Monday, August 3, 2009


Activate And De-Activate Drag And Drop Items In Start Menu | Windows XP - Windows 7

Windows allows you to drag and drop items on the Start menu. For example, let's say you are working on a document. You want that document to appear on the Start menu so you can easily access it while you are working on it.

No problem, just drag and drop the document on the Start button. This creates a 'shortcut' to your document-it does not actually move the document to the Start menu, but just creates a shortcut to it. 

If you can't drag and drop items, then you simply need to turn on the drag and drop feature.

To turn on dragging and dropping on the Start menu, follow these steps:
  1. Right-click the Start button at the lower-left corner of your screen and click Properties.
  2. Click the Customize button.
  3. On the Customize Start Menu window, click the Advanced tab.
  4. In the Start menu items portion of the window, locate the check box called Enable Dragging and Dropping. Click the check box so that a check appears. Click OK and OK again. You can now drag and drop items on your Start Menu.
Deactivate Drag And Drop:
If you want to prevent users from using the drag-and-drop method to reorder or remove items on the Start menu. Also, to remove context menus from the Start menu.

If you disable this setting or do not configure it, users can remove or reorder Start menu items by dragging and dropping the item. They can display context menus by right-clicking a Start menu item.

This setting does not prevent users from using other methods of customizing the Start menu or performing the tasks available from the context menus.   

Note: By now you might be familiar on activating drag and drop in windows XP, and to activate you can try the same way as said about for windows XP. This guide shows you how to make changes to Windows Vista / Windows 7 using Group Policy. Also Note Group Policy is not available in Home versions of Windows.
  1. Type gpedit.msc in the Start menu’s search box and then press Enter.
  2. Navigate to User Configuration, Administrative Templates, and then select Start Menu and Taskbar in the left column of the Group Policy editor (refer screen shot).
  • Double-click Remove drag-and-drop and context menus on the Start Menu on the Advanced menu in the Settings section of the Group Policy editor.
  • Select Enable and then click OK to save the changes. 


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