Win 7 – “disable hover-to-select” / “tap again and hold to drag”

Although this is not a technical blog, it is an eclectic on, so here’s something useful, and maybe someone will find this info more easily in a blog than digging through endless forums and barely/unrelated helpful suggestions.

PROBLEM:  Annoying feature: hover-to-select has caused me endless hassle and occasional grief. It activates/selects things just because the cursor happens to be in that place or (even worse!) and (related? the same?) will pick up a folder and drop it in a random folder I crossed over and now I must search for it (if I even know it happened because it is so quick!).

(I have a Lenovo ThinkPad, but I believe this is not specific to this laptop.)



  • Control Panel
  • Mouse
  • UltraNav Tab
    • TouchPad block
      • Enable TouchPad – Use as pointing device with advanced features (select) – Settings
        • Tapping – you will want this off but first…
        • check “Tap and Drag.” If “Tap again and hold to drag” is checked, uncheck it (if it is greyed and checked, go to Tapping, turn it on, then back to “Tap and Drag,” uncheck it, then go back to Tapping and uncheck.
        • Apply. OK.
        • Apply. OK.


  • Control Panel
  • Ease of Access Center
  • Make the mouse easier to use (should be the fourth option)
  • “Make it easier to manage Windows”
    • Be sure there is no check beside: “Activate a window by hovering over it with the mouse.”
    • (If it is already unchecked: Check, Apply. Uncheck, Apply.)


  • Control Panel
  • (System and Security) System
  • Advanced system settings (on the left side of the screen).
  • On “Advanced” tab:
    • “Performance” section – click Settings.
    • “Visual Effects” tab: Check “Custom.”
    • Disable only “animate/animation” options.
    • Apply. OK.


  • Open any folder you like (eg, My Computer)
  • In the Menu Bar above (if you can’t see it, press Alt – it will appear); Tools; Folder Options.
  • 3rd section: ‘Click Items as Follows’.
  • Select: ‘Double-click to open an item’
  • Apply. OK.


  • On Taskbar, right-click an empty area; choose “Properties.”
  • Click “Start Menu” tab.
  • Click “Customize.”
  • Scroll down and uncheck the “Open submenus when I pause on them with the mouse pointer” box.
  • Disable automatic submenu expansion in the Start Menu upon mouse hover in Windows 7
  • OK.

OK, I hope these cover most of the annoying issues of this type without the dangerous mucking about in the registry. Whatever possessed Microsoft to give such a feature that is so difficult to get rid of? So many people hate it that it makes you wonder if Microsoft uses their own operating system, or if they are sadistic or flat-out misanthropic.


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