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If I leave my mouse in one spot for several seconds with my finger on the touch pad, it interprets it as a downclick. So if I hover over a file while thinking about something and then move my cursor, it will try to drag the file, if I hover over text and then move the cursor it will select text, and so on.

I have gone into the System Settings and unchecked "Tap to Click" already, but that doesn't seem to do it. Is there another way to disable this feature?

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Have you got any Application which either modifies or enhances the behaviour and possibilities of the trackpad or the magic mouse? – Thecafremo Jan 30 '13 at 9:20
No not that I know of. I do have a magic mouse that I use sometimes. – Abe Miessler Jan 30 '13 at 16:00

Did you put more than one finger on your pad ? Precisely, did you put exactly three fingers ? That may be your problem, and therefore your solution. In the preference menu, you can disable the "Three finger drag".

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No, I've tested it a number of times. One finger on the pad for about three seconds, then touch and move the cursor with another finger. – Abe Miessler Jan 30 '13 at 3:35
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Turned out this was being caused by a faulty touch pad. Not an entirely uncommon problem apparently. Hope this helps someone.

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