How To Enable Drag And Drop In Windows 11

Drag and drop is a convenient feature that allows you to easily move and organize files, folders, and applications by simply clicking and dragging them to their desired locations. In this blog post, we will guide you on how to enable drag and drop in Windows 11.

Step 1: Ensure That Your Mouse Settings Are Correct

Before you can enable drag and drop in Windows 11, it’s essential to make sure that your mouse settings are configured correctly. To do so, follow these steps:

  1. Press Win + I to open the Settings app.
  2. Click on Bluetooth & devices.
  3. Click on Mouse in the right pane under Mouse, keyboard, & pen.
  4. Make sure that the Select with a single click option is disabled.

Step 2: Enable Drag and Drop in File Explorer

Windows 11 introduced a new layout for File Explorer, which may affect the drag-and-drop functionality. To enable drag and drop in File Explorer, follow these steps:

  1. Open File Explorer.
  2. Click on the three-dot menu icon in the top right corner and select Options.
  3. In the Folder Options window, navigate to the View tab.
  4. Under Advanced settings, make sure that the option Use check boxes to select items is unchecked.
  5. Click OK to save your changes.

Step 3: Enable Drag and Drop for Apps

To enable drag and drop for applications in Windows 11, you may need to run the application as an administrator. This will grant the app the necessary permissions to access the drag-and-drop functionality. To run an application as an administrator:

  1. Right-click on the application’s shortcut or executable file.
  2. Select Properties.
  3. Switch to the Compatibility tab.
  4. Check the box next to Run this program as an administrator.
  5. Click OK to save your changes.

Now, you should be able to use drag and drop within the application. Keep in mind that running applications as an administrator may pose security risks, so only do this for trusted apps.


With the steps outlined in this blog post, you should now be able to enable drag and drop in Windows 11 for files, folders, and applications. This feature will greatly improve your productivity and make it easier to move and organize your data. Enjoy the convenience of drag and drop in your Windows 11 experience!