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Windows 7: Windows Explorer - increase delay time when dragging&dropping

08 Sep 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Windows Explorer - increase delay time when dragging&dropping

I am running Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit.

I use Windows Explorer heavily. I am constantly moving files and batches of files from one folder to another. I have one very annoying problem with this but I bet there is a way to fix it.

Here's what I do - I highlight several files in the right pane, I hold down the right-mouse-button over the selected files, I drag them over to a folder in the left pane, and then the annoyance happens. If I don't drop those files immediately into that folder, the entire list of sub-folders pops open as if I hit the little plus to the left of the folder. What makes this a major annoyance is that the folder I wanted to move into has now changed its position in the left pane because the sub-folders popped open.

Now, sometimes I desperately need the sub-folder list to open because I forgot to find the folder I needed before moving the files. It is a nice feature. However, if only I could increase the delay-time. I'd like to give myself triple the time to drop the files into the folder before the sub-folder list opens. There has to be a registry tweak for this. Anyone have any ideas?

ps - I don't think the MenuShowDelay value found under HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop has any effect on this because I have tried it.Thanks for your time and courtesy!

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09 Sep 2010   #2

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Oxgt2e,

You might see if using the below to add "Copy to Folder" and "Move to Folder" to the context menu may make doing this easier for you. This way you will not have to worry about the delay time.

Context Menu - Add Copy To Folder and Move To Folder

Hope this helps,
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09 Sep 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Your solution works. Its not as elegant as I hoped for, but it works with much less annoyance. Thanks!

And if anyone discovers a way to increase the default delay-time before the folders drop down, please post that solution!
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09 Sep 2010   #4

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

You're most welcome Oxgt2e.

I don't think there is a way to adjust that time, but I'll keep my eyes open.
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