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10.7: Restore Tap-Drag System 10.7
It appears that Lion got rid of the Tap-Drag function, where you tap your trackpad, release, tap again and hold to drag around items.

Fortunately, Apple just moved the setting to an obscure place in System Preferences. Just head to Universal Access » Mouse & Trackpad » Trackpad Options and enable 'Dragging (with/without) Drag Lock' (the second checkbox) to restore the old behavior.

[crarko adds: It also shows an iOS-like badge with the number of items that you are dragging.]
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10.7: Restore Tap-Drag
Authored by: kiltbear on Sep 01, '11 10:00:04AM


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10.7: Restore Tap-Drag
Authored by: stottm on Sep 01, '11 03:04:30PM

Yeah this threw me off. At home the setting carried over because I upgraded Snow Leopard. At work, I did a clean install to fully eval Lion on a laptop. This setting didn't get turned on by default but after a day or two of watching various RSS feeds, someone else mentioned this setting.

I do not like the 3 finger drag, I don't think it's nearly as precise as using a single finger tap & drag.

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10.7: Restore Tap-Drag
Authored by: JayG on Sep 11, '11 01:36:31AM

With three finger dragging you only need to use three fingers to start moving and can then use a single one to move what your are dragging with greater accuracy (though still not as much as Tap-Drag). You can also enable both features simultaneously and for some things the three finger drag is a bit nicer. I do wish they'd put this was put in the standard trackpad preferences though.

I like how Tap-Drag lets you can grab something securely while you move it around even if you lift your hand from the trackpad. This makes a big difference when using Tap-Drag for dragging images to the desktop from Safari and a show desktop hot corner.

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10.7: Restore Tap-Drag
Authored by: CyberGreg on Oct 06, '11 07:48:55AM

Thank-you SOOOOOO much! this is critical for me as the three-finger is awkward/impractical to use and physically tapping and dragging makes my carpal tunnel flare up.

Thanks again!

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