Remove the IE Drag & Drop Prompt

Like every power user, I’m annoyed with Microsoft’s “you’re about to hit a pothole” warnings. After installing a recent IE6 security update, I was smacked with an insipid dialog prompt every time I tried to copy an item (image or link) from Internet Explorer to the desktop. “Do you want to move or copy files from this zone?â€Â? Yes, I’m sure… I’m 100% positive I want to move or copy files from that zone. I must thank Dean Hachamovitch for the initial lead on this registry hack, although I had to change both the HKCU and HKLM subkey structures to eliminate the annoyance altogether:

[code]Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionInternet SettingsZones4]

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionInternet SettingsZones4]
“180B”=dword:00000000[/code]You can “safely” copy and paste that code into a new .REG file, then apply it to your own Registry by double-clicking the newly-created file. If you’re skilled enough, you can probably change the Registry directly with REGEDIT. If you’re too lazy to do any of that, I suppose you could download a ZIP file of the REG hack. And if you’re not sure what any of this means, then I’m telling you not to change a damn thing.

9 thoughts on “Remove the IE Drag & Drop Prompt”

  1. Thank you kindly for this. It’s the only thing that removed IE’s annoying prompt. Like Jade, I can only drag shortcuts (of images that are hyperlinked), but it works just peachy on images that aren’t linked.

  2. Thank you Jesus.
    I was ready to start smashing things, after having changed every conceivable IE setting and local security policy to get rid of that stupid popup every time I copied a file from a Windows server.

  3. i also used this reg change and now my drag and drop copies a shortcut instead of the actual file
    is there a way to undo this?

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