How to Turn Off Drag and Drop Editing in Word 2011 for Mac

When you are working in Word and Excel on a computer with a touchpad or a sensitive mouse, it’s very easy to accidentally select words and move them around. This happens because of a feature in Word that allows you to select something in the document, then drag that selection to a different location.

While this feature is helpful when you mean to use it, it can be incredibly frustrating when it happens accidentally. If you find that you don’t use it at all, and that the drag and drop is only causing you grief, then it is possible to change a setting in Word 2011 to block that feature from occurring. Our guide below will show you how to make that change.

How to Disable Drag and Drop in Word 2011

The steps in this article were performed on the Word 2011 application for Mac computers. By disabling this option you are going to prevent the movement of selections in Word by dragging and dropping them.

Step 1: Open Word 2011.

Step 2: Click the Word tab at the top of the screen, then select the Preferences option.

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Step 3: Click the Edit button in the Authoring and Proofing Tools section of the menu.

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Step 4: Click the box to the left of Drag-and-drop text editing to remove the check mark. Click the OK button at the bottom of the menu to save and apply the changes.

how to turn off drag and drop in word 2011

Now that you know how to turn off drag and drop editing in Word 2011 for Mac, you can prevent the issues that this feature can cause for your documents.

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