Drag and Drop the Icon

File this under another Mozilla feature I didn't know about, but everyone else probably did:

You can drag the drop the icon in the location bar and it will create a link to that page along with the page's title.

For example, if you dragged the icon for this site into a text editor, it will create:

Blogzilla - a blog about Mozilla

My only issue is that it creates the url first, then page title when the other way around makes more sense. But that's minor. It's still very useful for e-mails and instant messages.

» posted by pinder on July 11, 2003 at 02:18 PM


This is a payoff from using nSIDragAndDrop, only accessible from chrome/priveledged, that allows content on the clipboard to be stored in different flavors.

Different UI elements/applications can take a particular "flavor".

# posted by Andyed

That order makes it easier for me to turn the info into an HTML anchor, which is very often what I want to do. I don't know if that's the reason for that particular order, but it does give that benefit.

# posted by Dale Emery

ah, good point Dale, that does make more sense now.

# posted by pinder

'File this under another Mozilla feature I didn't know about, but everyone else probably did'

I will, given that it's been around since Netscape 4 (though in a less advanced way).

# posted by

In seamonkey,i think theres a hand cursor over the icon to make it more discoverable

# posted by jizz

You can also drag and drop links into any text editor as well.

# posted by Jonathan

tip doesn't seem to work when dragging the icon into gaim (for instant messaging) or ultraedit (text editor).

[using Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.4) Gecko/20030612]

# posted by jm3

Problem with Gaim is that it has a few cut and paste bugs (notably this one).

# posted by Jonathan

fails for notgnu emacs and notepad.
drops a url thingy into an outlook email.
drops just the url into ms word.

results seem to vary a lot. I wonder why.

# posted by Jeff

Don't a lot of wiki's use this order? Being able to drag n drop then throw [ ] around it, delete the linefeed and seperate with a | would link the text to the url. Could that have had something to do with the order descision maybe?

# posted by Gold

You can use this to drag-and-drop links between mozilla and IE. I do it during testing.

You can also open a tab, switch to the previous tab, then drag the icon to the open, blank tab in the background and it will re-open that page. If you get what I mean :os.

# posted by Dysfunksional Monkey

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