QuickDrag, Speed Up Firefox Actions With Drag And Drop

Martin Brinkmann
Sep 24, 2010
Updated • Feb 25, 2015
Firefox, Firefox add-ons

The Firefox web browser offers a variety of add-ons that can speed up specific actions in the browser.

Actions in this case mean anything that requires manual interaction, like searching for text in a specific search engine, saving an image on a page or loading an url that is not linked properly on the page.

QuickDrag, as the name implies, adds drag and drop operations to the browser to speed up some of the actions. To be precise, it can speed up saving images on a page, loading urls and performing searches.

To save an image, you would simply drag it a bit around, and the same operation is used to perform a search for highlighted text that gets dragged and website links that get opened when you do so.


Those three drag and drop operations are the standard features offered by the Firefox add-on. These are refined with hotkeys that need to be activated during the drag and drop process.

To open an image in a new tab, instead of saving it, you would hold down the CTRL key while dragging and dropping the image. Urls, that are usually opened in a new tab when dragged can also be saved to the local computer by holding down ALT while dragging them on the page.


The settings of the add-on contain additional options. Here it is possible to select if tabs for web addresses and text searches should be opened in the foreground as opposed to being opened in the background which is the default setting.

It is furthermore possible to make clickable links open in new tabs as well instead of providing search and save functionality. Clickable links by default can be opened in new tabs by middle-clicking. That's why the program offers to search or save them only by default.

Finally, there is an option to disable the downloading of images when they are dragged. This in turn will open them in a new tab instead.

QuickDrag can speed up some actions in the Firefox web browser. It is best suited for Firefox users who often perform those while working in the browser.

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  1. Rage said on September 24, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    It’s the whole reason I will never move away from firefox. For one that uses images by the hundreads it’s impossible to imagine my firefox without quickdrag. I’ve been using it for at least a year now. Plain simple and genius!

  2. Jairon said on September 24, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    An add-on for that? I’m using Firefox 4 and Chrome 7 on Windows 7 and these actions are enabled by default.

    1. Durga said on September 26, 2010 at 9:19 am

      You’re mistaken.

      1. Jairon said on September 26, 2010 at 5:34 pm

        Yeah, I’m mistaken. That’s why I drag images from browser and drop onto desktop or any folders and they appear exactly as if I’ve saved them there,
        Seriously, Chrome 7 and Firefox 4 already do that in Windows 7.

  3. Paul(us) said on September 25, 2010 at 12:53 am

    Wow great extension this fairy easy to use especially for pictures dragging this is perfect add-on. Thanks Martin,

  4. Ben said on December 13, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    FF4b7 /Win7
    Jairon is right: it works without the extension.

  5. DJRavine said on March 31, 2011 at 7:55 am

    Jairon is almost right: it works without the extension, but not for GIF images, they are alsways 0 bytes when saved.

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