Dragging text used to be instant. Now, especially after an application’s been open a few minutes, it takes forever from the time I press the mouse button on text until I can drag it. (If I try to drag it before the cursor changes form the text-insertion icon to an arrow, the text is deselected.) I’ve timed the delay a few times, and the longest one was about 35 seconds from mouse-down to cursor-change.
I started noticing this about six months ago. The only change to the system that I can think of that coincided even slightly was Yosemite. I’ve noticed it mostly in Scrivener, which is almost always where I drag text. But it also occurs in Calendar and Mail.
Closing the app and reopening it fixes it for a minute.
I’ve tried the Terminal command to eliminate the delay, and it seems to have no effect. (
defaults write -g NSDragAndDropTextDelay -int 100) I’ve also tried the Tinderbox adjustment.
What could this be?