How To Enable Three-Finger Drag On MacBook Trackpad

After updating beyond Mavericks (ie to Yosemite or El Capitan) you will promptly notice that the three-finger drag no longer works on your trackpad. For some, the idea of having to click and drag is too daunting and doesn’t feel natural.

After searching through the Mouse and Trackpad settings in System Preferences, you’ll find that there is no option to re-enable the three-finger drag on your MacBook trackpad. That’s because, like me, you were looking in the wrong place!

How to enable three-finger drag on MacBook trackpad

Step 1: Open up System Preferences by clicking on the Apple icon in the top left-hand corner of your screen. Then click on to System Preferences.

OS X El Capitan System Preferences Menu

Step 2: Next, click on to Accessibility (aha!) which is the blue icon with a stick figure inside.

OS X El Capitan System Preferences

Step 3: In the new window that appears, click on Trackpad Options.

OS X El Capitan Accesibility

Step 4: A small menu will appear. Check the box besides Enable Dragging and then from the dropdown menu select Three finger drag. Click OK and close the System Preferences window.

OS X El Capitan Three Finger Drag

That’s it! You’re down and can no drag icons, files, folder, windows and a whole lot more by hovering your mouse of the item in question and then dragging three fingers across your MacBook trackpad.

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