I am not able to drag & drop anything into google chrome. For instance, I was able to add gmail attachments using drag & drop until yesterday but today it does not seem to work. Basically when I drag & drop anything onto chrome (not necessarily gmail) I see the 🛇 sign. Version of chrome is "46.0.2490.80 m" and I tried cleaning cahce, deleting temporary files, disabling touch features of chrome, re-installing chrome, uninstalling Avira (browser security), use different mouse, restarting Windows etc. BTW, Drag drop feature of IE and Firefox works just as expected. Actually it was working fine with chrome until yesterday. I tried drag & drop on another PC with very same version of chrome, it just works fine.

I suppose it is not about chrome but about Windows. What may be wrong with my system?

  • In my case changing the Windows registry (in regedit) DefaultDropEffect to value 0 helped. It was set to value 4 before, which stands for "Always create shortcut".
    – hejdav
    Jun 8, 2022 at 6:38

8 Answers 8


Somehow I set chrome.exe as "Run as administrator" from "Right Click Shortcut -> Properties -> Compatibility". Unchecking this solved the problem.


You can try exiting and restarting Chrome. That just fixed it for me. (Maybe my Chrome instance had started as Administrator, but I don't know how/why that would have happened.)

  • That worked for me, Chrome must’ve been restarted with admin privileges during an update
    – Manu
    May 27, 2023 at 20:46
  1. Point Chrome to URL: chrome://flags
  2. DISABLE: "Enable touch events"
  3. DISABLE: "Enable touch initiated drag and drop"
  4. Relaunch chrome

Source: https://github.com/dbushell/Nestable/issues/92

It fixed this issue for me.

  • 1
    It makes sense why this would work (why listen for touch events when you don't have a touch device?). But, oddly, it had no effect on my problem. =\
    – user530079
    Oct 26, 2017 at 17:46
  • Strangely enough, it also helped for me. Can anyone explain, why this seemingly unrelated touch display setting solves this mouse drag-and-drop problem?
    – Artanis
    Apr 28, 2018 at 22:00
  • Tnx, works for me Apr 23, 2019 at 6:07
  • I had same problem in Chrome under Ubuntu 22.04. I went to chrome://flags and disabled Touch UI Layout, then after browser restart I changed the parameter back to default value. One more restart and the issue was gone.
    – 0xC0DEGURU
    Sep 1, 2023 at 11:04

If you have a touch screen laptop, then this works to fix problem. Point Chrome to URL: chrome://flags DISABLE: "Enable touch events" DISABLE: "Enable touch initiated drag and drop" Relaunch chrome, works now!

  • This is odd,  since the OP says they “tried ... disabling touch features of chrome”. Nov 3, 2017 at 8:33

Running Chrome as an administrator is causing this problem. Just go to chrome.exe settings and disable it. Restart the browser and drag and drop is back.

  • 1
    How does this differ from the accepted answer?
    – Ramhound
    Feb 5, 2019 at 10:52

Had to disable "Touch initiated drag and drop" - then I was all good again. For me the symptoms were that the webpage blinked while I was holding the file over the webpage, before dropping. /JFK


None of the answers above worked for me so I've installed Chrome Beta version and now drag and drop works.

It's not perfect solution but I don't care, choice is yours...


Since the option for enabling "Touch events" is removed from Chrome in some and the newest version I wanted to contribute with a solution that worked for me. I got this from a thread from Google Groups. You can try change the target: inside properties for Chrome shortcut on desktop or the task bar.

This is the thread: https://groups.google.com/a/chromium.org/forum/#!topic/chromium-discuss/43EvDVGan6E

Here is a quick guide:

Chrome shortcut > Properties > Target field: "C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" --touch-events

Enter "--touch-events" in the end like so. If it doesn't work try add "= enable" in the end also.

  • except that other answers say to disable touch events
    – somebody
    Oct 16, 2021 at 2:28

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