Disable Drag And Drop?

September 13, 2005 at 07:18:32
Specs: Windows XP, 1GB

Hello, I have an odd request. We have employees who occasionally will drag and drop a project into another project by accident using explorer or the open dialog in whatever program their using. They are trying to double click on a folder and they are still moving there mouse and by the time they release the mouse on the double click they have dropped the folder into the folder below. After this they see something they don’t recognize (the box that says moving) and they hit cancel. So now we have the project folder with half the files and the other half are in the other folder.

My boss wants to disable drag and drop so people can’t do this anymore. I have never heard of someone doing this so I don’t have the slightest idea on how to do it. I have heard of peoples hard drives physically failing and not being able to copy and paste or drag and drop, and I heard of a virus that does this along with many other bad things. And even if we did manage to do this, wouldn’t this be bad for other programs on our computer that use the drag and drop feature? AutoCAD, Word, Excel etc…

Any help with this would be great thanks. Also if it is not possible please explain why, I already told him it was not possible, and if it was possible it would be very hard to find a solution on how to do it.


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#1
September 13, 2005 at 07:37:41

You can try one or both of the following tricks.

Trick 1:

Right click Start button > Properties > Customize > Advanced tab. In the Start Menu items list, remove check mark from "Enable Dragging and Dropping".

Trick 2:

Disable IMAPI CD-Burning COM Service. Run services.msc to do this.

i_XpUser


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#2
September 13, 2005 at 07:43:16

I forgot to mention that if you disable drag & drop on the Start menu, you will also disable right-click.

i_XpUser


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#3
September 13, 2005 at 07:43:53

Hello, thanks for the quick reply. Trick 1 disabled draging and dropping on the start menu, which is cool, but doesnt disbale d&d in explorer or open dialogs for programs. Trick 2, didnt seem to do anything imapi service was already off?

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#4
September 13, 2005 at 07:52:10

If the imapi service was already off this means that you can't drag & drop files to the CD burner staging area.

Other than that, I'm out of ideas. I hope someone have better suggestions.

One thing you can do is distribute an interoffice memorandum warning the employees to refrain from doing the drag and drop or else..you know.

i_XpUser


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#5
September 13, 2005 at 07:57:02

Or take a computer class. This doesnt happen with the users that are computer savy!

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#6
September 13, 2005 at 08:00:01

If you have computer savy users among your staff you're in a tough situation. They know of many ways to circumvent the company policies without leaving traces if they are very careful.

i_XpUser


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#7
September 13, 2005 at 08:03:05

noone here is that savy, trust me, hehe. Although I do have a very strict audit policy, that logs almost everything. I know its much but I wanted to catch these dragger droppers!

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#8
September 13, 2005 at 08:04:47

Maybe they cannot use Windows Explorer if peoples User Accounts were changed to "Limited" account. I guess they have Admin. accounts ?
Just a thought.

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#9
September 13, 2005 at 08:05:34

:-) LOL. Like any laws, a company's policies is made to be broken as a ground for "show me the door."

i_XpUser


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#10
September 13, 2005 at 08:07:31

yeah they do, due to an autocad incompat thing. but i now here autodesk has a workaround, so now there isnt much that is keepig me from changing acounts to limited. Although in an open dialog box for say word they could still drag and drop a whole folder like they have been doing.
My boss insists there is a program that will do this. Can you tell me this is not possible so I can give him this post!

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#11
September 13, 2005 at 08:10:53

Can you just drag & drop your boss over to your PC and have him read our dialogues?

i_XpUser


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#12
September 13, 2005 at 08:16:23

If the program is autocad, is there a feature that allows you to disable drop and drag?

i_XpUser


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#13
September 13, 2005 at 08:18:16

yes but it doesnt work in an open dialog box.

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