How to set Default File Drag and Drop Actions on Windows 10

If you drag and drop files and folders to a new destination in File Explorer, Windows has two default actions: copy or transfer, depending on the target. There is a secret registry modification that lets you alter Windows 10’s default behavior. In this article, we will guide you through the whole procedure to set default file drag and drop actions on Windows 10.

Set default file drag and drop actions on Windows 10

To set default file drag and drop actions on Windows 10, follow this procedure step by step.

Click the Search button on the taskbar. Type Run in the search box and then click the Run option as the following image is showing.

As soon as you click the Run option, the subsequent dialogue box will appear.

Type Regedit in the Open textbox and then click the OK button as highlighted in the above image. The Registry Editor screen will appear as the following image is showing.

Navigate to the following path from the left side of the screen.

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*

Right click on the * option and select the New -> DWORD (32-bit) Value option as the following image is showing.

Rename the newly created word as DefaultDropEffect as the following image is showing.

Double click on the created word and the following dialogue box will appear.

Put 1 in the Value data textbox and then click the OK button as highlighted in the above image. Now again navigate to the following path from the left side of the screen.

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AllFilesystemObjects

Right click on the AllFilesystemObjects option and select the New -> DWORD (32-bit) Value option as the following image is showing.

Rename the newly created word as DefaultDropEffect option as the following image is showing.

Double click on the newly created word and the following dialogue box will appear.

Put 1 in the Value data textbox and then click the OK button as highlighted in the above image. Close the Registry Editor and changes will be applied immediately. There is no need to reboot the computer.

Conclusion

By following this procedure, you will be able to set default file drag and drop actions on Windows 10.

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