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Arseny Vorontsov
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Open A File By Drag-and-dropping It Onto A Windows Taskbar Icon


However, I would like to be able to SHIFT drag a file onto the electron app icon on the Windows Taskbar when the app is running. When I do the SHIFT drag, the tooltip says 'Open with Electron', but when I then drop....nothing happens. I have tried console logging inside the "second-instance" handler, which is what I would expect to fire...but nothing.




Open a file by drag-and-dropping it onto a Windows Taskbar icon



As we exclusively reported last year, the company has been internally mulling support for this functionality for nearly six months now. With Windows 11 Build 22557, Microsoft has finally enabled drag and drop support for the taskbar, allowing users to drag and drop files between app windows.


Starting with Windows 11 Build 22557, it is now possible to drag and drop files like images or texts between app windows. To get started, simply select and hold a file pinned to the desktop or File Explorer and drag it towards one of the open apps in the taskbar by hovering over icons.


This will bring their windows to the foreground and apps can copy the content dragged by you. For example, you can drag an image from the desktop and drop it in the Outlook attachment screen by hovering over the Outlook icon in the taskbar.


1. On your PC, open the File Explorer app. You can search for the app to find it; tap the folder icon if you have the shortcut on your taskbar; or you can locate the File Explorer app in the "Windows System" folder.


Probably the most awaited change is the revival of drag and drop support to the taskbar that allows Windows 11 users to drag and drop files between apps by hovering the mouse over their taskbar icons.


"Try attaching a file to an Outlook e-mail by dragging it and hovering over the Outlook icon in the taskbar to bring the window to the foreground. Once in the foreground, drop your file into the e-mail to attach it," Microsoft's Amanda Langowski and Brandon LeBlanc said.


Here's how to enable file drag-n-drop on taskbar in Windows 11 to open files in running apps. Unfortunately, this useful feature wasn't added to Windows 11. It doesn't allow you to drag documents on the taskbar buttons of apps.


One of the new features of Windows 11 is the taskbar. It displays the Start menu button and running apps aligned to the center. Also, the tray icon area works quite different. For example, network, sound, and battery icons are one huge button, which opens Quick Settings when you click it.


Another regression is that taskbar doesn't allow dragging files to the running app buttons. Earlier, you could find the needed file in File Explorer and quickly drag to a button in the taskbar. The target app would open on the screen with the dragged document open once you release the left mouse button. This no longer a thing. Windows 11 only shows the red "cancel" icon, indicating that the feature is not supported.


I frequently need to process a bunch of files with a batch script. The way I usually do this is by selecting the files in the explorer and then drag-and-dropping them onto a shortcut to the script (the target of that shortcut is cmd /C C:\path\to\my\script.bat).


Ideally, I would like to have that shortcut pinned to the taskbar and simply drag-and-drop the files onto there. However, while Windows 11's 22H2 update restored drag-and-drop via the taskbar for applications that are already running, it seems that there is no way to drag-and-drop files onto a shortcut to trigger execution of its target command. The same applies to the start menu, I can pin the shortcut there, but I cannot drag-and-drop anything onto it.


In Windows 10, you can open a file by dragging it onto an app on the taskbar. Also, the same logic works with pinning app shortcuts. It appears none of that works in Windows 11. Any attempt to drag and drop a file or a shortcut to the taskbar in Windows 11 ends up with a stop icon appearing near the cursor.


When working on a specific task, snap two or more open apps or windows to create a snap group. When you want to get back to the snap group later, hover over one of your open apps in the taskbar to find it.


The Recent list will automatically show any saved file that you opened with Outlook 2003 or Outlook 2007. You can then easily re-open any of the listed files by right clicking on the Outlook icon and select that file.


The settings window.openFoldersInNewWindow and window.openFilesInNewWindow are provided to configure opening new windows or reusing the last active window for files or folders and possible values are default, on and off.


Drag and Drop have been fundamental Windows functionality that we have been using for years. The feature is a bit broken on Windows 11 and Microsoft has acknowledged fixing it, but we are not sure when they will do that. It is not that dragging and dropping files across apps does not work, instead just that we cannot make use of the taskbar to switch apps/windows for dropping. When we drag a file to the taskbar, it shows the not allowed icon and does not invoke the desired app.


So, what do I do to open files in different windows in modern Excel versions? Nothing special :) Just use the Open command in Excel or double-click a file in Windows Explorer. To open a file in a new Excel instance, follow these instructions.


Tip. To switch between different windows displaying different spreadsheets, use the Ctrl + F6 shortcut.How to open multiple instances of ExcelWhen opening multiple files in Excel 2013 and later, each workbook is displayed in a separate window. However, they all open in the same Excel instance by default. In most cases, that works just fine. But if you execute a long VBA code or recalculate complex formulas in one workbook, other workbooks within the same instance may become irresponsive. Opening each document in a new instance solves the problem - while Excel performs a resource-consuming operation in one instance, you can work in a different workbook in another instance.


I have two desktops open in Windows 11. In one desktop, I have an excel workbook open. What I want to do is open a separate excel workbook in the other desktop. If I click on the icon on the second desktop (I do not have an icon in the taskbar on the second desktop), it takes me to the first desktop. My goal is to have one workbook open in the first desktop and a different one open in the second desktop.


It was possible in Windows 10 to drag and drop a file on apps icons in Taskbar to open them in the app. Windows 11 removed this feature but users wanted this feature back and it was again one of the most requested feature to be added back to Windows 11. So, Microsoft has decided to bring this feature back in the latest insider Build 22557.


Search for the Drag and Drop Toolbar for Windows 11 in the search bar and click on the Get button to install it to your system.This app will now launch a separate notch-shaped taskbar at the top-middle center of your screen.You can drag your file to this mini taskbar to open your file in the desired application.Your dragged file will instantly open in your chosen application.


One change that has proved controversial and frustrating relates to the taskbar. If you try to drag and drop an app to the taskbar to create a shortcut, or drop a document on an existing shortcut to the associated app to open the file, you will find that you can't. Microsoft is planning to bring this functionality back to Windows 11, but not immediately.


The problem comes to this: one software is run as administrator and the other is not. At least that is the explanation that I have found on the Internet to this apparently common problem with various pieces of software; and which explenation is confirmed by my tests On my system I have one User and that User is the administrator. I have Mp3tag pinned down to the Windows Taskbar. The Mp3tag icon on Taskbar has 2 playlists pinned to it. And by default it works like this: if I want to open Mp3tag I can either left click the main icon on the Taskbar or right click the very same icon to unfold the short menu- and then left click one of the two playlists or the additional icon for the Mp3tag EXE itself. So after that, in either case, if I have files in the main window of Mp3tag and want to select them and drag them to my audio editor I can do that only in theory- because in reality nothing will happen [except for an occasional show up of the hour glass for a split second]. Also if I execute the simple File > Options > Tools entry


and select the box for that. So now what happens? If I left click the icon on the Taskbar [or right click it and the left click the sub-icon] Mp3tag will open- and I can drag files to my editor from it. And I can also execute my File > Options > Tools shortcut. So, the problem is solved? Well, not exactly Because if now I will right click the icon on the Taskbar to see the menu and left click a playlist from it- nothing will happen. So now the task of loading of the playlist is ignored. And there is no


B] If I want to play files from Mp3tag in my Winamp, I can double left click a single file in the main window or select in the main windows multiple files and use the Play option from the right click menu- and then have to wait for about 20 seconds before Winamp will finally start to play the loaded data. And what is also interesting, during this 20 seconds Mp3tag works half-way, e.g. I can execute an Action but then will have to wait for the Mp3tag Toolbar icons to regain their colors thus indicating that the options from the Toolbar are no longer blocked [by that sending process that last 20 seconds]. And what is more interesting, if in these new conditions [with Run as administrator applied directly to the EXE] I drag and drop the files to Winamp from Mp3tag, there are loaded into the playlist immediately The same thing [the "B]" that is] happens with FreeCommander file manager: I cannot drag and drop files from it unless FC is opened as administrator- and when it is, it takes 20 seconds for a file left-clicked in FreeCommander to be played in Winamp and during these 20 seconds FC blocks itself [but completely and not just kind of like inthe case of Mp3tag]. So I should also run Winamp as administrator- and the problem will be solved [because I will have an administrator combo consisting of tagging, file managing and audio playing software]? Not exactly 350c69d7ab


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