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Click and drag / highlighting text

Question: Click and drag / highlighting text

My HP laptop no longer allows me to highlight text (for copying and pasting) using the mouse on the laptop. It no longer lets me drag emails into folders etc. Any ideas ehy and how I can fix it?

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Ive been using my laptop normally and consistently for the past week as I work on school papers. I was doing some research in the library and using the mouspad as normal, but when I got home and began using it the mouspad stopped clicking. It still works in that I can move the mouse and tap-click, but the tactile left click wont work at all. I need to use the tactile click to be able to highlight text for my papers. I tried turning it off and on again, as well as looking for a control panel menu that would solve this but have had no luck. I havent entered any command to make this happen so I'm at a loss on how to reverse it. Please help!

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I have a THINKPAD x60S running Windows XP. All of a sudden I am unable to right click on text and get the menu for copying/pasting in OWA. I also can't drag text around. However, I can do it in the preview panel! When I right click I get the extended menu, not the copy/paste menu. I can use Ctrl Keys to cut and copy but again can't do it with the right click.

I have been seaching sites for possible solutions. The only thing I found was that it might be a virus. So i did a full scan with Norton and found nothing.

Does anyone have any ideas? It's a total pain...

Answer:Can't Right Click Copy or Drag Text in OWA

I don`t know anything about OWA,but reinstalling

is usually the first thing to do with broken software.

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I work online so always have to be highlighting lines of text etc.

The problem is I will begin to highlight the text and part way through it will 'jog' somehow and unhighlight all i had highlighted starting again from the point where its at.

Its like i have to be super precise or else it messes up and i have to stat again. This is frustrating as often i have to highlight a line 3-4 times before i get it right.

I only recently got this mouse and ive actually forgotten why i got rid of the other one- i cant remember if it was because of this very problem or something else!

I tried turning off the acceleration in mouse pointer options to no avail.

Is there any workaround besides trying a new mouse?

Answer:[SOLVED] Annoying problem with mouse not highlighting when I drag

Think I may have fixed it...

I am using a 5 meter extension usb cable. Tried without it and seemed better, switched to my 5 meter repeater usb and it seems to be better now.

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I have a question regarding windows XP services that I was hoping someone could help me with.

I run Serato Scratch Live DJ software on my laptop and in order to get the best performance I created a hardware profile in which I disabled a ton of Windows services. It works nicely, there's only 14 background processes running and Serato runs great. The only problem is Click and Drag functionality has been disabled. I cant drag and drop songs in the Serato software, or drag around icons on the windows desktop. I was wondering if anyone knew which Windows service provided click and drag functionality so I can re-enable it.

Answer:Drag and Drop / Click and Drag service

None of them, Explorer.exe does that.

It sounds more like you've managed to disable something required by an explorer extension (i.e. zip program, virus scanner, etc). Most extensions I've encountered don't fail gracefully, so the explorer thread that gets information about what actions you can do with a file you just selected (like double clicking to open a zip as a folder, right click menus) just hangs waiting for a proper response from them.

Have you at least tried a clean reboot (or kill explorer.exe with taskmanager and let a new one automatically start), you might have turned off something and it didn't cleanly remove whatever hooks it had put in explorer.

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I cannot highlight text in word 2013 or pdf documents


 Have you checked for malware?  What are using to open the PDF files?
Please download Speccy and run it.  After it runs, click File and Publish.  Copy and paste the link to the result in your next post.  Also run minitoolbox and run it checking the following boxes:
List last 10 Event Viewer errors
List installed programs
List users partitions and memory size
List minidump files
Post the results here.
Good luck.

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Question: Highlighting text

Is their a download tool for firefox which would allow me to highlight text on a web page and save it so anytime I open up this web page in firefox, I will always find that piece of text highlighted?

Answer:Highlighting text

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hi guys,

having a bit of a problem trying to highlight multiple text in the same line using foxit pdf reader
tried googling but couldnt really find an answer
in word i think its just ctrl - click...but this doesnt work in foxit...

anybody know...

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Hi, I'm a teacher and I took my class of 6 year olds into our school computer room to use word (practicing using enter and the shift key to insert capital letters) they all used a word document I had saved on the school server. Many of them developed a problem with text being highlighted everytime they clicked anywhere. Had using the shift key caused this? How do I stop it happening?Thanks A rather stressed Miss King!

Answer:Won't stop highlighting text

I don't know if this is relevant - but if you click three times in the left margin of a word document it will highlight all the text. But it seems unlikely that many of them happened to be doing this?

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For some reason I'm unable to highlight text in Word documents (to change font or size etc.) Normally I've been able to hold left hand mouse button down and run over portion required but now as soon as I release the mouse left button the highlighting disappears. Grateful of any solutions. Thanks.

Answer:Word Text not highlighting

Try placing the cursor at the start of the line of text>hold down the Shift key>move cursor to end of the text and left click.

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I use Thunderbird for email. I have not found a way to directly highlight text. My workaround is to type the text in Word and highlight it wit the Word highlighter tool then paste in TBird. Does anyone know this is done more simply?

Answer:Solved: Highlighting text

What about Highlighter?

Nice and simple to use.

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I know how to highlight text I wish to copy from lets say the text from a website to Word.
The problem is the I can not see the changed colour of the background of the text I want to copy.
Another way to explain it is the text highlighting colour is a very pale grey.
If I wished to copy this message I am writing to a word document, the background of the highlighted colour turns a deep very visible blue.
Any suggestion on how to do that on a computer I have at work?
Running Windows 2013 and it is networked through a HP Thin Client if that helps.

Answer:Highlighting text I wish to copy

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Hi all,

I am working on a project for elderly and people with disability. The project is on "re-adjusting" a normal computer mouse. Some of these folks can not double-click, nor hold the left-click down for dragging files/folders. I found the following codes for changing the middle-click to left-double-click. One is written in C# the other in CPP.

This program would be very handy for them.

Regarding the 2nd part, what I am looking for, should work like the following:

1. Move the pointer on a file/folder
2. Press and release the Middle/Wheel Click
3. Move the pointer and it moves/drags the file/folder.
4. Press and release the click again and the pointer releases the file/ folder

This should work for the Windows environment. Does the description make sense?

Does anybody know if such a code has been written?



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I recently installed Win7 64-bit and Acrobat reader 9, and i'm having some strange problems viewing PDF files. If I try to select text or highlight a line in a PDF, the text of the entire PDF blurs and bleeds horribly.Also, when I try scrolling through a PDF, the text blurs horribly and becomes unreadable. This only happens if I click and drag the slider or click the up/down arrows. If I scroll using mouse wheel, it doesn't blur. Likewise, if I drag the reader window around, the text blurs badly.In fact, if I just leave the reader ALONE on screen, the text starts to slowly blur and bleed until it's unreadable.To show what I mean I uploaded a screenshot of what it looks like which you can see below. anyone know what could be causing this or how I might remedy this?

Answer:PDF files blurs when highlighting text in W7

how much memory is installed on your PC?Some HELP in posting on plus free progs and instructions Cheers

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For example, I highlight a word and as I move toward the next, I cannot highlight a letter or two, it grabs the entire word. It's like the highlight color is moving in chunks or snapping to a grid. I checked and changed a couple of mouse settings and it did nothing. I launched Chrome and I was able to have the smooth precise highlighting I've always had prior to using Edge. I'm wanting to give Edge a good chance but it seems to be greatly lacking. Any solutions for the highlighting issue will be greatly appreciated. For the moment I can live with the other Edge issues. Thanks.

Answer:Inaccurate Text Highlighting w/ Edge

Will not highlight individual text characters in Edge, yet will "deselect" individual characters.
Works fine in Chrome.

Works fine in Open Office (I don't have Word)
Works fine in Windows Notepad.
Works fine in Edge's address bar.
Same problem with downloaded .pdf files.
Same problem in Explorer.

I believe I have no other text-related apps to test.

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Hi all of a sudden I cannot High Light & Delete text. I checked into it, they said go to Tools>Options Editing...what Tools? It isn't either one on my desktop when I sign on, I cannot find what they are talking about along with that all of a sudden I have to click on everything about 5 times to open it and it blinks while I am doing the clicking then it stops and I can click on it. I also cannot move anything around on my desk top it's driving me crazy. Also I have Hoyle Card games on my desk top all of a sudden they are all acting up when I click on cards they will not move. I have no idea what is going on. I have Avira Virus they said all is well. If you have any idea what is going on please help...Most Sincerely JoJo

Answer:[SOLVED] Highlighting & Deleting Text


they said go to Tools>Options Editing...what Tools?

Who are They, and what program are they talking about? You will find Tools on the Tool bar at the top of the window in any browser Internet Explorer, Firefox etc. Windows Explorer, Outlook Express, and in Office Programs like Outlook, or Microsoft Word And also in most other programs. So, it would be most helpful if you could tell us what program you are having a problem with.
Go to Start/Run and type chkdsk C: /F and press Enter. In the Command Prompt type a Y for Yes and restart your computer. Check Disk will run at next bootup to check for file errors.
You can also go to Start/Run and type SFC /scannow and press enter. Put your XP CD in and it will replace any missing files from the CD.

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Just today, I've begun to experience difficulty highlighting text [or anything]. When I attempt to highlight an entire sentance, it might highlight only a few words. Dragging will drop it will the way. What could cause this?

If this is a mouse issue, I have a Logitech wireless laser version 3.1.116. Fresh batteries make no difference.

Thanks for any suggestions

Answer:Difficulty Highlighting Text or dragging anything

Clean the optical (red) light underneath the mouse
Clean the table

Sounds like a mouse issue to me

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I am trying to find out if there is a way to disable highlighting text with the Synaptics touchpad. I have (enable tapping) checked. I want to be able to use tapping but not to drag & highlight text. I would like to highlight text with holding down the left button which I am able to do but sometimes text is highlighted when I don't want it to. Am I making sense?
Thanks for any help

Answer:Help with Synaptics Touchpad highlighting text

I don't think you can have one without the other. I think you would have to disable tapping to stop that from accidentally happening. That or use a firmer touch.

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In a well known newsletter this week the following tip was printed:

Q. Is there a way to highlight and print sections of a document that
are not consecutive? For instance, if I highlight the first paragraph,
but want to omit the second paragraph and then highlight the third, I
lose the highlighting on the first paragraph. How can I highlight and
print just the ones I want, and not print the others?

A. Windows has an easy way of doing this. Highlight the first
paragraph. Then, hold down the Ctrl key and highlight the third
paragraph. That will leave both paragraphs highlighted.

Continue on, highlighting just the paragraphs you need. You can use
the same procedure to highlight individual words or phrases.

I tried this and the ctrl key doesn't make this work for me. I cannot keep multiple (non-sequential) paragraghs highlighted. Is this just me? Any suggestions?

Jeff B

Answer:Highlighting Selected Text and Printing

Hello, this does not work in Internet pages or notepad. This is really an Word application

In microsoft word, adobe acrobat, or similar programs it will work.

If you wanted to print specific areas, you would need to recreate a page and copy and past the stuff you wanted onto it. (for IE and notepad and Write) You can copy areas by highligting them and pressing ctrl plus C and paste them by pressing ctrl plus V

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I am unable to highlight text within email in OE (for cut and paste purposes) as I was previously able to do. Is there a setting I may have inadvertently changed?

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both word perfect is unchecked
please help

Answer:help!!!!! When highlighting text and trying to delete it won't happen.

alii11 said:

both word perfect is unchecked
please help
thanksClick to expand...

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lenovo laptop problemsthe cursor keeps hi-lighting text even when I haven't done so, when I type other things come up in place of the text

Answer:Laptop cursor keeps highlighting text

If it happens in Microsoft Word (you didn't say what applications are affected), you may have "Selection Mode" turned on.Open Word, right-click the Status Bar at the bottom of the Word window.If "Selection Mode" (near the bottom of the context menu) is ticked, left-click it to remove the tick. Selection Mode should now be off.

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I just sent an email in HTML format, not plain text. I can do a lot in it with font size, etc. But is there any way to highlight text? I thought it was in my toolbar but am not sure. Can it be added?

Answer:Highlighting Text in Outlook 2003

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I'm not really sure why, but all of the sudden, I'm having problems hightlighting text and clicking on the scroll bar to move it. I'm sure these problems are minimal compared to other things. (Believe me, I just went through a huge virus problem less than a week ago.) But it is rather annoying.

I tried restarting, and I ran the defragmenter (Which my computer really needed.), but it didn't really help. Any ideas?

Thanks. <3

Edit 1: Also this is affecting dragging files. So basically anything I'm clicking and dragging to move.

Edit 2: Tried plugging in another mouse and everything seems fine. Not sure what happened but it seemed to be a problem with the mouse itself.

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Hello Fellow friends,

I've been messing around with using and setting up my theme for Windows 7 as well as using a program called registry booster to "fix registry files." This is all that I have done to my pc lately, it runs fine and everything. There is just one thing that has been bothering me that I noticed this week.

The clicking and holding highlighting on the desktop that presents a blue box for whatever square you make, introduced with windows vista and windows 7, it is gone! I do not know where the setting is or what I have done, but I do miss it and I would like some assistance on finding a way to getting this blue highlighting box. I liked it, I miss it, I do not want the old school dotted line box. I have googled and spent a few hours trying to fix this setting, I am hoping for some direction and assistance here!

Thank you for any advice/tips given! I have looked through and out of all settings and personalization, the blue highlighting box shows in folders when I do it, but it does not do it on the desktop like it once used too.

Answer:Cursor click and hold Highlighting box.

Dont know the answer to your specfic question, but it would be my hunch that the reg fix is not doing you any good. It is my suggestion and that of many others, leave the reg alone. I have never tried to work on my registry since windows 98 and never had a problem. I do not know, but would not be surprised if your current situation is caused by the reg fix.

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The users I am working with can not stop Outlook from automatically highlighting text in her messages. I would like to help her stop this activity, but I can't find a resource that address this issue.

Answer:Outlook 2007 Involuntary highlighting text

What kind of high lighting?

Is this in incoming or out going or both emails?

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i am looking for a minimal text editor i saw last time but forgot the name. i know of notepad2, notepad++ and all that.

but i am thinking of using something i spotted last time, just see if anyone can point me to it. but i welcome recommendations for other good editors too. btw, i am a web developer (mainly PHP/HTML/CSS/JS). so features that help will be great.

so the program i am looking for has a layout very similar to say eclipse/aptana. 1 sidebar containing 2 sections. i think 1 of them shows u which part of your code u are zoomed at. i think theres a file browser too. then theres the main section for coding. 1 signature look is that is has black/dark background and light foreground colors used for the text/code, i think many refer to that as some textmate theme? apart from that, i think its very light weight and minimal. no code complete i think?

Answer:Looking for a minimal text textor (with some syntax highlighting)

i like programmers notepad.

i don't know if it's the one you were thinking of, but give it a spin - it's completely free and open source too.

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I have a new computer with Vista Home Premium pre-installed, and working with Windows Mail is proving rather difficult! Quite apart from the slight delay before things opening and deleting (which I understand others have had as well), I am having real trouble highlighting text with the mouse (click and drag). When I try and copy text from another email, the mouse selects one letter and then waits....and waits.... and eventually if I'm lucky it selects the rest of the text I want. This obviously makes scrolling to the right place almost impossible, and so copying takes ages.

I would be really grateful for any suggestions people could make as to how to fix this. It's a complete pain, and any help would be enormously appreciated! Thanks

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I am an IT at a local University and i ran into this problem with i teacher and i've never seen it before.

Whenever he opens big text files in Word 2003 and highlights the text as he scrolls up or down while highlighting it shows the first paragraph he first highlighted over and over in a cycle so you have no idea how much of the document you have highlighted until you stop.

Answer:MS Word 2003 Highlighting Text Problem

It works with smaller files and not larger files? How much memory does he have on his system?

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Quiet frequently I am unable to highlight all of the text in an item I want to send in an email or print. The browser, IE6 SP3, XP Pro, simply stops at some point before I have all of the text highlighted. I have had some success copying all of the wanted text if I drag my browser onto the scroll bar. (Discovered this by accident) Any help for me from anyone? Oh, this has been happening for about a month. As usual, TIA.

Answer:Solved: Highlighting text for copy/paste

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Software to read and highlight text as each word is being
I've tried a few like SpeakIt in chrome.

I am trying to find something like this that is free or doesn't cost as much

The program highlights a sentence in yellow and a the word being read in teal. I like that dual highlighting system.

There is also foxread but I don't use firefox and it seems to be not updated since 2008

What text to speech programs with word highlighting have you tried and would recommend?

Answer:Text to speech programs w/ word highlighting you tried?

I use AT&T on-line sometimes.

But, you want a free or cheap program.

I found a list for you to peruse.
You might find something you like---

The Best Text to Speech (TTS) Software Programs and Online Tools

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I hope I am in the right section!

This issue first started whenever I was using Microsoft Office...Word program.

But now it's the same thing online.

When I try to copy a block of text it just won't do either copies one word or copies a portion of what I am trying to is driving me insane.

And if I am in word and I try to highlight something it jumble the text....

Please help!

I found some remedies online and none worked...xoxox

Answer:Problem highlighting text for copy paste

I'd try running the chkdsk /r command...then follow that with a defrag of the Windows partition.


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Running Win10 on an Acer E5-511-C46Y.
I have an Elantech touchpad which every so often (maybe weekly) decides it's no longer going to do tap to click (my preferred setting) and is going to behave as though I am clicking and dragging the whole time. So I have to click instead of tap. It's mighty annoying.
I have done all the obvious things - driver up to date, BIOS version is the latest, settings are fine and disabling/enabling has no impact. The only cure seems to be turning the computer off and on again (who knew?!)
Acer say reset, but suspect that's the recommendation for every unsolved issue.
Is there a way to restart touchpad and reload all the drivers (essentially, to do what the laptop would do when rebooting) but without restarting?
Many thanks in advance...

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I've never seen this before, and I'd like to see if anyone else has seen this. When text is highlighted to do a copy/paste, sometimes it shows some strange graphical glitches. I've attached a screenshot to show what it looks like.

Answer:Weird display when highlighting text in Windows/Office

When I see weird things the first thing I do is shut the computer down and pull the power, keyboard and mouse cords from the back, wait a bit then put them back and try again.

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Can this feature be undone without using TweakUI? If so, how?


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My Windows 2000 Windows Explorer has recently started doing something odd that I haven't told it to do. When I click to the left of a folder in the folders explorer bar (right pane) of Windows Explorer, it is highlighting the folder to the right of the click site. I'm not clicking ON the folder, nor on the plus sign to its left, but farther to the left. It didn't used to do this, which was better behavior, since I could click in the white space to the left of the folders to put focus on Windows Explorer without changing the folder it was displaying. Does anybody know what setting I can change or registry entry I can hack or any other way to make it go back to the way it worked before? Thanks in advance. - Tim.

Answer:Folders Explorer Bar Erroneously Highlighting A Folder on Click

what are your folder options set to? webstyle? i don't run windows 2000 but that could be the problem or view as web page may be clicked...i run windows 98 so i'm giving u options from what i know on this OS...they may be of help they may not..if they do then cool..if they don't then i'm sorry...

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I've just bought a Microsoft Comfort 4500 wired mouse. I chose it because it's Microsoft and according the MS Store blurb it has "five customizable buttons that help ensure confident navigation and peak productivity". The booklets that came with it were in size 4 (?) font and covered dozens of languages - But there were no operating instructions. Two routes were on the packaging: and The first said "Sorry - this download is no longer available" and the second said "page does not exist". Ah well, such is the pace of change nowadays that it was no longer the most recent product by the time it reached me!

(1) To highlight text with my old mouse I simply position the cursor at the start of the text, left-click, highlight, right-click at the end of the text and press COPY. With the Comfort 4500, when I position the cursor at the start of the text and move it to the end, the highlighted text than changes as my mouse moves. I have to left-single-click once when I reach the end of the text to anchor it and then press Copy.
(2) Same kind of problem with the vertical slider bar on the right of internet pages. If I click on it at the top and move to the bottom it just goes up and down all over the place! Again, when I reach the position on screen that I want to look at, I have to left-single-click it to anchor the slider bar.

Not world shattering but a PITA, and an un... Read more

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i am doing loads of revision notes at the moment, and when i highlight a word or piece of text and type what i want over it or press the backspace key, it doesnt delete. i have to highlight and press the delete key.  it is amazing how much i actually use this function, so please help! thankyou

Answer:When highlighting text then pressing backspace/typing, is not deleted/replaced

Are we talking Microsoft Word here or what?  And, which version of whatever it is you're talking about?

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Hello. Using, I've been trying to figure out how to paste the clipboard into the window your mouse pointer is pointed.

If anyone has used unix you are familiar with what i am asking for; just to double right click or middle click and to paste the content of clipboard to the given window.

Can anyone offer any ideas for .net?

I would use double right click, or middle click, or single right click.

Please respond with your ideas~



Answer:Help me paste clipboard text with double right click (or right click, click)

This is kind of confusing but I just wanted code to paste the clipboard by using the mouse.

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Could it be that I deleted a file that I need to enable the click and drag feature if so how do I repair that. is there a place I can download that file?

Windows XP HOME

Answer:I cant Click and Drag

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Question: click n' drag

hello,. my "click and drag" function is not working and it is seriously impeding my work effeciency, and im getting angry, anny help??
windows xp. regular plug in mouse...

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All of a sudden I cannot click and drag to highlight text, to move a photo, or to crop an image. This is a problem in Microsoft Word, email, Adobe Photoshop etc, therefore I think it is a windows 7 issue.

Answer:can not click and drag

GiniNZoe, try this
This sounds too simple to work, but it worked for me:

1) Find an affected icon.
2) Click and HOLD the icon with the Left mouse button.
3) Press Esc while holding the Left mouse button.

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So a week or two ago my click and drag suddenly changed from click+drag=blue highlight to the click+drag= dashed line highlight (like if you were to use WinXP and wanted to highlight your desktop)

It didn't bother me TOO much but I miss the look of the blue box, and I don't know how to change it back

(Sorry for being a 1 poster, I know how people hate seeing 1 posters ask for helps)

Answer:Need help with the click+drag look

Not at all, we love all posters the same.

Anyways, no I don't know why your blue box would suddenly become a dotted line box. What were you doing at the time? You had to have done something.

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I'm not really sure how long this has been, but I can't right-click and drag my mouse. (i.e. I can't right-click-drag a file to another location to do "Create Shorcut Here", I can't move around properly in World of Warcraft, etc.)

What is the cause of this?

Answer:Can't right-click-drag with my mouse

Hello geno93n0

1. First of all check if "drag and drop" is enabled.
Both the options below should be checked.

Right-click the Start button, choose Properties, and click Customize. If you?re using the default Start menu, click the Advanced tab and then, in the Start Menu Items box, select Enable Dragging And Dropping. (If you?re using the classic Start menu, in the Advanced Start Menu Options box in the Customize Classic Start Menu dialog box, select Enable Dragging And Dropping.)

There is another setting for "Drag and Drop" in your IE options.
Open IE > Tools > Internet Options > (tab) Security > (button) Custom Level and scroll down to "Drag and Drop or Copy and Paste Files" (under Miscellaneous).
Check "Enable"

2. If that does not help,
Line 233 right hand side

Save the REG File to your hard disk. Double click it and answer yes to the import prompt

3. Try another mouse

4. Run system file check. You will need your XP installation CD for this
Start/Run and type in
sfc /scannow (there is a space before /)

5. Have you checked for malware?


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Im a PC and I have been having a problem with my mouse for about a month now.

The symptoms I have encountered thus far are:
I can't click on task bar right after windows is booted up. In order to access it i have open the my computer icon on the desktop (which I can click on). I am unable to click within the window until I hit alt-tab. Following that i can also use the taskbar.
I can click on icons but can't drop them where I want to, need to copy/cut and paste. Same goes for the quick launch icons, I can use them but not rearrange their order.
While in Firefox I can access only the webpage window or the Firefox task/address bar at a time and to switch from on to another I need to click on the taskbar or desktop and then back to Firefox. What I click on first in the window following that procedure is all I can use unless I repeat the steps to switch it.

I have a Logitech G5 mouse.
My keyboard runs fine and with out any problems. I unplugged the keyboard and rebooted to see if it might have been a stuck button but the problem was still there.
I have used a different mouse (a wireless G7 Logitech) but the problem persisted
I formatted and reinstalled windows xp yet it remains the same.
I have made sure I have the newest updates for my mouses firmware and software.
I have virus scanned to no avail.
In safe mode my mouse works like a charm, yet when I boot in safe mode and I need to select which account to sign in with it I need to use my keyboard since I cannot ... Read more

Answer:Can't click or drag'n'drop

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For some weird reason, my desktop will not allow me to click and drag files or folders at all.  The "Commonly Used Tasks" bar has also permanently affixed itself to my desktop.  I will attach a picture to this post only because this problem is very hard to descibe to most folks.  I have tried many registry fixers and all the options I can think of, but, to no avail.  Please help.  Thanks.

Answer:Desktop won't allow Click and Drag

What happened prior to this? How long has this been happening? Can you do a system restore to a point in time before this? Do you have a real WIndows CD to reinstall if necessary?

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I am having trouble with click and drag. I cannot seem to keep what I have clicked to stay until it gets to where I am trying to drag it . I am basically looking for tutorials for Chromebooks.

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I cannot copy or click and drag to cd.... no message, the file I try to copy from the desktop just goes back to the desktop. Also, will not let me create a folder or type anything on the disc.... it's just stays a blank disc....

Answer:why can't i copy or click and drag to a cd

You do have a burner, right? Why aren't you using burning software? Try DeepBurner, CDBurnerXP, or InfraRecorder:

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Please bear with me. Windows 8 is new and I previously used windows vista. I downloaded my games to an external drive. When I use external drive I display all games on the drive. I would like to drag 1 game to the desktop to be able to play at leisure. When I click and drag to desktop it copies the game, then when I want to drag game back to external drive it tries to copy again...I would like to pull off external to desktop, then put it back on external when complete. Is it possible ?? Do I have to copy game to desktop ?? thanks ahead of time...not a techie..not even close..

Answer:click and drag to desktop

No, just create a shortcut by right click & hold on the game then drag to desktop, release, and a popup menu will display, click on create shortcut.

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I just made a new install with nlite (maybe 20th one by now). I didn't change any settings at all this time, yet my right click drag seems to not work anymore. Right click response seems too overreactive. I didn't even change hover time or anything. Anyone know the setting to bring it back? Mouse is a mx518, but I haven't installed setpoint, and different speeds don't make a difference.

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Most often, although it is intermitent, I have to click twice to get the cursor to drag a scroll bar or activate a button. This is a new problem and is an issue when surfing the web and in Windows Live Mail and other programs.

I will appreciate any help you can offer.


Answer:Have to click twice to get cursor to drag.

Hi Jerry

Are you referring to a laptop touchpad or a conventional mouse?
If the latter, try a different mouse. Your current one may simply be faulty.

If the former, try re-installing the touchpad driver from the laptop maker's website.

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Hi all.  I just got a Yoga 3 Pro with Windows 10.   Out of the box, my usual left click and drag (e.g. to move or resize windows) does not seem to work.   Looking through the Synaptics software, I see double tap and drag (and that works), but no option for a simple (left) click and drag.  Does anyone know if this is possible? Thanks in advance. Dan


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Answer:Click and Drag - Yoga 3 Pro

It has to work.Please check that synaptics driver is the same with the latest at lenovo site.Otherwise download and install it.

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As the title says, I can't right-click-drag my mouse, i.e. the icon I'm trying to drag doesn't "stick" to the cursor, and the context menu that pops out on release of the right mouse button is the menu that would appear if I right-clicked on the spot, NOT the right-click-drag menu (Copy Shortcuts Here, Extract Here, etc.).

However, I can do it in Safe Mode. I've tried uninstalling and reinstalling the mouse to no avail. Interestingly, when I open Mouse settings in Control Panel and click the check box to switch the primary and secondary buttons but without clicking Apply yet, I can get it to work.

Anyone have any ideas?

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A couple of weeks or so ago I started having trouble dragging or scrolling down on emails using Windows Live Mail. I find that most often I have to click a second time to get the function to work. This happens on other functions such as clicking to delete or trying to grab something to drag. It is not 100% consistent, but most often requires a second click, and the second click works. I suppose I could do a system restore a month or more back but I wonder if there is something else I should try. Although I am under warranty, Dell tells me it is not for software support.

Suggestions? Thanks so much for your help.

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium , Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5 CPU M 450 @ 2.40GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 37 Stepping 5
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 3956 Mb
Graphics Card: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 540v , 512 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 290204 MB, Free - 235402 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc., , A07, .HPY54K1. .
Antivirus: McAfee Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware, Updated and Enabled

Answer:Have to click twice to drag or do other functions

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It's nothing serious but every time I click and drag something from one folder to another it has been creating a shortcut rather than the normal cut/paste. How can I fix this?

Answer:Click + Drag Issues

Drag and drop with the right mouse button and then select which action you want to do. I suspect that create a shortcut is the default selection

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i have an issue with an acer E1-510, when i click and drag, it freezes up,it is intermittent, and could happen first time, or 10th time.i can only right click, the only way to 'unfreeze' it is to restart, this is only a couple of months old, i have a lot of my childrens things on it, and was told if i returned it they would wipe the hard drive and re install windows :/ i have nothing to back up information on. does anyone have any ideas on what the issue could be please? TIA

Answer:windows 8.1 keeps freezing when i click and drag

Before you try any repair It would be wise if you bought a flash drive or an old hard drive and buy a caddy, so you can backup your photos etc. As a matter of fact its a 'must' thing to do anyway. If you can then back up to two different media. Once done you can send it back for repair.

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Hi, I've got a W540 running Windows 7 and when using the trackpoint + touchpad button functionality to click & drag certain windows across the desktop, the window being dragged will jerk right to left (by as much as 2") as I move the trackpoint.  The jumping/jerking is severe enough that I had to turn off Aero features like Shake because the jerking would cause all of my other desktop windows to minimize (which is both infuriating and hilarious, if it's not happening to you). I similarly had to turn off the 'ease of access' feature that would automatically maximize/arrange windows when they reach the display edge, because the jerking would cause the moving window to maximize or tile.  This is not seen with all apps (notably it happens with jabber & pidgin) and I don't have this problem with the same apps on a W520 running Win7.  How can I fix this?

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I am running 2000 with SP4. Recently I am having a problem with explorer hanging. It hangs evertime I try to drag a file, right click it for properties or try to delete. Obviously this is a big problem. Otherwise windows runs fine. Any ideas?

Thanks in advance.

Answer:Explorer.exe hangs on drag, right click...

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For some reason I cannot click and drag with my right mouse button. The left mouse button can drag fine, and when I invert the settings so the left mouse button performs the functions of the right mouse button and vice versa, they both work fine, which is what really confuses me.

Any ideas on what is wrong?

Also if I hold down the right mouse button and let go, the right-click registers when I let go. And if I swipe my mouse over an icon and time the right-click just right, I can move it slightly with a split-second drag.

Mostly it matters in games, because I can't aim down the site of a gun by holding the right button down, and I have to use the buttons on the side of the mouse instead, which can get annoying.

Answer:Can't Click and Drag With Right Mouse Button!

I just read through what you said three times and I still have no idea what you are referring to.
Your mouse works correctly when the left and right button are reversed?
A lot of what you said is just the way a mouse works...
Am I missing something?

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I have a new Yoga 12.  The 'click' buttons recently became unresponsive.  I'm able to use the eraserhead pointer and the touchpad, but the left and right click buttons no longer work.  I'm unable to click and highlight anything on the screen.  Anyone else run into this problem?  Anyone have a solution?

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I'm talking about the touch screen, not an external keyboard or stylus. Is there a way to click and drag for using touch screen?

Answer:Is there a way to click and drag on a thinkpad tablet 10?

Just tap on an item, keep you finger there for just a short time span and start dragging.

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In XP I could move the position of a photo within a file by click & drag. This does not work in Windows 7 on my new Acer computer

Answer:Click & drag does not work in Windows 7

A photo in a file. What file ? A photo an a word doc ?CoolGuy

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Windows XP freezes when I try to drag and drop files. Also, when I right click on folders, the computer will sometimes freeze up. Or, the right click menu will open up, but when I try to move or copy folders, it will freeze up. I have to open task manager with Ctrl/Alt/Del and end the process. I just installed Directory Opus 9.5 to get around this, but I would like to solve the problem. I have a Dell Dimension 3100 with XP SP3. Thanks for any input!

Answer:XP Drag and Drop/Right Click Problem

Please do not double-post. Please read the rules, especially the section entitled "Multiple Postings".

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Hi there. I recently got a new laptop and while I have been able to figure out how to strip the majority of the useless Windows 8 crap out, but I cannot find how to disable this workspace thing when you click the top of the screen, probably because I am using the wrong keywords in Google.

Screenshots as to what I am talking about:

Any help would be most appreciated!

Answer:How to disable the top click and drag in Windows 8.1?

Hey there Brink! What I mean, is when you click and hold the top of the desktop in Windows 8.1, it lets to move it in the Metro interface, similar to how you can set those windows to take up half the screen.
What I want to disable is the whole click and hold thing, since it interferes with selecting items on the desktop.

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I having an problem where I can't drag and drop icons/windows on my desktop, nor click on any flash players buttons. I have no idea on what to do to fix this.
I changed my mouse to a wired one and it still does the same.

Help please, thank you.

Answer:Can't drag and drop, click on flash.

What Operating System are you using?

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I Have lost the ability to drag highlighted text to the subject box when I compose or forward an email using Gmail and other mails with Firefox. Believe it may have stopped working with Firefox 14.1 update, I have tried Firefox safe mode and cache cleaned. Miss being able to do this,,,any suggestions please....Jim
1 T HD, W7 HP , FF 14.0.1, MSE, SAS, MWB and W-FW

Answer:Lost ability to drag highlighted text

Hi Jim-Ed -Please try to use Internet Explorer to do this and not Firefox, and post back the results of your attempts -Your Windows7 will have I.E.8 or 9 installed already -Thank You -

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I have three HDs in my system - a primary 160gb SATA, C:; an 80gb PATA used solely for backups / disk images, E:; and a twin to the SATA drive that's half-full with media, between videos, music, and so forth, F:.

As we know, clicking and dragging a file from, say, the desktop to *my* "My Music", which is F:, copies the file as opposed to moving it. Of course, when the source/destination paths of the file are on the same drive, it actually moves.

Yes, I know Ctrl+x > Ctrl+v or right-click > drag > "move here" will do the trick, but now I'm wondering where, or if, there is a setting for this. I didn't see it in TweakUI, and I'm kind of curious.

Answer:Moving files from one drive to another with click - drag

I dont really say you want to do it with click-drag and you explained how to do it, but said you dont want to do it by clicking and dragging..just confused is all

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So I'm on Windows XP when I click and hold down anything and try to drag it, it acts as I'm not holding down the clicking button.
I have tried several different mouses so I know its not a problem with the mouse. Can you please advise what the problem might be and how to fix it?

Answer:Problem with mouse it wont let me click and drag

Can anyone help?

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1. Put cursor over a file or folder on the desktop.2. Hold the lower right corner of the touchpad (embedded right button)3. Drag with another finger (either hand)4. Lift off the dragging finger to reposition, then touch again, and it lets go of the icon, returning it to the original position.  (This means I'm not accidentally lifting off the right button. If I was doing that, the icon would remain where I moved it to. There are 3 ways to keep it from doing this: a. Use the right hard button above the pad.b. Press the touchpad button below the bend along the lower edge (As close to the edge as possible.c. Insulate the button pressing finger from the pad with folded paper, or press with a pencil eraser. b and c above show that it's the presence of a touch in the active area above the lower edge bend,  This touch, plus another touch being initiated in any other area of the pad interrupts the drag operation. The "tap and drag" settings have no effect on this.   I just received the machine today after a 1 month order wait, and this is frustating enough to make me want to send it back.  As-is, it's nearly impossible to do right-click moves using the right pad button.  It becomes a 2-handed operation, one to hold the upper right button, and the other to do the dragging.   


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Answer:X220 touchpad, Can't right click drag with more than one stroke

hey dnw333,could you update your ultranav driver and install the latest ultranav utility via the link below

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I can click and drag the answer to proper place but it won't stay where I drag it to, I cannot proceed to next question on test until this answer is complete

Answer:i have click and drag issue while taking on line course

It's probably best to contact the provider of the course.

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I've recently set up a new rig.... So I'm still getting all the little annoyances squashed. I have two that continue to plague me..

1. When I select, right click/drag most of the time I get a right click menu rather than the ability to drag the item. Not sure how to fix that one.

2. I run a dual monitor set up for my graphics work. If I have iTunes up and playing music when I go to lower or up the volume I get a monitor identify overlay while I'm messing with the volume. Is there a way to turn that off?

Thanks much


Answer:Strange happenings when right click to drag on Windows 10

Hi, the first sounds more like a mouse problem. Do you have a wired mouse you can try? There were problems with some wireless mice in the early days of '10.

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Has anyone ever run across this? I had one overly clever user disable the ability to click and drag anything anywhere. How do you undo this?

They can double click on a desktop icon and launch a program or select something, but cannot click and drag anything using the left mouse button. No clicking on a desktop icon and dragging it to move clicking on a message in Outlook and dragging it into another clicking on a file and dragging it into another folder in the windows explorer...nothing. It's not just the desktop that's locked down or the start menu, it's all uses of the "click something and drag it somewhere else" functionality. Searching google on this comes up with bunches of results about a browser vulnerability about the click and drop fuction in IE, but nothing that seems to relate to this. I've tried looking at machine policies to see if I can find one applicable, but I cannot find one that will make my machine behave in this manner so I know what to fix on this idiot's PC.

Thanks in advance for any assistance.

the numbskull is using XP Pro, SP2

Answer:WindowsXP idiot disabled click and drag

System Restore?


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Hi, my cat recently walked all over my Dell Inspiron keyboard and afterward my touchpad buttons no longer worked. I can no longer click and drag objects with the left and right-clicking brings up no menu. I have already uninstalled and reinstalled the touchpad driver with no change. The touchpad itself works, there is a cursor and i can double-click etc. Just the buttons don't work. Can you help? Many thanks!

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All of a sudden, I can no longer click and drag items off my desktop into the Recycle Bin (for instance). I'm using XP Home. Is this a result of SP3 download ? Any ideas how to fix this ?

Answer:Click and drag no longer working in Desktop

Try a simple re-start, if this does not fix it try a System Restore back to the nearest possible date from today.

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xp home, 30gb free space. recently reinstalled windows. sometimes when it freezes i can restart and that will take care of it. thanks, boyd.

Answer:comp freezes when i right-click or drag and drop


Right-click is slow or weird behavior caused by context menu handlers.


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I had this issue and ended up reinstalling Win10 last week so not sure what the trigger is.
If I left click or right click and drag anything, the icon doesnt respond for 1 sec.
The mouse cursor moves fine, no lag.
Example, I left click and drag a desktop folder a few spots over and release. the mouse cursor clicks on the folder, the cursor moves over. and about 1 second from when I left clicked, the folder will appear where I released it.
If I left click the folder, drag it over, but hold left click, then the folder will appear under the cursor and I can move it around like normal.
If I right click and drag a folder and release it takes about 1 sec for the context menu to show up.
Just right clicking brings up the context menu instantly.
This isnt restricted to the desktop. This is any icon, in any folder. Drag/drop to same folder, different folders or even across drives, it makes no difference.

Answer:Left and right click drag, 1 sec delay for action


Can you run Task Manager at the same time as you are doing this and see which processes are using CPU, memory and disk resources as you perform the click and drag. Hopefully this will give you a clue, it may be an anti-virus program is working or something monitoring your files.

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Hi, my cat recently walked all over my Dell Inspiron keyboard and afterward my touchpad buttons no longer worked. I can no longer click and drag objects with the left and right-clicking brings up no menu. I have already uninstalled and reinstalled the touchpad driver with no change. The touchpad itself works, there is a cursor and i can double-click etc. Just the buttons don't work. Can you help? Many thanks!

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My buddy just bought a brand new Acer Aspire 5552 and fresh out of the box he cannot double click drag any windows.

If he wants to drag/move a window, he has to actually click and hold the button. He cannot use the trackpad.

He updated to the latest drives directly from Acer's website and it still doesn't work.

I searched google for any solutions and I found one post where the guy had the exact same problem, but no one replied with a solution.

Any thoughts on this would be great.


Answer:Can't double click drag any windows? Ideas?

Hi, function (Fn) key and the F7 key turns on\off the trackpad.

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Hello folks, I have a number of sheets where I want to have a check box linked to a cell, in fact I want a column of these. When I link the box to the cell and click and drag that cell down the column, it creates the check boxes but the cell link remains constant at the original cell, it does not drag the formula and increment to the next cell. Is there a way of doing this?Cheers

Answer:Excel click and drag check box formula

Look in the formula for the original cell. If there are $ signs, remove them as this tells Excel it is an absolute reference and will not replicate for cells in order.RegardsFitshase

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Hello! I have had this problem, since I went over to Windows 7 x64!

When I want to select multiple files in windows explorer ,as an example I left click and drag a rectangular marquee over the files.

However, if I do this now it always releases the selection randomly
even when I have not relished the button on the mouse.
It happens everywhere,select text. In Firefox,Word,Explorer and other applications it just drops the selection randomly.

This never happens in Win xp or Vista x64.Is there something wrong with a mouse driver?
I can say this has been an issue since the beginning of my installation of Windows 7 so I'm pretty sure it has nothing to do with any applications I have installed.

Answer:Mouse Left click + drag issue

Hello Thewiruz, and welcome to Seven Forums.

If you do not already, you might see if using the single click to open a item option may work better with this. I find that using the double click to open a item option tends to select items to easily.

Hope this helps,

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I have my taskbar set up to use small buttons and Never Combine task bar buttons. I can drag separate programs to move them around on the task bar, but the problem comes when I'm running multiple of one program or multiple folders or that such. Visually, on the task bar they are joined end to end, where other programs have just a bit of space between them. When I try and drag these to move them around they move the entire block. I don't see any way to rearrange these blocks or move individual windows of that program.

If it helps at all, I'm specifically talking about World of Warcraft windows. They changed something in the patch so they behave like this now. Prior to yesterday they were completely separate programs and I could drag each individually to a position on the taskbar. But now they appear as a solid block on the task bar and I can't rearrange them. I can move all three WoW windows together, but I can't just move the left most one to the right side or vice versa.

Here's a picture of my task bar with what I hope are helpful labels to describe what I'm talking about. What I want is for the two WoW windows on the right there to be separate programs and able to move around independently instead of being joined as a single block like that.

Answer:How can I click and drag to move programs on the taskbar?

There is no way that I know of to separate that kind of button. I'm afraid the only way is probably if Blizzard changes it again. Whatever they did is now causing Windows to see those two buttons as two windows/instances of the same program, which means it will automatically join them together, and I don't think you can prevent/undo that.

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Hello guys,

A couple of days ago my right click drag-and-drop stopped working... restarted alright (thought it'd be that simple) but it's not back...

Any ideas?


Just to clarify: my right click works ok, so it's not the mouse that's at fault, I would guess...

Answer:Right click drag and drop stopped working?!

I have the same problem and am looking for a solution. It's definitely not the mouse; it's a software problem. It happened first on my desktop at work. Later, it happened on my laptop. I did a System Restore to earlier in the day, and it fixed the problem on my laptop. Then I reinstalled the program that prompted the Restore point, and my right-click drag-and-drop still worked. Therefore, I don't think it's a program I installed.

When it stopped working on my laptop, I remember that I had to kill the Explorer process for some reason. (I think I was copying something from an external drive, and explorer.exe stopped responding, so I killed it and tried to go along my merry way.)

I've looked around, and the only solutions I can find are checking to see if drag.exe, drop.exe, or TEXTER is running. I've never seen any of these processes.

Any ideas?

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I can't drag and drop text/images from IE 11 to WordPad or other programs. When I try to do this the cursor changes to a black or red circle with a line in it. Drag and dropping in file explorer still works.

Answer:Can't drag and drop text/image from IE 11 to Wordpad or other programs

mine too, so I just copy -past it

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Hi to everyone
when you left click and drag the mouse on desktop you can see a blu area (see attached)
Is there a way to disable this on windows 7?

Thanks in advance

Answer:Muose how to disable the click and drag selection area

Welcome to the Seven Forums

Click on the Start button and on the right side of the Start menu right-click on Computer and click on properties.

After the window opens up click on Advanced system settings.
Make sure you are on Advanced tab and click on the Settings button for Performance.
Uncheck Show translucent selection rectangle then Apply and OK your way out.

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My computer, which is a Toshiba C655, thinks I am holding the primary mouse button down, when I've just simply clicked. I don't have Click Lock on, I've tried using my bamboo tablet, and the problem persists. I've also tried a reboot, but that didn't work either. If anyone can give me a solution, please respond.

Edit: When i tap on the trackpad itself, he problem doesn't occur. when i press the left button below the trackpad, though, it happens. is this a hardware problem?

Answer:Mouse/Trackpad registering one click as hold/drag

Hello walllable. Welcome to the forum.

Yes it could be. That is a common symptom of a defective touchpad.

Two things can help determine this:
If you can attach a mouse or external touchpad and they work normally.
If you uninstall (remove) the touchpad from Device Manager and then restart and let it reinstall and then reinstall it's driver and the problem persists.

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I have had my laptop a little while now and has been upgraded to windows 10. It seems since then i am not able to drag windows or re-size windows with touchpad I am also not able to click and drag a folder to another location with touch pad. Is very annoying and have to use an external mouse. I have checked the elan settings and tried changing different options but nothing works, when i click and try and drag it just either does nothing or highlights everything. Anyone know of this issue or if i am missing a really obvious option? Plus all my drivers have been updated to win 10 and also tried uninstalling driver and reinstalling etc to no avail. Thanks in advance

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I am having an issue with my mouse settings - whenever I try to drag and drop a file, it opens before I have the chance to drag it. How do I change this in my settings?

Answer:Why do files open immediately when I click to drag and drop?

You could check the double-click speed setting for the mouse.

Do the file names get underlined when you put the mouse cursor over them? Then the explorer's Folder options may be set to one click instead of double click.

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I recently got a new computer at work with Windows 7 and Microsoft Office 2010. I'm having issues in both Excel and Outlook when I try to drag and drop an item, instead of just dropping when I take my finger off of the mouse button, I'm having to click a second time on the mouse to get it to drop the item. I have googled this problem and tried multiple things to trouble shoot without success. It is driving me crazy!

I have downloaded new mouse software
Tried another mouse
Undocked and tried with touchpad
Checked settings in Excel and drag and drop is enabled.

Really appreciate any insights.

Answer:Drag and Drop Required Mouse Click to Move

Have you tried rebooting?

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Refer to original topic here:
This has been sheer hell for me. I'm hoping someone here has a solution

Answer:Cannot left click on icons or folders... only taskbar, or to drag!!

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