Drag an outlook message OR an attachment in Outlook to the drop area not working
Question asked by Mike Bohlken - February 16, 2018 at 5:40 PM
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Am I missing something?  Should I be able to drag and attachment or an email message from my outlook to the drop area of FileUltimate?  
 

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Cem Alacayir Replied
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As of current version, drag and drop feature works like this:
 
  1. You can completely drag and drop within FileManager, files or folders.
     
  2. For uploading, you need to drag and drop files from your desktop to the Upload window. If you drop into the FileManager it will not work. Also you can only drag files not folders.
     
  3. You cannot drag and drop from FileManager to your desktop. You need to double click or click Download button to download files.
Note that these limitations were mainly caused by the browser standards. As the FileManager runs inside the browser, it’s limited by browser’s permissions/features.
However recent browsers implemented new features so allowing number 2 is on our to-do list. Number 3 is more complicated but we will check if it’s possible now.
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Mike Bohlken Replied
Thank you, but my question wasn't really addressed. I want to drag a message from Microsoft Outlook into the upload window. I also want to drag an attachment from Microsoft Outlook into the upload window in filemanager.
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Cem Alacayir Replied
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For future reference:
The problem is Microsoft Outlook does not allow dragging attachments to the browser so it’s not specific to our product.

Please test it. Can you drag&drop attachments to any kind of web site/application in the browser?

As far as I know you can only drag&drop attachments to your desktop or Windows Explorer.
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Cem Alacayir Replied
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FYI,

With FileUltimate v6.5 and FileVista v7.30, it's now possible to drag and drop files and folders from desktop (or file system) directly to FileManager! This means you no longer need to open "Upload Files" window first to drop and upload. It works same as internal drag and drop.


Added: It's now possible to drag and drop files and folders from desktop (or file system) directly to FileManager.This means you no longer need to open "Upload Files" window first to drop and upload. It works same as internal drag and drop,i.e. you can drag and drop to any folder (or zip file) UI item you see in the FileManager. For example dragging and holdingon a folder node in the folder tree (left pane) will expand the folder node so you can drill down before dropping.While dragging, "Upload to " indicator will display below the cursor to let you know where you are exactly uploading to(subfolder name or not allowed indicator).Dropping folders is supported on recent browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Edge) and IE10+ supports only dropping files but not folders(a warning message is displayed when you drop a folder on IE).Regular "Upload Files" window also supports dropping folders on supported browsers now.
Regarding Microsoft Outlook, now the dragging indicates "allowed" when on FileManager but when dropping it does not initiate the upload. This is because Microsoft Outlook sends the attachment in drag as a shortcut (link). I will examine this but it may not be possible to upload from shortcuts (browser restrictions). However other applications like Windows Explorer sends the drag correctly.

See the video explanation for this Outlook Addin at https://outlook2web.com/ (you may need to use this). Or better there is a free Addin at https://tonyfederer.github.io/OutlookFileDrag/ 

If you need to move attachments from emails in Outlook into browser based web applications, you know that the default process is painful. You have to get the files onto your filesystem, then drag them to your web application and then you need to delete the file from your filesystem.

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