3 Replies Latest reply: Feb 24, 2013 9:35 AM by CT
frustratedmac user Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

why can't I click and drag...

 

I can not click and drag to highlight text, move window, or increasw or decrease size of window


MacBook Pro (17-inch Mid 2009), Mac OS X (10.7.5)
  • CT Level 6 Level 6 (17,365 points)

    Consider: 

     

    Taking your mac in to a repair place to see if the trackpad is broken (or the battery is swollen).

     

    The possibility of a third party software conflict:  Does this still happen for a different user, e.g., Guest user?  Does this still happen after Starting up in Safe Mode?

  • frustratedmac user Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks CT, but when I switched users, I lost complete use of the touchpad. once I figured out the keyboard shortcuts for restarting in safe mode I was able to swithch back from guest user. Although the touch pad now works, I still cannot click and drag.

     

    What would cause the battery to swell?

  • CT Level 6 Level 6 (17,365 points)

    Old or defective batteries have been known to swell and interfere with the trackpad.  I forgot to ask:  What happens if you plug a regular old mouse in?