Enable Double-Tap to Click in Mac OS X Lion

There are actually quite a few things that I find irritating with Mac OS X Lion, but one of the big ones is how they changed the double-tap function of the trackpad.  It no longer defaults to the ability to click and drag items or highlight text.  That functionality was moved to the 3-finger gesture.

But, I like the double tap.  It’s faster for me to double tap with one finger to drag things around than it is for me to drag all three fingers around.  And I couldn’t figure out how to get that functionality back because they kind of hid the option.

But, I finally figured out how, and if your looking to do the same thing, this is all you need to do:

1 – Open up your System Preferences.

2 – Click the Universal Access option.

3 – Choose Mouse & Trackpad.

4 – Choose Trackpad Options…

5 – Check the box next to “Dragging” and then choose “Done.”

And that’s it.  Why they didn’t put it in the “Trackpad” options…I have no idea.

But if they did, I wouldn’t have needed to write this lovely post, I guess.

What’s your least favorite Lion “improvement?”  Share in the comments.

Tags: , , , ,

About Luke

My name is Luke, and I'm the Online Media Manager for a technology company, photographer, husband, and father. You can see a snapshot of some of my work at LukeCoburn.com. I cheer for the Red Sox and am completely in love with my wife and four little princesses.

13 Responses to “Enable Double-Tap to Click in Mac OS X Lion”

  1. shikhasingh0026 March 8, 2012 at 1:53 am #

    I never tried MAC OS. But i heard that this is very popular in the U.S

  2. roman November 21, 2012 at 7:40 am #

    Senks!!!!! %))))

  3. Neal March 9, 2013 at 2:26 pm #

    Thank you!!!!

    • Luke March 15, 2013 at 3:14 pm #

      You’re welcome!

  4. Brendan March 12, 2013 at 10:42 pm #

    Dude, thank you so much for this!!! Just reformatted my Mac and was so pissed I couldn’t double tap anymore

    • Luke March 15, 2013 at 3:16 pm #

      Yeah, simple things become irritating pretty quickly when they don’t just work. Glad this helped.

  5. Daniel June 19, 2013 at 8:32 am #

    Thank you so much!

  6. shyanne July 26, 2013 at 10:12 am #

    I didnt have the extra trackpad settings so what do I do?

  7. Nelson August 7, 2013 at 10:45 pm #

    Thank you very much in deed! I’ve been trying a lot to get it. Why the hell they move it from touchpad config options?

  8. MCM February 17, 2014 at 5:49 am #

    OMG! It took me 2 hours to find out the right post to solve this really non-user friendly modification!!!
    Thank you so much for having actually shown WHERE to move this cursor.

  9. Phil August 9, 2014 at 10:14 pm #

    Hey man, you rock—thanks a lot. Saved me a bunch of time.

  10. Catalina September 7, 2014 at 12:38 pm #

    This is so far the BEST and number 1 help I have EVER had.

  11. Mario June 16, 2015 at 7:46 pm #

    Thank for this post, I’m a Windows user recently had to use Macbook for work. This feature was sorely missed until now.

Your Thoughts...?