How to enable Drag and Drop support in VirtualBox?

VirtualBox is a great freeware that lets you install any Windows OS virtually on your computer. The VirtualBox free software allows you to share a folder from the host OS to the guest OS. The VirtualBox is full of features. It allows installing a virtual OS on the host operating system and sharing the folder between host and guest OS, but it also lets you copy the files and folders from the guest OS to the host OS and from the host to the guest OS.

The benefit of the drag and drop features is that you don’t need to copy your files in a USB flash drive and then transfer them to the Guest machine. That means, by enabling the Drage and Drop support on your Virtualbox, you can copy and file or folder from the host machine to a guest machine and vice-versa.

To enable Drag and Drop support in VirtualBox, you have to install the Guest additions.

How to install Guest additions on a Virtual machine?

Step 1. Run the guest Windows 10.

Step 2. From the VirtualBox menu, click on the Devices and select the “Insert Guest Additions CD image” option.

Step 3. Run the VBoxWindowsAdditions.exe, which will be automatically mounted on the virtual CD-ROM.

Step 4. If Windows User Account Control (UAC) prompts, click on the Yes button.

Step 5. During the installation of the virtual machine additions, it will prompt you to install device software. Click on the Install button.

Step 6. To complete the installation of the drive, it will prompt to reboot the virtual machine; click on the Reboot now option to restart the guest Windows 10.

Step 7. Once the guest Windows 10 is running, login into guest Windows 10.

Step 8. Click on the Devices > Drag and Drop > Bidirectional.

Note: To disable the drag and drop access, select Devices > Drag and Drop > Disabled. To enable one-way drag and drop support from Host To Guest and Guest To Host, select the option according.

Step 9. Once the above-mentioned steps are completed, you can drag and drop any file or folder from the host to guest OS and guest to host OS according to your requirement.

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