Make Drag and Drop Easier When Using a Windows 7 or 8 Touchpad

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Do you like to use the touchpad on your laptop instead of a mouse? Then you might consider enabling a feature of Windows 7/8 that makes the operation of dragging and dropping easier.

Normally, drag and drop takes two hands, one to hold down the left touchpad button and one to move the selected object. However, Windows 7 and 8 come with a Control Panel setting called ClickLock that provides a way to let you use just one hand. Here’s how it works.

  1. Open Control Panel. In Windows 7 click the entry in the Start menu. In Windows 8, enter the keyboard shortcut Winkey+X and choose Control Panel from the menu that opens.
  2. Use Control Panel in Icon View and click  “Mouse”
  3. The Mouse Properties dialog box will open.
  4. Find the section named "ClickLock" and put a check by the entry "Turn on ClickLock".
  5. Click the button "Settings" and a small window opens where you can set the delay time. This is the time you have to hold down the left trackpad button before the cursor is locked to the clicked item. (Graphic below) Be aware that this setting will affect the mouse also.
  6. Click "OK" and "OK" 

Windows Control Panel Clicklock setting

Now when you put the cursor on an object, click and hold down the trackpad (or mouse) left button, it will lock the cursor on the object after the specified delay time. The object can then be moved. To release the cursor, click again. 

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I just double-click, hold (don't let go after second click), and drag.