Comments:Touchpad: I have set mine to be disabled while typing, too, but I still found it interfering. I ended up just turning it off completely since I prefer a mouse anyway (much better control and less interruptive). It was a little scary, though, that this setting cannot be changed from the keyboard alone. What would be nice here would be a setting that automatically disables the touchpad while a mouse is plugged in like there exists in some drivers on Windoze. Anyway, that's for another thread or feature request. Text-Drag-and-Drop:
- Convenience for searches: I don't mind ^-c ^-v because it gives precise control and can't fire by accident, but for someone who wants something quicker or mouse/tp-only I would recommend my favourite search method in FireFox (also working in other browsers nowadays, I think): After highlighting the text which you want to search, just opposite-click on it (that's "right-click" for most people) and choose Search Startpage (or Google or whatever you have currently set) for "[your selection]" from the context menu. I think that's quicker and less accident prone than drag-dropping text.
- Killing the Monster: Well, if playing with sensitivity is our only option, I will have to fiddle with that. Unfortunately, in my experience, sensitivity thresholds can not always be set high enough to really eliminate a problem (touchpad sensitivities being an example), and - quite frankly - after countless years of suffering agonies from this so-called "feature" it would give me great satisfaction to actually disable, kill, expunge, slay, slaughter, EXTERMINATE (imagine Dalek voice here) this vile text-drag-and-drop beast.
As far as setting the sensitivity to higher tolerance (i.e. increase the threshold
) is concerned, I just found that the regular System Settings control panel (if I may call it that on a Linux forum) allows you to do that: Mint Menu --> System Settings --> Mouse and Touchpad
(under Hardware) -- No installation of dconf-editor necessary.
There are two threshold settings there (in the Mouse tab, but the touchpad thankfully adopts the same threshold settings): one for "Cinnamon" with an upper limit of 200, and one for "GTK" with an upper limit of 400 (the default for both was 8, I think). So far, I see only the GTK setting affecting applications (Nemo, FireFox, and gedit). Too bad that Nemo and text editing applications depend on the same setting. I just now ended up setting the GTK value to 300
as a compromise between pleeeease-never-do-this-with-text and yes-please-let-me-drag-files-and-folders-in-Nemo. BTW, typing the value in didn't seem to have an immediate effect, but using the + and - buttons did. Could be a fluke, though.This will probably improve things a lot.
At least in Cinnamon-Mint 17. I still would prefer an ability to totally disable this feature whenever text is concerned. ______
Dirkoir, who wishes he could also find a setting to keep his few-months-old and already failing mouse's bounce (mouse-up) from firing as a second mouse click.