How to enable Drag and Drop files feature for Windows 11 Taskbar

It has been more than a month since Windows 11 officially rolled out to the public. In due course of time, we have seen a lot of improvements including the ability to even install Android apps on your system. While all of that sounds good, there are still a few issues with Windows 11 that need to be worked on. The ability to drag and drop files to be opened by the running app has been omitted for some reason. Right from the beginning of the Windows 11 insider builds up to the current stable release, this feature has been missing.

Thankfully, there are a few ways you can follow to bring this feature back. Continue reading to know how to enable Drag and Drop files feature for Windows 11 Taskbar.

Just like the Start Button and the Start Menu that continues to exist, users also feel that the drag and drop files to the taskbar feature should have not been removed. It has always been a handy feature and continues to do. However, Microsoft has decided to bring the feature back and will be rolling it out first to insiders by the end of the year and later to the general public by early next year. So, for the time being, there are a few workarounds that can be used to imitate the drag and drop files to the taskbar on Windows 11.

Enable Drag and Drop Files in Windows 11 Taskbar

The community as always is quick to come out with a solution to bring this important feature back until Microsoft rolls it out as an update. Anyways, there are two simple and easy ways you can follow to bring this handy feature back. Let’s take a look.

Method 1 –

The first method is by using a simple tool that is available on GitHub. Titled Windows11DragAndDropToTaskbarFix, this tool helps to bring the useful feature back to Windows 11. The setup to enable this feature is pretty simple. Follow the steps below.

  1. First of all, you will need to head over to this GitHub page to download the tool.
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  2. To download the setup file, simply click on the exe link that is present right under the Assets heading.
  3. The setup weighs in at just 109KB. The file should be downloaded instantly.
  4. With the file downloaded, double-click it to run. Windows might throw up a warning about the file having an unverified publisher. 
  5. Simply click on the Run button.
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  6. Now, the software will open up the Console Window.
  7. You do not need to do anything at all. The window will also automatically close itself.
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  8. And that is it. That is how you can enable the Drag and Drop Files to Taskbar in Windows 11.
  9. If you wish to close the application from running, simply pull up the Task Manager and click on the Process tab.
  10. Now, search for the Windows 11 Drag and Drop Taskbar Fix process and right-click on it.
  11. Select the End Process option from the context menu. The feature will be closed right away.
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  12. To bring it back up, simply run the exe file and you are good to go.

Method 2

The second method is also another easy way to get this feature enabled. This requires you to download an app from the Microsoft Store. So, if you do not have a Microsoft account signed in to your system, it is time you do so as the Store requires you to have a Microsoft Account to download apps and even post reviews.

  1. Open up the Microsoft Store and head over to the search box that is in the middle at the top of the screen.
  2. Type in drag and drop. Hit the enter key to search the app.
  3. From the results, you will see the first app that says Drag and Drop Toolbar for Windows 11. Click on it.
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  4. Now, click on the blue Get button on the left side of the screen. The app will now begin to download to your PC.
  5. The app weighs just 1.1 MB. So, it should be a quick download.
  6. Once downloaded, click on the Open button in Microsoft Store.
  7. The moment you open the app you will receive a notification stating that the app has been set to run during Windows startup.
  8. Also, you will see a little tray at the top of your screen.
  9. To drag and drop files to whatever program is running, simply drag the file over to the top and hover over the panel. You can simply then drop the file over the open program and you are good to go.
    how to drag and drop files in windows 11 taskbar
  10. Granted it doesn’t place itself at the bottom where the taskbar is, but it does the job anyway.


So, there you have it. Two different ways you can follow to bring the D5ag and Drop files to the Taskbar feature on your Windows 11 PC. If you still are on Windows 10, you should stick to it until the feature rolls out via an update to Windows 11. Once the feature is officially integrated into the OS, there will be no need of using third-party apps to use this feature.

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Out of the two methods, which one suits you the best? Let us know about it in the comments below. Also, share this article with your friends.

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Enjoy games, 90's hip-hop, and tech. Loves exploring the infinite world of laptops and food. Every ready to provide assistance in anything that rocks his boat. Will gladly enjoy capturing memories through various lenses. Worked previously at PiunikaWeb as an author and researcher.

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