FIX: Do you Want to Allow Files From this Website to be Copied to Your Computer

Marian Cularea By: Marian Cularea
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Sometimes, you will try to copy and paste or drag and drop an image file or any other kind of file from a website to your Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 device, you will get the “Do you want to allow files from this website to be copied to your computer” message. This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable this feature.
Do you want to allow files from this website to be copied to your computer in Windows 8.1 or Windows 10
It is not recommended to disable the “Do you want to allow files from this website to be copied to your computer” message because you might do it by mistake. It is always a good prevention measure to have this feature double check your actions. Nevertheless you will learn how to disable or enable it and optimize your Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 operating system to fit your needs.

Do you want to allow files from this website to be copied to your computer?

  1. Change security settings
  2. Tweak your Registry Settings
  3. Customize GPO settings

1. Change security settings

  1. Open your Internet Explorer application in Windows 8.1 or Windows 10.
  2. Left click or tap on the “Tools” button you have in the upper side of the screen.
  3. In the “Tools” menu left click or tap on the “Internet Options” feature.
  4. Now that you have the “Internet Options” window in front of you left click or tap on the “Security” tab situated in the upper side of this window.
  5. You will have in this window a topic named “Select a zone to view or change security settings”.change internet security settings
  6. Under the topic above you need to left click or tap on the “Restricted Sites” icon.
  7. Left click or tap on the “Custom level…” button in the lower side of this window.
  8. You will have in front of you the “Security Settings – Restricted site zones” window.restricted sites internet settings
  9. In the list presented in this window, go to the “Drag and drop or copy and paste files” option.
  10. Left click to check the “Enable” option in the feature above.
    Note: You can also choose to disable this feature by choosing the “Disable” option.
  11. Left click or tap on the “OK” button in this window.
  12. Left click or tap on the “Apply” button in the “Internet Options” window.
  13. Close internet explorer.
  14. Reboot your Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 device.
  15. Try and see if this feature was enabled and you don’t get this message anymore.

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2. Tweak your Registry Settings

If the method above did not work for you then you can also change this message from the Registry Editor window by doing the steps below.

  1. Press and hold the “Windows” button and the “R” button in order to open the “Run” window.
  2. In the run box you will need to type “regedit” without the quotes.
  3. Press the “Enter” button on the keyboard.
  4. On the left side pane you will need to double click or tap on the “HKEY_CURRENT_USER” folder.
  5. In the “HKEY_CURRENT_USER” folder double click or tap on the “Software” folder.
  6. In the “Software” folder double click or tap on the “Microsoft” folder.
  7. In the “Microsoft” folder double click or tap to open the “Windows” folder.
  8. In the “Windows” folder double click or tap on the “CurrentVersion” folder.
  9. In the “CurrentVersion” folder double click or tap on the “internet settings” folder.
  10. In the “internet settings” folder double click or tap on the “Zones” folder.internet settings registry editor
  11. In the “Zones” folder double click or tap on the “4” folder.
  12. On the left side pane double click on the “1802” DWORD.
  13. Now if you change in the “Value Data” field to the value of “0” it will not show you the specified message.
  14. Left click or tap on the “OK” button.
  15. Close the “Registry Editor” window.
  16. Reboot the Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 operating system in order for the changes to take effect.
  17. Try to drag and drop a specific photo or file from a website and see if you still get this message.

3. Customize GPO settings

There is also a third solution that you can use and it involves changing your GPO settings. Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Go to User Configuration > select Administrative Templates > go to Windows Components > navigate to Attachment Manager.
  2. Locate the policy ‘Do not preserve zone information in file attachments’ > enable it. In this manner, your computer will run all your downloaded files without displaying any alert.
  3.  To be more specific, you can enable the policy inclusion list for the following file extensions that you often run .exe; .docx;.doc;.xlsx

This is pretty much all you need to do in order to disable the “Do you want to allow files from this website to be copied to your computer” message you get while trying to copy a file from a website to your Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 device. If you have any other questions regarding this article, let us know in the comments below.

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in November 2014 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.

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