Windows 11 disables drag & drop feature for taskbar, and users are not happy

Windows 11 is
expected to launch in October and Microsoft has already
revealed features that were removed or depreciated in the new
operating system. Some key features like
Timeline will be removed or replaced to reduce clutter, but
some of the changes wouldn’t exactly be convenient and they
could affect the way you use Windows on a daily basis.

With Windows 11, the taskbar is losing support for some basic
features and it might feel like a downgrade when compared to
Windows 10. For example, the taskbar can only be used at the
bottom of the screen. Windows 11 won’t let you pin the taskbar
to other sides of the screen, according to Microsoft’s official
documentation.

In the official documentation, Microsoft has only acknowledged the removal of
one taskbar feature, but
as we discovered in preview builds, Windows 11 has also
dropped support for a full-fledged right-click menu and the
ability to drag and drop files onto an app in the taskbar.

Basic right click menu
New taskbar right-click menu

In a post on Feedback Hub,
Microsoft has now admitted that this behaviour is not a “known
issue” and Windows 11 no longer comes with taskbar drag and
drop feature, at least for now.

“Currently, dragging a file onto an app in the taskbar to open
it in that app is not supported in Windows 11, but we
appreciate all your feedback, and we’ll continue to use it to
help guide the future of features like this,” the company
noted.

Feedback Hub statement

Additionally, Windows 11 doesn’t allow users to drag and drop
apps onto the taskbar to create a shortcut, as shown in the
below screenshot.

Taskbar drag and drop removed

So far, the reaction to Microsoft’s statement on Feedback Hub
has been outrageous.

One user commenting: “Sorry Microsoft, but that response is
pathetic. Why remove features that have been in Windows for
years? There is this, and then there’s the right-click context
menu, or lack there of now — for as long as I have been using
Windows, it’s always been right-click on taskbar for the Task
Manager”.

“This is such a disappointment! One expects better
functionality in new versions of software. Breaking perfectly
good things in the process is completely unacceptable. And the
Microsoft response to this problem calling it “not supported”
without citing reasons for removal or a statement for
resolution is also really unsatisfactory,” another user noted.

Some users were much more upset with the change, explaining
that the new taskbar is a downgrade.

Restoring classic taskbar

Apparently, Windows 11 still includes the classic taskbar, but
it’s hidden. In the preview builds, users can modify the
Registry and bring back Windows 10’s classic taskbar in Windows
11. To do this, navigate to the following location in Registry:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionShellUpdatePackages

In the above location, create a DWORD (32-bit) called
“UndockingDisabled” and set its value to 1. Once done, close
the Registry Editor and reboot Windows.

However, it’s likely that Microsoft will disable this hack
because the company clearly wants to remove Windows 10-era
features. For example, the company has already disabled the
hack that lets you restore the classic
Start menu with live tiles.

At the moment, we don’t know if and when Windows 10 taskbar
features will be restored ahead of Windows 11 October 2021
release.

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