Windows 10: Drag and Drop txt to Notepad won't work Solved

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  1.    05 Sep 2015 #1

    Drag and Drop txt to Notepad won't work

    Normally, if I have notepad open, I would be able to click and drag an appropriate file into notepad, like a txt file, and it would open in notepad. Now, when I click and drag files into notepad, nothing happens.
    Any Suggestions.
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  2.    05 Sep 2015 #2

    Works for me. Maybe the association with .TXT files got changed to another application?
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  3.    05 Sep 2015 #3

    I appreciate the idea, but I was able to eliminate this as a possibility when I double click on a txt file and it successfully opens.
    I know it may sound dumb, but I really need the drag and drop option to work. The reason has to do with another issue Ive run into, which is how finicky Win 10 is with Admin Permissions. 9 time out of ten, if I open a txt via double-click, make adjustments, and then save, it won't. It won't even come up with an error informing me that it doesn't save.
    But if I open Notepad, and then navigate to the file via Notepad ctrl+o, I can make adjustments and save with no problem.
    TXTs aren't the only ones that wont open via drag-n-drop too. *.nfo and other system based files won't open via drag-n-drop.
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  4. Berton's Avatar
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       05 Sep 2015 #4

    varxtis said: View Post
    Normally, if I have notepad open, I would be able to click and drag an appropriate file into notepad, like a txt file, and it would open in notepad. Now, when I click and drag files into notepad, nothing happens.
    Any Suggestions.
    Worked for me to open Notepad then drag a file such as .htm from Documents into it. It did not work to drag a document to the Notepad icon in Windows Accessories or when pinned to the Taskbar like it did in Win7 when I had Notepad pinned to the Start menu.
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  5.    05 Sep 2015 #5

    I hadn't try drag-n-drop to a Notepad icon or anything, Im just referring to when I already have Notepad open like your first sentence stated, "Worked for me to open Notepad then drag a file such as .htm from Documents into it". Except, it doesn't work for me.
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       06 Sep 2015 #6

    Just a thought, maybe your "open Notepad" process is somehow messed up? If you normally open it from the taskbar, check its properties there to make sure it has nothing strange.
    Mine looks like this:
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  7.    06 Sep 2015 #7

    I have mine pinned to the start menu. But i too a look, right-clicking and choosing "Open file location" and then checked notepads properties. They matched yours.
    Just for the heck of it I also checked Start>"All Programs">Windows Accessories>Notepad, but it took me to the same notepad shortcut as the start menu pin.
    Im frustrated that notepad is acting this way, but I really appreciate the help you're giving me. Its actually FAR better than any suggestion the official techs gave me over at Microsoft Forums. I swore they were about to tell me to "do a power cycle, turn off the modem, and lightly burn some toast" as their next suggestion. All they seem to do is read off FAQ scripts. When I get back home this afternoon, Ill continue to search the inter-webs for further option.
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  8.    11 Sep 2015 #8

    I hadn't really needed the drag and drop feature for many other things, so I didn't even think to try other programs to see if it Isolated to Notepad, or if it's the system feature thats broken. Well I finally got around to reinstalling photoshop, and tried to drag an image into the Photoshop program, and guess what... Doesn't work. Worse, Photosop images and files can only seem to be opened through Photoshops "open" option. So, it definitely seems to be a system issue. Microsoft Forums and reps seem useless to this issue as all they seem to do is read off FAQs and FAQ based troubleshooting. I don't get it at all. This is a pretty fundamental, and big, issue.
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       12 Sep 2015 #9

    By any chance do you have any third party software that would change the Windows normal behaviour ? . Software such as third party Start Menu, Stardock Fences etc...
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  10.    12 Sep 2015 #10

    So, two points regarding this.
    When I asked Microsoft about this issue, one of their reps suggested uninstalling any "third party programs". I was dumb and sloppy and didn't realize they might have been referring to a program such as "object dock". I asked for clarification, but was rather rude when asking, and got no reply.

    As soon as I read your post i thought "No way! I uninstalled it because it didn't seem to work properly on Windows 10"... But again, sloppy and dumb. Object dock was still in stalled. I uninstalled it and restarted my computer. I can now drag-and-drop files into photoshop, but still not Notepad. At this point I can't figure out if the Photoshop thing was a glitch and now it works, or if the Object Dock thing actually fixed the Photoshop issue, but not the Notepad.
    Please accept my deepest apologies in regards to how rude I was regarding Microsoft. I wish they would have clarified, but it was my fault in not being more patient and considerate.

    Do you have any further suggestions for the notepad issue?

    Status Update:
    K, don't know what the heck is going on, but I open Photoshop and I can't double-click OR Drag-and-drop photoshop files to open. I have to go through the programs Ctrl+O (open).
    Last edited by varxtis; 12 Sep 2015 at 16:52.
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