I enabled dragging with the trackpad in my preferences:

It works well, but there is a delay after I release my finger from the touchpad.

So, I:

  1. Double tap and begin dragging
  2. If I release my finger from touchpad and then put it again, quick enough, and move the mouse, it's dragging the window.

Instead of that I want to stop dragging the window when releasing the finger.

How to do that? Is there a setting or a terminal command to run?


"without drag lock" is the correct setting for this – however, the drag lock only turns off after a half-second of inactivity, to make sure that the drag is finished. So, you must wait just a bit before touching the trackpad again.

You can also tap once at the end of your drag to release the drag lock.

If you use the "three finger drag" setting, no delay is required to move the cursor with a single finger.

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    is there a way to decrease this 1/2 sec delay ? – Vatsal Jun 15 '17 at 6:33
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    this is so irritant. – Halil İbrahim Oymacı Oct 2 '20 at 8:11

You can try installing "BetterTouchTools" which removes the delay completely along with allowing you to add your own gestures.

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  • Please let us know how to do this in BTT. After googling and looking through BTT it is not obvious. – RoG Mar 26 '20 at 16:47
  • The option was removed as it isn't supported anymore for the newer versions of the macOs. – krizajb Dec 31 '20 at 8:02

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