Holy cow, I wrote a book!
Starting in Windows 2000 and continuing through Windows Vista,
you could drag a folder out of Explorer and slam
it into the edge of the screen.
When you let go,
it docked itself to that edge of the screen like a toolbar.
A customer noticed that this stopped working in
Windows 7 and asked,
"Was this feature dropped in Windows 7,
and is there a way to turn it back on?"
Yes, the feature was dropped in Windows 7,
and there is no way to turn it back on because the code
to implement it was deleted from the product.
(Well, okay, you could "turn it back on" by working with your
support representative to file
a Design Change Request with the Windows Sustained Engineering
team and asking them to restore the code.
But they'll probably cackle with glee as they click
They will also probably
add a buzzing sound
just for extra oomph.)
The introduction of this feature took place further back in history
than I have permission to access the Windows source code history database,
so I can't explain how it was introduced,
but I can guess,
and then the person who removed the feature confirmed that my guess
First of all, very few people were actually using the feature.
And of the people who activated it,
most of them did so by mistake and couldn't figure out how to undo it.
The feature was creating far more trouble than benefit,
and by that calculation alone, it was a strong candidate for removal.
Furthermore, the design team was interested in
a new way to use the edges of the screen.
Nobody could figure out how the docking feature actually got added.
We strongly suspect that it was another
added by a specific developer who had a history of
slipping in rogue features.