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In Microsoft Word, when you attempt to drag a selection from one document to a document that is minimized on the taskbar, the minimized document briefly flashes but it does not open. You cannot drop the selection onto it. When you release the mouse button over the minimized document, you receive the following incorrect error message:
Therefore, you expect the document window to open when you drag a selection over it.
You cannot drag an item onto a button on the taskbar.
However, if you do this without releasing the mouse button, the window will open and you can then drag the item into the window.
This behavior occurs if both of the following conditions are true:
Use one of the following methods to work around this issue.
Method 1: Use copy and pasteTo copy and paste the information, follow these steps:
Method 2: Use a drag-and-drop operationTo drag a selection between open windows in Word, follow these steps:
Method 3: Use separate instances of WordTo open each document in a separate instance of Word, follow these steps:
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/280590/ )You are unable to drag information between workbooks in Excel