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How to Highlight and Drag-and-Drop Without Holding the Mouse Button Down in Windows

In most operating systems, you can 'drag and drop' files from one folder to another. This article will tell you how to highlight and Drag-and-Drop without holding the mouse button down in Windows.

In 'Windows Explorer', you will sometimes need to move files around. This can be easily accomplished by 'dragging and dropping' the files. If you are using a touchpad/trackpad, you may find it difficult to hold the primary button down while moving the mouse. But, this can be used to select text, move open applications around the Windows Desktop, and drag and drop files via Explorer.

Trackpads are wonderful mouse substitutes. And there is a built-in feature in Windows called ClickLock that allows you to briefly hold down the primary mouse button, move the mouse to select text or move an item, and then click the mouse button again to end the selection or move. We will show you how to turn this feature on.

  • Press the “Windows key + X” to access the Power User, or Win+X, menu. Select “Control Panel” from the popup menu.
  • From the “Control Panel” screen, click “Hardware and Sound.”
  • On the “Hardware and Sound” screen, click “Mouse” under “Devices and Printers”.

NOTE: The “View by” menu allows you to view all the “Control Panel” items in one list by large or small icons.

  • So if you’re viewing the “Control Panel” items by large or small icons, select “Mouse” in the list.
  • Kindly make sure the “Buttons” tab is active on the “Mouse Properties” dialog box. In the “ClickLock” section, select the “Turn on ClickLock” check so there is a check mark in the box, and then click the “Settings” button.
  • Now the “Settings for ClickLock” dialog box displays, allowing you to specify how long you need to hold down your mouse button before your click is “locked.” Click and drag the slider to one side or the other to shorten or lengthen the amount of time required to lock the click. Click “OK” to accept your change and close the “Settings for ClickLock” dialog box.
  • Then click “OK” on the “Mouse Properties” dialog box to close it.
  • Finally, close the “Hardware and Sound” window by clicking the “X” in the upper-right corner.

Now, when you want to select some text or move an item like a window, simply click and briefly hold the primary mouse button down and then let it up. Move the mouse to select the text or move the item. Once you’ve finished with the selection or movement, click the primary mouse button again.

To disable the ClickLock feature if desired, simply uncheck the “Turn on ClickLock” check box on the “Mouse Properties” dialog box. This feature is also available in Windows 7, VistaArticle Search, and even XP.

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