How to drag and drop images from IE8 to Excel 2007?

I want to drag and drop an image from Internet Explorer 8 (still in Protected Mode) directly to a spread sheet or a Word document.

I know there are many workarounds to this, eg:
* Turn Protected Mode off
* Drag and drop to the desktop and then from the desktop to Excel

I found a parameter in IE8 under Internet Options->Security->Custom level->Miscellaneous->Drag and drop or copy and paste files->[Disable|Enable|Prompt] but it doesn’t do the trick.

Any ideas?
Who is Participating?
joseph_gormanConnect With a Mentor Commented:
If you have good antivirus, not dangerous. Protected mode just limits the access that browser components have to your local system so browser-based exploits won't work as well, if at all. But if you have good antivirus, it won't hurt to turn protected mode off, just remember to turn it back on when you're done.
Is it possible to add the site you're dragging from into the Trusted Zone (if there is just one site, more would be impractical). Have you tried just copy/pasting?
JonkopingAuthor Commented:
Hi Joseph

Thanks for your suggestions.

You are right about the adding the site to "Trusted Sites" makes it possible to drag and drop exactly as I wish. However, it's unfortunately impractical if I want to do this from any site.

Copy paste also works (kind of): either by right clicking it and then choose “Copy” or by marking the picture (not just clicking on it) and Ctrl+C - Ctrl+V it. Are there even easier ways?

The bottom line is that it is still a little bit more awkward than just to drag and drop!

BTW. Why isn’t it possible to just drag a picture from the desktop to Excel (it works to Word)?
Never miss a deadline with

The revolutionary project management tool is here!   Plan visually with a single glance and make sure your projects get done.

joseph_gormanConnect With a Mentor Commented:
That is a question for Microsoft. I've looked around and I don't see any easier ways. The only tip to speed up is to use alt-tab (copy, alt-tab, paste, alt-tab, repeat).
If you have Vista or Windows 7 you can use the snipping tool or with Windows XP you can purchase SnagIT.
JonkopingAuthor Commented:

Thanks for your comment. SnagIT sounds like a good tool, but my first question still remains: "I want to drag and drop an image from IE8 (still in Protected Mode) directly to Excel."
Why won't protected mode let me do this? It was possible before IE8 and as far as I know there couldn't be any security issues by copying pictures to Excel? Are there any REG-fixes or such that can help? How "dangerous" is it to turn Protected Mode: Off?
JonkopingAuthor Commented:
Many thanks for your different suggestions guys.

As I understand it is not possible to do what I wanted; but there are several workarounds that are "almost" as easy.

Let's hope Microsoft will enable this feature in comming IE.
JonkopingAuthor Commented:
Both joseph_gorman and MikeKAtLCS have come with good arguments but the original question still remains unanswered, therefore I have not granted anyone any points. Right or wrong?
All Courses

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.