One of the features I depend on in macOS is opening a file in a specific app by dragging it onto the app icon in the Dock.

Is there a way to do this in Windows 10? I tried dragging a file onto the icon in the Taskbar, yet the default action is pinning the file.


Hold the Shift key while dragging the file, and drop into a taskbar app. The file will be opened with the app in taskbar.

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    without the shift key, one can also hover over the application in the taskbar and it will maximize/restore and then the file can be dropped. Exactly where to drop it can vary but dropping it on the application's top bar is often where it will open (as opposed to inserted into an existing document) – Yorik Jun 24 '20 at 14:58
  • This only works if the app on the taskbar supports drag and drop of files. – DavidPostill Jun 24 '20 at 15:15
  • @DavidPostill the OP's wanted file seems to be allowed drag and drop? – programmer365 Jun 24 '20 at 16:31
  • @Yorik thank you but yours will require to open the app in taskbar. – programmer365 Jun 24 '20 at 16:32
  • @WasifHasan Yes, the first application may support dragging a file but the second application has to support drop when it is minimised to the taskabar – DavidPostill Jun 24 '20 at 16:34

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