PuTTY wish drag-drop

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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.

(A lot of people ask to be able to drag and drop a file out of Windows Explorer into PuTTY, and have it automatically start up an SCP process to copy that file into the current directory of the remote shell. This is not even feasible in theory - there's no reliable way for PuTTY to determine what the currect directory of the remote shell is. It could be done in principle if you didn't mind the files ending up in your home directory rather than your current one, but that's a lot less useful and I doubt we'd consider it worth the rather complex modifications to PuTTY.)

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(last revision of this bug record was at 2002-05-09 12:52:35 +0000)