I'm having a weird problem that just started with my 2012 15" Retina Macbook Pro with Yosemite. The ability to tap and drag using the internal trackpad has stopped working. All the other gestures work just fine, including three finger drag (when I enable it - it's off by default) and two finger scrolling.

I can perform the gesture just fine using a wireless Magic Trackpad.

I've tried both SMC and PRAM resets and nothing helps. Anyone seen the same issue?

  • Do You have any additional app installed like Better Touch Tool? – Mateusz Szlosek Feb 23 '15 at 22:10
  • No, no additional apps installed. – Mark Costello Feb 24 '15 at 13:26

It seems like apple moved the option for enabling tap-to-drag to the accessibility pane. You can enable it there:

Select Mouse & Trackpad in the accessibility pane of the system preferences and enter the Trackpad Options Enable dragging

  • Thanks, I've enabled that, and it still doesn't work. As I stated, tap to drag works for external magic trackpads, but not for the internal ones with this set. – Mark Costello Feb 24 '15 at 13:15
  • Note that ticking three-finger drag (in the Trackpad prefs pane) will change the Accessibility-pane setting. Unticking the drag setting in the Trackpad-pane first then following these instructions, is what worked for me. – JRobert Aug 28 '15 at 12:46

I have "Enable dragging" under Acessibility turned off and "Tap to click" turned on under Trackpad -> Point & Click. Everything both clicking (by tapping) and dragging works on my internal trackpad.


I had just done some testing to check this out when answering another question before I found my way here. That ability, at least on the Bluetooth Multitouch Trackpad, seems to be gone, at least for now. See the other answer if you want a few more minor details.


This answer is still relevant (I will update if needed or stops working). Just confirmed it on a new 2016 MacBook: both three finger drag + tap and drag works.


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