HTML5 FileAPI file input does not support dragging and dropping from Outlook

Won’t fix Issue #212440


May 14, 2014
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Reported by 8 people

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Steps to reproduce


Repro Steps:

Drag an message from Outlook and drop it on a word document. Observe that the file is accepted by word.

Open in Internet Explorer 11, then drag a message from Outlook and then drop it on the blue box. When working correctly, it should acknowledge that files were dropped - instead observe that Internet Explorer 11 reports 0 files were dropped.

Expected Results:

A user should be able to smoothly drag and drop between Microsoft applications, including Microsoft Internet Explorer HTML5 FileAPI ‘drop’ event handler.

Specific use cases our users expect:

  • Drag a message from Outlook and drop it on Internet Explorer.
  • Drag an attachment from Outlook and drop it on Internet Explorer.

Actual Results:


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    Comments and activity

    • Microsoft Edge Team

      Changed Assigned To to “Rossen A.”

      Changed Assigned To to “Venkat K.”

      Changed Assigned To from “Venkat K.” to “Ali A.”

      Changed Status to “Confirmed”

      Changed Assigned To from “Ali A.” to “IE F.”

      Changed Status from “Confirmed” to “Won’t fix”

      Changed Assigned To to “Ali A.”

      Changed Status from “Won’t fix”

      Changed Assigned To from “Ali A.” to “IE S.”

      Changed Status to “Not reproducible”

      Changed Status from “Not reproducible” to “Won’t fix”

    • I suspect the title of this report is backward: Outlook dragging and dropping doesn’t support HTML5 FileAPI

    • I am also facing the same issue.
      event.dataTransfer.files javascript not recognizing any files drag and dropped from email attachment

    • this is my first comming on this developer platform so why this issue is tagged WON’T FIX ! is this serious? I open new one allow drag and drop from outlook message to web browser ! my users need this ! why you don’t add this feature old since 4 years on forum !!! I need pay 65k to outlook2web tool to activate this? please be logical ! I already paid office version go ahead!

    • There are other solutions (still payed) but you can check:

    • @jasperh i don’t want pay,

      I pay a licence for outloook why I need pay for this addon this feature is must have nowadays, do microsoft live in my world “web application based” or what world microsoft live ? this is scandalous !!!

    • You may want to look at for a (paid) solution to this problem.

    • So I wonder why others can do it with an AddIn, but Microsoft doesn’t want to do it? In my company it is a huge problem not beeing able do drag&drop from outlook directly to our (internally) web applications based on html5. We pay a lot of money for Enterprise Agreement, Office 365 and varoius User CAL’s and simple drag&drop does not work. Hard to understand…

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