I'm trying to use the new "three finger drag" gesture in Lion and it's not working. There isn't a preference setting for it in TrackPad -> Point and Click either. Does anyone know how to turn it on?


Some older Macs only support two finger scrolling on the trackpad, not three. Since you're not seeing a setting for three finger drag, I'd guess your hardware just doesn't support it.

Are you able to do other gestures that require more than two fingers? If not, it's probably a hardware limitation, and you could just get a Magic Trackpad.

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  • I can use, and have preferences for, the other 3 finger swipe gestures (move between spaces, Mission Control, App Expose, ect). For some reason I can't use, nor have a preference for, the 3 finger drag gesture. – Toph Jul 28 '11 at 18:06
  • @Toph I'm not sure I can help, then. Perhaps you can take it in to an Apple Store and see if they can help. – Josh Brown Jul 29 '11 at 3:22
  • I'm on an old MBP, with a physical button with the pad. On 10.9, it supports, e.g. "look up with three fingers" tap, but not drag. Dunno why, but it's not b/c it can't recognize those gestures. – Clay Bridges Mar 27 '14 at 15:48

I've been trying to figure this out as well and found it on another site , so here you go:

System Preferences->Universal Access->Mouse and Trackpad->Trackpad Options-> then you have your choice of dragging with or without draglock :)

Hope this helps!

Source: http://hints.macworld.com/article.php?story=20110630003322997

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    This is not three finger drag. That option is located in System Preferences > Trackpad > Point & Click > Three finger drag only on Macs with multi-touch capable trackpads. – gentmatt Oct 29 '12 at 11:42

If you look under all your settings, you have the option to change to 2 or 3 finger swipe.

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    The three finger swipe to change spaces works great, but I'm unable to use the three finger tap to drag a window. The gesture is mentioned at the bottom of this page: support.apple.com/kb/HT4721 – Toph Jul 28 '11 at 4:02

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