Windows 11 Taskbar to get drag and drop functionality back

After much user feedback, Microsoft may bring back the drag and drop support to the Windows 11 Taskbar.

Windows 11 Taskbar no drag and drop
Windows 11 Taskbar no drag and drop
  • Microsoft is rumored to bring back the drag and drop feature to the Windows 11 Taskbar.
  • The feature may arrive in the next feature update of Windows 11.
  • The Taskbar drag and drop support could first arrive for Insiders in the coming months.

Microsoft is reportedly working to bring back the ability to drag and drop files into the Taskbar on Windows 11. Alongside the new features and many improvements, Windows 11 also includes a new version of the Taskbar, which may look the same to most users, but many things have changed, and some of them were not well received.

Perhaps one of the biggest complaints on the new Taskbar is that it’s no longer possible to drag and drop items to pin them in the bar or drag files to the app button to maximize the window to open the file. However, it appears that Microsoft is listening to feedback (via Deskmodder) and planning to reverse some of the limitations, including bringing back the ability to drop items in the Taskbar.

It’s not clear when this functionality will return, but it’s rumored for the next feature update of Windows 11 (version 22H2), which the company is planning to release during fall 2022. As per usual, Microsoft will first test the support with Insiders with devices enrolled in the Dev Channel in the coming months.

Although we are now hearing about this reversal, the drag and drop feature has been discovered in early development builds of Windows 11. However, it was a feature you needed to enable using the registry.

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