Holy cow, I wrote a book!
We occasionally get customers who ask,
"How do I disable drag and drop?"
This is an odd request,
so we ask the frequent follow-up question,
"What are you really trying to do?"
For many of these customers, the answer goes something like this:
We've found that our employees often accidentally move or copy
items around on the desktop and in Explorer windows
because the act of pressing the mouse button causes the mouse
itself to slide slightly across the table,
resulting in a drag operation instead of a single click.
We then have to spend a good amount of time searching for
where those files ended up and trying to get their system back
to its original state.
We'd therefore like to disable drag and drop to avoid this problem.
They aren't really trying to disable drag and drop.
They are merely trying to disable accidental drag and drop.
To avoid accidental drag and drop, adjust the drag sensitivity
so that it takes a greater effort to trigger a drag and drop operation.
By default, the mouse needs to travel four pixels with the button held
down for a drag operation to be initiated.
To make it harder to initiate an accidental drag operation,
just crank this number higher.
This particular customer might decide to crank the drag threshold
to 50 or 100 pixels, so that the mouse has to move quite a significant
distance before it is interpreted as a drag operation.
By the way, the function for changing the drag threshold is
check out the SPI_SETDRAGHEIGHT and
Do not modify the registry directly.
Use the API.
That's why it's there.