Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge are making it easier to drag and drop files into the tabs. Sometimes, things can be frustrating when you are trying to drag and drop a file into a web browser tab, and suddenly, your work is just gone. And yes, it has happened to many of us.
Drag & dropping files into browser tabs to become less annoying
In an ideal scenario, dragging and dropping a file into a browser tab should open it in a new tab instead. This is essentially what Google and Microsoft are looking to address. Microsoft Edge developer Eric Lawrence has confirmed the development in his tweet:
“In Chromium 85, dragging and dropping a file to a content area that doesn’t handle it (e.g. uploading it) will no longer navigate that tab away to show the dropped file. It will instead open a new tab.”
The issue that was originally raised in 2015 may seem trivial at first but practically, it’s not. Due to this particular problem, users are losing whatever they working on in a particular tab. The issue occurs especially when the tab is unable to recognize the dropped data as a file upload.
Hence, the simple fix would be adding a new capability to Chrome and Edge to somehow open the dropped URL or a file in a new tab.
“Rather than navigating the current tab (blowing away whatever was in it), instead open the dropped URL in a new foreground tab.”
Since Chromium also powers the new Edge web browser in addition to Chrome, the fix will soon arrive on both Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge.
In related news, Microsoft is now replacing Edge Legacy with Edge Chromium with new OS updates. Earlier this year, Microsoft released its new Chromium-based version of the Microsoft Edge web browser.
Meanwhile, Edge Legacy continues to remain the default web browser on most Windows 10 computers. However, Microsoft is eventually phasing out the Edge Legacy and making a permanent switch to the new Edge Chromium.