Do you want to allow files from this website to be copied to your computer

When you try to drag and drop an image from a website to your Windows desktop or File explorer, you may receive a prompt saying: Do you want to allow files from this website to be copied to your computer. This is a security measure and is meant to help protect your computer from malicious files being dropped on to your system intentionally by the websites or by an accidental drag-and-drop operation.

Do you want to allow files from this website to be copied to your computer

Do you want to allow files from this website to be copied to your computer

While we do not recommend that you disable this security feature, if you wish to, you can try the following methods:

1] If you do this frequently for a specific website and trust it completely, add the site to your Trusted Sites zone, by selecting this zone and clicking on the Sites button.

2] If you want to change the setting for all the sites, 0pen Internet Explorer > Tools > Internet options > Security tab. Select Restricted sites and click on the Custom level button.

allow drag and drop ie In the Security Settings for this zone, scroll down to Drag and drop and copy and paste files. The default is Prompt. Select Enable. Click OK / Apply and restart your Internet Explorer.

This setting controls whether users can drag or copy files from Web pages within this zone. When this setting is enabled, a file, control or script can move from a zone to another zone more easily.

If you receive message, Do you want to move or copy files from this zone, while copying files from one zone to another, change the setting for the Local Intranet zone.

See if this helps.

3] If this does not help, you may want to change a registry setting and see if that helps you. To do so, Run regedit to open the Registry Editor.

But before you do this, create a system restore point first or backup the Registry.

The Internet zones are defined with the following value:

  • 0 : My Computer
  • 1 : Local Intranet Zone
  • 2 : Trusted sites Zone
  • 3 : Internet Zone 4 : Restricted Sites Zone

Now, navigate to the following key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Zones\4

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KB182569 mentions that DWORD value 1802 pertains to the Drag and drop or copy and paste files setting. A DWORD value of 0 sets the specific action as permitted, a setting of 1 causes a Prompt to appear, and a setting of 3 prohibits the specific action.

Double-click on 1802 and set its value data as 0. Restart your computer.

If this does not help, you may also change the value of 180B and see if that helps you.

Let us know, if any of this worked for you.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.

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