I want to REALLY disable drag and drop

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  1. Posts : 247
    Windows 10 Home

    arnoldh said:
    It's a proper mouse. I agree about the undesireable actions with a Synaptics Touchpad. On my laptop I prefer to plug in a proper mouse rather than use the touchpad.
    I totally agree. I often use an external mouse on the laptop.
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    Posts : 654
    Windows 10 Professional x64 20H2

    arnoldh said:
    It's a desktop with a proper mouse. I agree about the undesireable actions with a Synaptics Touchpad. On my laptop I prefer to plug in a mouse rather than use the touchpad.
    I Hate Touchpads!!.. I have a mouse permanently attached to my laptop and the Touchpad is disabled.
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  3. Posts : 44
    Win10 Pro 2004
    Thread Starter

    Just a note on the solution I have adopted to inadvertently moving folders. So far, it has been working really well for me, but will not be applicable to most people. My problem is caused by having a desktop spread over three monitors. This configuration caused my original problem, but also allows me to fix it.

    I have set the drag and drop sensitivity to 1100 pixels using for example Change Drag and Drop Sensitivity in Windows. 1100 pixels is greater than the height of any of my three monitors. This means that if I inadvertently pick up a folder from a folder pane while scrolling in an adjacent monitor, it cannot get moved into another folder in the folder pane, because the height of the folder pane is less than 1100 pixels.

    Most people say that using such a large sensitivity is unworkable when you do want to move a folder (or a window in a browser). It may stop you moving anything within your monitor. However I have nearly 5000 pixels spread across my three monitors. If I want to move a folder, I just move it way off the monitor into the adjacent one, it then starts moving, and I can then move it back to where I want on the source monitor. I'm finding it just as easy to use as when the sensitivity is set to the default 4 pixels.

    If you only have one monitor and have problems with inadvertent moves within a folder pane, a possible solution could be to set the sensitivity to greater than the height of your monitor in pixels, but less than the width of the monitor. This probably won't work if you're trying to move a browser window that's in the middle of our monitor, unless the width of your monitor is greater than twice the height of your monitor.
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    Windows / Linux : Arch Linux

    Hi folks
    I think in general Touch pad on laptops can be permanently disabled -- people probably have pointed this out before I think in this thread.

    I HATE laptop touchpads -- even when I'm travelling I take a wireless mouse for the laptop.

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