How do i enable double tap to drag???

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by kashyap02004, Sep 22, 2011.

  1. kashyap02004 macrumors member

    Jun 28, 2011
    How do I enable double tap to drag on OS X 10.7???

    I find the MBP touchpad very hard to press. Especially pressing it while dragging is really annoying. So I enable the "tap to click." With OS X 10.6 and even after upgrading to 10.7, I was able to double tap to drag/move/select text. But today I did the fresh install of OS X 10.7 and now I can't do it anymore. I have to physically press the touchpad to drag/move/select text.

    Any Idea how to fix this???

  2. phpmaven macrumors 68040


    Jun 12, 2009
    San Clemente, CA USA
    System Preferences>Universal Access>Mouse & Trackpad>Trackpad Options>Check the "Dragging" checkbox.

    I have no idea why they buried that so deep, but there it is.
  3. aziatiklover macrumors 68030


    Jul 12, 2011
    Location: and
    yeap that was pretty stupid from Apple!
  4. kashyap02004 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Got it. It works!!! Thank You very much. I appreciate the help.
  5. nmoses11 macrumors newbie

    Nov 17, 2013
    Fix doesn't work for Mavericks 10.9

    I don't have a Universal Access option. Please help. I wish i could regress to get that feature back.


    Thanks to these guys:

    Settings - Accessibility - Mouse & Trackpad - Trackpad Options - Check 'Enable Dragging'

  6. Gjwilly macrumors 68030

    May 1, 2011
    SF Bay Area
    Thanks for this.
    Been wondering if this were possible.
  7. tomibgt, Apr 16, 2014
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2014

    tomibgt macrumors newbie

    Apr 16, 2014
    Three finger drag

    I think Apple's new concept of dragging with the trackpad is to use three fingers. You can find this in the System Preferences > Trackpad > Point & Click. For some weird reason, this isn't enabled by default either. It kind of does make more sense than the traditional double-tap:

    If you wouldn't need to consider multi-tap gestures at all, you can increase the system response time to taps.

    But still it is not as good:

    Sometimes your dragging doesn't go far enough, before you reach the end of the track pad. If you are using the three-finger-drag, the files you are dragging will be most likely dropped to your desktop, instead of the folder, trash can, or where ever you were dragging them to – possibly even worse. With double-tap-drag you just lift your finger, move it to the opposite side of the trackpad and continue the dragging.

    (Edit: ) Apparently you can continue dragging files with the three-finger-drag just as with double-tap-drag with drag-lock. You have to release the file from drag with a single click.

    With double-tap-drag you can also finger paint with a more natural gesture than the three-finger-drag, for example in Photoshop.

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