Dragging with MBP trackpad


I just switched from iMac to MBP with force touch trackpad. I normally use a mouse with the MBP but on occasion I have to use the trackpad, and have found difficulty when trying to drag selections of icons.
I select the icons, press down hard on the trackpad and get a force touch which cancels the drag operation. I realize I can practice the different levels of pressure required and set force touch to firm rather than medium (I tried that and and found I liked medium best). I never learned to use tap on a trackpad, and usually disable that feature on Mac and Windows.
However, researching this online I found an option to enable 3 finger dragging which seems to be no longer available in Mojave. Is this really gone or is there a way to enable it? Does anyone have any other suggestions?



Three finger dragging still works; the setting is un the Accessibility section of System Preferences. That confused me at first too.



Thanks! Apparently it’s been there since Lion but I have never had to use it before. I’ll see how three finger drag works.

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I recently switched to a new MacBook Air. I tried the 3 finger drag for a while, but I personally found it clumsy for anything beyond a short distance.

I switched it back to a 1 finger behavior ‘without drag lock’.




Thanks! Tried it but I press too hard, Force Touch opens one of the icons and the selection drops. Too many years of keeping an iron grip on the track pad with one finger while I drag with another finger on the same hand or the other hand for longer distances. It’s easier to learn something new than unlearn.



If it helps, I recently taught my 11-year-old to drag from one Finder window to another and she had trouble pressing with the right amount of force to avoid triggering the preview. I also found it interesting that I lacked the vocabulary to precisely describe how to deal with Force Touch on the trackpad. It’s useful but not intuitive.

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I think I am lucky as I’ve been using ‘Tap to click’ since my first plastic Macbook. I actually don’t use the physical click or Force Touch aspect at all.



Another option - Copy and Paste. But there’s no Cut, so you can’t use this to move files. Hate to say Windows is better in any way, but there’s a Cut for files that when followed by Paste results in a move.



There is a weird workaround cut for files — cmd+opt+v to paste a copied file will move it instead of copying it. I don’t think there is any way to do this without the keyboard shortcut.



If you can train yourself to use force touch and not press so hard you’ll find it’s useful all over the place, not just in click and drag situations.

Also I presume everyone knows that you can click on an icon with one finger then do the actual dragging with a second finger?

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I don’t even bother with clicking my trackpads (I use trackpads when my MBP is “docked” at work and at home) and have enabled the tap to click feature.