Stop Drag and Drop Function from 'Open Dialog' box

Can anyone tell how or if I can turn off the function where a user is able to drag and drop a folder or document from within the Open Dialog box under Word 2003?
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Ingeborg Hawighorst (Microsoft MVP / EE MVE)Microsoft MVP ExcelCommented:
Hello flannk,

this funcionality is governed by Windows, not Word. Whatever the user is able to do in Windows Explorer, they will be able to do in the Open Dialog.

cheers, teylyn
flannkAuthor Commented:
Is there any way to turn off the Drop and Drag function under Windows Explorer?   User still require this function but I want to try and force this function from the menu options only e.g. (Edit > Cut/Copy  OR even Ctrl + X, Ctrl +V), not by simply holding the mouse button down and dragging and releasing.
Ingeborg Hawighorst (Microsoft MVP / EE MVE)Microsoft MVP ExcelCommented:
I found this in another thread but I don't know if it will work. I have not tested it.


The method you want to use is below:

1. Click Start, click Run, type mmc, and then click OK.
2. On the File menu, click Add/Remove Snap-ins.
3. Click Add, click Group Policy, click Add, click Group Policy or Local Policy, and then click Finish.
4. Click Close, and then click OK.
5. Expand User Configuration, and then expand Windows Settings.
6. Under Windows Settings, expand Internet Explorer Maintenance, and then click the Security object.
7. In the right pane of Microsoft Management Console (MMC), double-click Security Zones and Content Ratings.
8. Under Security Zones, click to select the Import the current security zones settings check box, and then click the Modify Settings button.
9. Under the Select a Web content zone to specify its security settings section, click My Computer, and then click Custom Level in the Security level for this zone section.
10. In the Security Settings section, scroll down to the Downloads section and change the option from Disabled to Enabled under File download.
11. Under the Miscellaneous section, under the Drag-and-drop or copy and paste files option, if the option is set to Disabled, change the option to Enabled.

Reboot the system and it should give the following message when you try to drag and drop:

Security Alert

Your current security settings prohibit copying or moving files from this zone.

However this will disable all drag and drop operations period...and can be more annoying than helpful if you need to drag and drop.

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