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summary: Drag and drop support
class: wish: This is a request for an enhancement.
difficulty: tricky: Needs many tuits.
priority: low: We aren't sure whether to fix this or not.

It might be handy if PuTTY supported drag and drop. Applications like Word let you select some text and drag that text around the document; if you drag it into PuTTY it would be nice if PuTTY would interpret that like a paste operation. Possibly allowing users to drag the PuTTY selection out into other windows might be nice too, although this would require some careful thought to work out how it would interact with the existing mouse behaviour. (Perhaps there is no way to make them compatible. Perhaps being able to drag the PuTTY selection would have to be something you have to configure on.)

Similarly, dragging a URL from a web browser should paste that URL into PuTTY. And perhaps other sorts of drag-and-drop should do plausible things as well.

Another completely different use of drag and drop would be to drag a file out of Windows Explorer into a PuTTY window, and if that window is in SSH mode, have it automatically start up an auxiliary SFTP channel and use it to upload the file to the server.

(In that situation, there would have to be a designated upload directory for the dragged file to land in. Some users have suggested a version in which it lands in your shell's current directory. That is not sensibly possible, and it has its own writeup at Mayhem difficulty in drag-drop-to-cwd.)

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(last revision of this bug record was at 2021-05-02 11:23:46 +0100)