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    Prompt to confirm folder move on drag/drop


    by jwolfer ·

    Greetings all…

    Been scouring the net all day trying to find a fix/hack for this.

    We have many users who perform an accidental drag/drop on a folder rather than a solid double click to view the contents of the folder.

    We find that folders will go missing, only to find it has been moved to a nearby folder by mistake.

    I would like to know if there is a way to force a yes/no (or whatever) prompt to appear when a user drags and drops a folder using left click.

    Permissions are not an option.. as they may very well need to move it, and if they are deliberate about it, it is fine. It is the accidental moves that are driving me nuts!

    Thanks for your help in advance!

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    • #3043675

      Wild guess

      by charliespencer ·

      In reply to Prompt to confirm folder move on drag/drop

      As I understand the problem, the user is intending to double-click. Instead, the user holds the button down too long for the first click, and he isn’t holding the mouse still, so the OS interprets it as a drag-and-drop.

      I don’t know how to force a prompt, but have you tried slowing the mouse down so it isn’t as sensitive to the minor movement? Or enlarge the icons and the space between them so it’s harder to overlap them? I think PowerToys allows this.

      • #3202634

        Drag-drop folder move problems

        by alex.bailey ·

        In reply to Wild guess

        That’s a good decription of the problem, which I see a lot. Users drag one folder inside another nearby. Its been a problem since Microsoft gave the common dialog boxes ‘mini-explorer’ functionality. I am looking for a registry hack or policy setting either to disable the explorer functionality in these boxes or to force a confirmation request before a file move. Does anybody know one?

    • #3210264

      user data on accidental moving folders/drag &drop

      by ward ·

      In reply to Prompt to confirm folder move on drag/drop

      Looking for info from IT managers on users by mistake moving folders; drag/drop rather than double click to view contents;etc. Looking for any data on how widespread human error a factor.

      many thanks

    • #2519982

      Ever get a solution for this?

      by alan.kass ·

      In reply to Prompt to confirm folder move on drag/drop

      I’m looking for solutions to the same problem with our laptop users. Ever get a solution or work-around for it?

    • #2520651

      Has a solution been found

      by jfigas ·

      In reply to Prompt to confirm folder move on drag/drop

      I also have users that don’t pay attention to what they are doing and move files and folders by mistake. Has anyone found a way to receive a prompt like you get when you delete. ie: Are you sure you want to . . . .

      • #2482646

        the solution is in the past, Windows 9x had the option

        by andy konecny ·

        In reply to Has a solution been found

        a long time ago, in the transition from 16 to 32 bit operations, we did have the option we desire in Windows 95 and 98, but Microsoft, in their infinite ‘wisdom’ decreed that we no longer need that option of a warning about folder moves. Apparently in the Microsoft world, removing features is a product ‘enhancement’.
        This is why I avoid using Explorer as much as possible, with my choice of an alternate being Total Commander from

    • #2632861

      Do you have solution now ?

      by wcasinillo ·

      In reply to Prompt to confirm folder move on drag/drop

      Hi !

      Can you share how do you solve your problem. I have the same case, if Microsoft Windows have the ability to record or to log a any drag/drop or moving of files/folder then this will solve the case in order for us to get the culprit. Since some users are denying of what they did.

      • #2638150

        good Audit programs should track this

        by andy konecny ·

        In reply to Do you have solution now ?

        I’m sure that most good audit programs will track this problem, even if they don’t do anything to stop this from happening.
        The users who are denying doing these accidental drag and drops are very likely just not aware that they’ve done so.

      • #2662956

        What is the solution? The world needs this!

        by marco.monzon ·

        In reply to Do you have solution now ?

        Does anyone have an answer to this post, it seems to be a poputlar search and I keep coming up empty, some registry ones, where you go to HKCU or HKLM and modify SW/MS/Windows/CurrentVersion\InternetSettings\Zones\0 and 1 DWORDS 1802 change Value data from 0 to 1 . And that didnt work!

    • #2913129


      by m_bilal_sheikh ·

      In reply to Prompt to confirm folder move on drag/drop


      I can understand the pain. I am/was in the same situation. Been looking and googling for ages. If you have AD you can tackle it by group policy through the following kb article.

      More Info on

      This go for the prompt when selecting the action. I have successfully implemented it with a sigh of relief when looking at the result.

      Now i have one problem left of my own. I cant block users creating folders or renaming them without having to sacrifice their file renaming and modifying capabilities which are what i require. I am sure this is a typical scenario for most central storage based setups without a document management solution.

      • #2969929

        could you elaborate…please?

        by rueg ·

        In reply to SOLUTION

        Did not understand squat of what was described on that microsoft support page. I’m having the same problem, but could you copy paste the excact things you used, and how 🙂 ?

        Thanks a bunch!

      • #2986322

        Windows Explorer not IE

        by rcaryl ·

        In reply to SOLUTION

        This appears to work for Internet Explorer but not Windows Explorer. Does anyone know a solution for Windows Explorer we have the same issues here too!

        • #2987803

          Intercept Drag & Drop

          by gvl ·

          In reply to Windows Explorer not IE

          Preventing or intercepting drag & drop actions through explorer can be done by writing a shell extension for explorer.

          I had the same problems with users inadvertently moving files and am also a sw developer so I wrote an utility.

          Although it’s free for personal and non-profit use I don’t want to spam a link here. But if you Google the title of this reply you should find it easily.

        • #2434958

          Intercept Drag & Drop

          by trueanswer ·

          In reply to Intercept Drag & Drop

          Hi gvl@…
          I tried to download your developed sw called Intercept Drag & Drop and installed it. However it does not work on my computer. Is it because it does not support Win 7 64-bit and I have a swedish language pack too!??

        • #2428671

          Intercept Drag & Drop

          by swimxu ·

          In reply to Intercept Drag & Drop

          I have also downloaded your product and cannot get it to work. I am also running Windows 7 64 bit Enterprise SP1.

        • #2998537

          Confirmation Prompt

          by ricky.obrien ·

          In reply to Windows Explorer not IE

          i am amazed how hard it is just to get a comfirmation yes/no prompt to stop users moving folders/files by mistake, on windows nt and WfWg it was an option.

          i believe almost every one just wants a simple soultion that dosnt involve reg hacks.
          i work in the nhs with over 3200 PC’s so something that can be done via Group Policy would be good.

        • #2998849

          Disable or Prompt Drag and Drop

          by shertzer ·

          In reply to Confirmation Prompt

          Did you ever find an enterprise solution for this (i.e. Group Policy template)? I have tried the 1802 DWORD 1 registry hack, but it doesn’t work (IE8? XP SP3? idk)… It is amazing that all of these threads I am finding are five or six years old with no solutions!

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