Fixing Cocoa Text Dragging 

Like a number of Mac users, I’ve found dragging text in a Cocoa application frustrating — unlike the original Mac technique of just clicking and dragging selected text, you have to wait some time period. Luckily, you can set this delay to 1 ms with the Terminal command

defaults write -g NSDragAndDropTextDelay -int 1

Thanks to MacGeekery for the tip! (They have more details on setting it for all users.)

Some people complain that this makes it harder to change the selection, but you can click once to deselect if needed. And you don’t accidentally lose the selection by dragging too quickly. 

Posted: Thu - November 17, 2005 at 10:28 AM