Get the Old Click-and-Drag Thing Back in Mac OS X Lion – Guiding Tech


It’s been two months since I’ve been using my new Macbook Pro, that came with the OS X Lion operating system, for my primary work.

I’m also running Windows 7 using Virtualbox and end up using both the platforms but most of my time is spent on the OS X Lion and I have to say that it’s been a new and enriching experience.

But Mac OS X Lion, like any new version of a product, brought along its own annoyances.

One of the primary ones being the lack of click-and-drag feature. You know how you double-click on an icon or a piece of text and then hold and drag the second click to move that icon or text to new position? Right, it’s the same on Windows, Linux and on OS X versions prior to Lion. Lion on the other hand replaced this gesture with a three-finger-click to drag, something which obviously annoyed the hell out of almost all users.

Luckily, the fix was available and it’s an easy one. All it takes is the change of certain settings and that’s what we’ll talk about in this post today.

Steps to Enable Double Click and Drag Feature in Mac OS X Lion

So here are the steps for all you new OS X Lion users to get that old click-and-drag feature back.

Step 1: Go to the Apple menu and click on System Preferences.


Step 2: On the System Preferences page, click on the button that says Universal Access.


Step 3: You’ll see some tabs at the top, namely Seeing, Hearing, Keyboard and Mouse & Trackpad. Click on Mouse & Trackpad. There, go to the bottom and click on the button that says Trackpad Options.


Step 4: This is the last step. Here you just need to ensure that the Dragging  checkbox is checked and it says with Drag Lock beside it. That’s it, click on Done once you are done.


That’s about it. You should now see your old and favorite double-click or double-tap and drag feature working smoothly across the entire operating system. Hope that helps.

Last updated on 03 February, 2022

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