When you have to drag objects (windows, files, folders etc.) around in Windows, you have to click on these objects, hold the click and then move the mouse cursor to the location where you want to drop them. As soon as you release the click, the objects are also released in their new position. This maneuver requires you to hold the mouse left-button for a long time. These mouse buttons are usually make use of the micro push switches that employ a thin metallic strip for making the contacts. Keeping this metallic strip pressed for long times can result in the wear and tear of the mouse buttons sooner than the expected lifetime. Fortunately Windows has a feature called ClickLock that can help you perform the drag and move operations without you having to hold the mouse button clicks for long times.
This is how you can enable the ClickLock feature in Windows 8/8.1 :
- Press the hotkey Win+R to open the Run dialog. Type control main.cpl in the Run dialog and press Enter. This will open the Mouse Properties window. You can also access it from the Windows Control Panel.
- In the Mouse Properties window, check the checkbox labeled Turn on ClickLock and then click on the Apply button to save the settings.
- You can also adjust the ClickLock settings by clicking on the Settings button and change how long you have to press the mouse button or the trackball for locking the click.
Conclusion: ClickLock features allow you to lock the mouse button press state letting you drag and move objects in Windows without having to press the mouse buttons for a long time. This could also save your mouse buttons from the wear and tear caused by frequently long-pressing the buttons.