Windows 11 Drag & Drop to the Taskbar (Fix)

Overview

Windows 11 Drag & Drop to the Taskbar (Fix)

This program fixes the missing "Drag & Drop to the Taskbar" support in Windows 11. In the best case, such a simple and basic functionality will return to Windows 11 in October 2022 (or never). For now, we have to use workarounds in the OS that was supposed to "empower our productivity".

Windows11DragAndDropToTaskbarFix works with the new Windows 11 taskbar and does not require nasty changes like UndockingDisabled or restoration of the classic taskbar. It doesn't change any system registry keys (except Autostart for itself when configured), so it's a very portable solution.

Download Binary (Windows11DragAndDropToTaskbarFix.exe)

Read the Changelog

View the source code (Windows11DragAndDropToTaskbarFix.cpp)

How Does It Work?

The program detects if you're currently pressing the left mouse button and determines which icon on the taskbar you hover the mouse pointer on. If the cursor stays in the same area for definied number of milliseconds - it simulates the Win+T hotkey and arrow keys in order to restore the intended window, using a quite complicated method. It also supports dropping files to the "Show desktop" button (bottom-right of the screen). The program supports auto startup and has many configuration options (please read below).

Limitations

  • The program does not support pinning apps to the taskbar using the drag and drop gesture, and this feature is currently not planned. However, you still can pin apps to the taskbar by clicking on their icons with the right mouse button, and then "Pin to taskbar" from the list.

  • I'm not aware of any serious limitations in the current version. Please check #issues

Antiviruses and False Positives

It was reported that some antivirus programs are flagging Windows11DragAndDropToTaskbarFix as malicious. This is most likely caused by version 1.1.2.0 change. The program was compiled as the static version of the run-time library (MT) in order to prevent runtime errors caused by C++ 20 standard. Possibly part of the static runtime code (which is now included in the executable) has some similar signature to the other detected threats. Besides that, the program is an advanced workaround which simulates user input (hotkeys simulation), switches windows, etc. All these things are not something commonly used by other programs, right? It's an open-source project, so you can verify the code and then compile yourself.

How to Start or Quit the Program?

To use the fix, please simply download the binary file above (or compile it yourself) and start it as any other program. It works as an independent C++ process. It does not change any registry keys (with the exception of the autostart key for itself) and does not inject any DLLs to other processes.

To quit this program, please simply kill Windows11DragAndDropToTaskbarFix.exe or Windows 11 Drag & Drop to the Taskbar (Fix) by the Task Manager.

Custom Configuration (Optional)

Since version 1.1 it's possible to configure the program by creating a configuration file at the same location as Windows11DragAndDropToTaskbarFix.exe. The configuration file should be named: Windows11DragAndDropToTaskbarFixConfig.txt.

Please read a separate article: CONFIGURATION for details.

New Ideas Are Welcome

If you have any idea how to improve this program, or if you found a different method of determining the window under the cursor - please share it with us!

Code Quality

It's not beautiful, but it works. I also believe that the optimization is good by the dynamic thread sleep times. Please feel free to issue pull requests to improve it. The software will for sure be updated by me, I just wanted to share it with people as soon as possible. Microsoft seems to do the same thing with their Operating System :)

Donation?

If you love this software so much that you would like to buy me a cola, pizza, or anything else - you can make a donation using the button available on my other project's website: Click here. Please don't forget to mention in the donation message that it's for this fix :)

Comments
  • W11DADTTF shows up in taskbar after hibernation

    W11DADTTF shows up in taskbar after hibernation

    Pretty insignificant, but after waking up from hibernation an alerting icon shows up in the taskbar, but this is easily fixed by restarting the program.

    opened by cakeforcat 32
  • Something Annoying I Hope To Fix

    Something Annoying I Hope To Fix

    Hi,

    I'm facing a problem when I'm selecting a long text and the mouse reach the bottom of the screen like for example I want to select text on word and I have more than one page, then when I select this text and I want to select specific pages using the cursor and the cursor reach the most bottom of the screen and there are some apps open then it switches to the app where the cursor reaches in the taskbar and my work (selecting the text) will be canceled.

    This is a video to explain more: https://user-images.githubusercontent.com/95059797/143514003-fd948b37-cd6a-4fb1-8d70-5701f34d640f.mp4

    Thank you.

    opened by Alwasmi69 23
  • Change icon

    Change icon

    Changes:

    • changed icon
    • ~~deleted open browser & redirect to configuration.md actions (because the config file already says where to go to get help on the config file)~~
    opened by QuestYouCraft 16
  • Problem with DetectKnownPixelColorsToPreventAccidentalEvents

    Problem with DetectKnownPixelColorsToPreventAccidentalEvents

    Hi, Thanks for this great app that I've been using for a while now.

    With the latest version V2.0.0 the app stops working if I enable DetectKnownPixelColorsToPreventAccidentalEvents. I tried starting the app from a new location and with the default settings, after closing all programs with KillEmAll to make sure to eliminate any conflicts with other apps. Only the NOD32 antivirus remains open, which I don't think can interfere.

    Mini FR: is it possible to eliminate the popup warning of configuration file modification and set the automatic reload?

    Thank you.

    opened by boromyr 13
  • Just holding down left mouse button without dragging

    Just holding down left mouse button without dragging

    When holding down the left mouse button without having a file that gets dragged, the behavior is the same as when dragging a file.

    Would be nice to have a check whether a file is being dragged or not.

    I know this is an edge case, but a case nonetheless!

    opened by Inzaniity 12
  • I'd remapped the arrow keys and couldn't understand why the fix is not working

    I'd remapped the arrow keys and couldn't understand why the fix is not working

    Was wondering for a while why it's not working on my laptop, but then I remembered that I had to remap the arrow keys as they are partly broken for now.. Not sure where do I go from here, I guess I'll have to wait a year.

    opened by dmitrydva 11
  • It doesn't work for me..

    It doesn't work for me..

    It doesn't work for me.. i also configured to.. but doesn't show any drag and drop thing.

    edit : it worked with version 1.8.00 but any other further versions doesn't work.

    opened by cohenmusic 8
  • Issues with maximizing/minimizing windows

    Issues with maximizing/minimizing windows

    Hello, I love this tool, but sometimes I've noticed that the windows randomly "lock" while using it. As in. After dragging and dropping something, the window sometimes prevents me from switching between different windows in the task bar. It will simply blink or flash without doing anything.

    The only one I've found was closing the program, which fixed the issue. Any workarounds for this? Thanks!

    opened by Gigafrost 8
  • Doesn't seem to work when task bar at top

    Doesn't seem to work when task bar at top

    I know this isn't supported by Windows, but if you move your Windows taskbar to the top of the screen through hack, this drag and drop program does not work, sadly. Otherwise, great program and thank you.

    Drag and drop is required, really, and Windows made an error not implementing it, so thank you! (Edit: To be clear, this was meant to be a criticism of Windows, not your program! My original comment made it seem I was criticizing this utility. Nope!)

    You can work around by ALT-TAB'g while holding the file, but of course that is more cumbersome.

    opened by jonathanmc 7
  • Support for second monitor

    Support for second monitor

    If the target folder / window is in a second monitor, the drop functionality does not activate the window. Is it possible to support secondary monitors?

    opened by quiquejbb 7
  • Some instances of explorer.exe crashing when I try to drag and drop a video file onto the taskbar

    Some instances of explorer.exe crashing when I try to drag and drop a video file onto the taskbar

    I could manage to drag and drop all other types of files except video ones. Specifically, .mp4. Is it just me or others can drag and drop video files without any crashing? I said some instances because the folder from which I'm draging the video doesn't crash but the taskbar crashes

    Edit: I realized it's worth mentioning that I'm using Stardock's Start11 which may or may not alter the behaviour of Windows11DragAndDropToTaskbarFix

    opened by shantanub08 5
  • Can not remove complete from computer. Worried its malware or spyware

    Can not remove complete from computer. Worried its malware or spyware

    Hi there I was able to remove the file and delete it but whenever I go to my startup applications settings I still see it there and I cannot remove or grey out the button to have it not start up automatically, I cant uninstall in through the add or remove program section and I cant find any trace of the file through my search tool. Screenshot 2022-07-24 013103

    opened by lumacski 8
  • How do I uninstall this?

    How do I uninstall this?

    Sorry for the newbie question, but I have been informed that soon or later Windows will reintroduce the official Drag and Drop function. How will I uninstall the scrip once the official one will be out?

    Thank you in advance.

    opened by DMJelly 5
  • App bad understand what app I want to open

    App bad understand what app I want to open

    https://user-images.githubusercontent.com/7759507/150231145-75179ff9-32e4-44b4-8875-d3db9f448c79.mp4

    Windows 11 with 125% windows scalling App ver. 2.2.0.0

    opened by DanRotaru 18
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