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How to disable drag and drop function on individual document libraries in SharePoint 2013

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Hi,

Can anyone help me please? I have set up metadata on some document libraries and therefore want to disable the drag and drop function in order to ensure users tag the documents correctly and check them in. If there is a way to do tis, please can you explain step by step as I'm still learning SharePoint.

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Laura
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by:Walter Curtis
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If you mark the metadata columns as required the users will be forced to complete the columns.
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by:Laura Frost
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Thanks.
I have done this, but if you drag and drop items in, all it means is that the document is not checked in until they go in and edit the properties so that the columns are complete. I want to make this as easy for the users as possible by getting rid of drag and drop entirely.
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Don't get rid of drag and drop, that is one of the most popular features of SharePoint. User love it and the more users love SharePoint the better this world is :-)

If you just want to make sure that documents are checked in, set a default value for your managed metadata column, something like - "Please Make a Selection" and the document should be checked in when it is uploaded. The reason it is not checked in is because a value is not set for those columns.

Just my two cents...
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by:Laura Frost
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I don't want to get rid of the drag and drop entirely from SharePoint, just from these specific libraries that use these specific metadata term sets.

The metadata is mandatory. I don't want users to be able to add items without adding the metadata and I don't want the library to leave items checked out if they haven't added it as they should have added it in the first place. Therefore I want remove the ability to add items without adding metadata in the first place.

I realise that they could add a document and just not complete the check in. I don't suppose there's much that can be done about that. But if there is a way that I can switch of drag and drop on specific libraries, then that would be a great help.

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Walter Curtis earned 1500 total points
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There is now way to turn off drag and drop at the library level. Might be a chance to think of another way to enforce the addition of metadata. You could create a workflow so that if the users upload and save a file without completing the metadata they receive a reminder mail.

Good luck...
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by:Laura Frost
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I hadn't realised previously that you could bulk tag multiple documents with the metadata in SharePoint 2013. So we're going to work with the fact you can drag and drop documents in the library as it could now save time (without bulk tagging, the benefits of dragging and dropping would have been minimal and far outweighed by the potential issues it would have caused). I will also consider the use of the workflow to generate reminder emails as suggested above - thanks.
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by:Laura Frost
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This is an adequate alternative work around to the original need I had. I will be keeping the drag and drop function, but look into using a workflow to remind users that they have not completed the metadata and need to check the items in.

Thank you for your help.
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Glad you have it going in a good direction.

Have a good one!
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