MBP - Better way to Click & Drag with the Trackpad?

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  1. Sounds Good macrumors 68000

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    I just used a MBP for about 15-20 minutes today (more time than ever before) and came across something I couldn't figure out while using the trackpad:

    On a PC, you can select something by clicking on it with the left button then WHILE HOLDING DOWN THE LEFT BUTTON you can do multiple swipes on the trackpad with your right hand/finger. Holding down the left button allows the right finger to be lifted up for multiple swipes or drags, which (to me) allows nice control of the item I'm dragging.

    On the MBP there's only one (big) button, so the only way that I could figure out how to click & drag something was to click AND hold AND drag -- all with one finger and motion. This does NOT allow you to lift your finger for multiple swipes or drags, so there's not as much control.

    Is there a way to click and drag with MULTIPLE SWIPES using the MBP trackpad, similar to on a PC?

    Thanks!
     
  2. WPB2 macrumors 6502a

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    Turn drag lock on in system preferences.
     
  3. danharper macrumors newbie

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    You can click and drag.

    Use your thumb to click on the bottom-left of the trackpad, then your finger to move the file. You can lift your finger while keeping your thumb pressed down. Exactly like on a PC.
     
  4. Sounds Good thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Thanks, but I don't get it. How can you do that with just one button? (I'm still on a PC, so I can't try it till I go back to the store)
     
  5. Tom B. macrumors 65816

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    The wonders of multi-touch!
     
  6. Sounds Good thread starter macrumors 68000

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    ... :confused: ...
     
  7. Tom B. macrumors 65816

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    Basically, you hold the button down with your thumb, like a normal trackpad, and move your finger like on a normal trackpad. Because it is multi-touch, it registers the difference between your thumb and finger.
     
  8. Sounds Good thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Ahhh, gotcha. Cool. Thank you.

    Would this work with a Tap (if Tap was turned on) or does it have to be a hard-click?
     

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