How to disable drag and drop to prevent accidental move or copy in Windows 10?

Many users face problems due to accidentally move a folder to another location without being aware of it. It happens due to a sensitive touchpad or mouse that causes the accidentally dragging of folders/files to unwanted places. If you are one of those who want to completely disable drag and drop to prevent accidental move or copy in Windows 10, this post will help you.

When you drag a file/folder from one location to another in File Explorer, it will offer you to move it or copy it depending on whether you drag it to another folder on the same drive or another drive.

To disable the drag-and-drop feature of Windows 10, one needs to change the drag-and-drop distance to an immense value. For instance, you could change it from the default 400 pixels to 2000 pixels, so it will be impossible to drag files for such a long distance (Basically, you need to specify a higher value than your screen resolution), essentially disable the drag and drop feature.

How to disable drag and drop to prevent accidental move or copy in Windows 10?

It is possible to disable drag and drop to prevent accidental move or copy in Windows 10 using Registry Editor because there is no direct option to disable this feature. To disable the drag and drop feature in Windows 10, use the following steps:-

  1. Press and hold Windows logo + R keys from the keyboard to open the Run dialog box.

  2. In the Run box, type the following and hit Enter from the keyboard:-

regedit

3. In the Registry Editor window that opens, navigate to the following registry key:-

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop
4. On the right side of the Desktop key, you’ll see two entries called DragHeight and DragWidth, with its default value 4.
Double-click on DragHeight and change its value to more than your screen resolution of the display. Perform a similar action for DragWidth.

My monitor display resolution is 1440 x 900 pixels, so I set both DragHeight and DragWidth values to 2000.

  1. Close Registry Editor window.

  2. Restart your computer.

Now try to drag and drop a file; this functionality will not work any longer in Windows 10.

If you are a novice user, refer to our complete guide on view and change Screen Resolution in Windows 10.

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