the left sidebar of the Registry Editor window:-
Step 8. Right-click on the
Step 9. Name the newly created REG_DWORD as
Step 10. Next, double-click on the
Step 11. Click
Once you complete the above steps, the new setting for drag and drop behavior will take effect immediately. That means there is no need to restart your computer to apply the changes.
If you’ve set DefaultDropEffect REG_DWORD “Value data” to “1,” Windows will always perform the move action when you drag a file/folder and drop it to a folder on the same or another drive.