Knowing how to drag click seems to be one of the main things that separate amateur gamers from professionals.
It’s not impossible to master this technique. Also known as tap clicking or Fazer tap, it can be defined as a method of clicking the mouse, which involves dragging your finger across the left or right mouse button in a forceful manner.
The end result leads to the mouse registering a considerably larger number of mouse clicks than normal, giving you a competitive advantage in whatever relevant game you’re playing.
That being said, let us give you a full and detailed guide.
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What Is Drag Clicking And How Does It Work?
As we said, tap clicking is a trick used by gamers that involves forcefully dragging your finger across a mouse button in the downward direction to trick it into recording more clicks than usual.
Pro gamers can record as many as 32 clicks per second (CPS) using this finger glide technique. Those who drag click actually take full advantage of the friction between the mouse button and their skin as they swiftly move their finger across the surface.
It’s this friction that generates a slight vibration that is picked up by the mouse switch as multiple clicks, thereby registering more clicks than what is normally possible.
How To Drag Click?
The first thing you need to be aware of is that learning how to drag click requires a massive amount of effort and patience.
Don’t expect to be able to learn and master it in just a few days. You will need to practice it over a long period in order to be able to fully grasp it.
That being said, here’s how you can do it:
Clean your mouse
You might regularly wipe your mouse clean, but there’s a considerably high amount of dirt and sweat on your mouse that’s hard to remove with simple wipes.
You need to remove all this dirt and sweat so that your finger can take full advantage of the friction offered by the mouse surface.
Items needed to properly clean your mouse to pick up the drag clicking technique:
- Microfiber Cloth
- Alcohol Wipes
- Small Toothbrush (Soft)
The first thing to do is wipe your mouse with an alcohol wipe. Make sure to coat its entire surface with the liquid. You can start with the mouse button at the top and come down towards the end of the mouse’s surface.
Once you’ve done that, it’s time to bring the brush out and rub it along the surface of the mouse to remove all the grime, dust, and stains that have made your mouse their home. You can now wipe the mouse clean with a microfiber cloth.
Positioning and movement
Once you’re done cleaning your mouse, also make sure that your palm is clean. It is now time to get a proper grip on your mouse.
There’s no special grip needed so go with however you hold your mouse regularly.
For most of us, this means keeping the thumb on one side of the device and the pinky finger on the other.
This way, all three of the remaining fingers rest on the top of the mouse, giving you access to the left mouse button, the center scroll wheel and the right mouse button.
Next, you can start practicing sliding your finger from the base of the clicker towards the tip of the mouse to create the mouse drag.
The main thing to have in mind here is that you need to keep the force light and the movement steady. You will know you’ve succeeded when you hear several clicking sounds simultaneously.
Check if you’ve got it
Now that you know how to drag click you will obviously need an online tool to tell you whether you’re going in the right direction.
You can’t just get onto your Minecraft servers or any other game without knowing how good you are at it.
That’s exactly why there are tools out there that let you verify if your PC is registering a click. These online tools include RapidTables and Click Speeder.
They are simple to understand and basically display the number of clicks your mouse is registering each time you hit its mouse switches. These websites will show your exact CPS score.
Tips To Master Drag Clicking On Any Mouse
While achieving faster CPS is possible on all modern mice, you will need to make sure to have a suitable mouse if you wish to master the technique.
The first thing your mouse should have is a set of buttons that are part of the mouse’s body rather than being separate.
This allows the fluid movement of your fingers to be facilitated.
While any such mouse described above can help you practice, there are certain gaming mice that are designed for drag clicking and those are the ones you should go for if you wish to master the craft.
What Are The Benefits?
Drag clicks can give you serious benefits in certain games. As you might have guessed already, they can help you gain the upper hand in competitive games. And they can also allow you to speed things up in games like Minecraft.
Suppose you’re playing a first-person shooter like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. With a regular CPS of 6 to 8, you can only reach a certain level of mastery in the game.
But once you’ve learnt tap clicking, you can really up the ante against the opposing teams.
That’s because you can switch to burst mode and fire up to 30 bullets per second, thus startling the player in front of you.
In games like Minecraft too, where gamers are always looking for great castle ideas and barn ideas to build the ultimate structures, this technique can offer a serious advantage since it makes the entire process of building these big structures faster.
And if you’re a fan of Minecraft’s PvP mode, there’s no need to mention how much the higher CPS will come in handy during your gameplay.
What Are The Drawbacks?
It isn’t surprising that this technique can present a set of drawbacks. There are two main disadvantages that you must remember.
A mouse that goes through a high amount of dragging behavior tends to have a shorter lifespan. The high number of mouse button clicks reduces its life by a big margin.
You can get over this drawback, however, by opting for mice with optical switches that have much longer lifespans.
Another big disadvantage of the technique is that many consider it to be an unfair advantage in gaming.
For this very reason, certain Minecraft servers have banned the practice altogether. These include Hypixel, SaicoPVP, Mineplex, and others.
There have even been instances of the mouse technique being looked at as a hack, similar to an aimbot.
Something like this can get the player banned from the game completely, although, very few such instances have been reported.
Best Mouse To Use
As we said, the best mice for the purpose are the ones where the mouse button is not separate from the rest of the shell. Here are a few mouse options that are best for this technique.
Roccat ROC-11-730 Kone Pure Ultra
This device is known to be grippy, durable and dirt-resistant thanks to its hybrid anti-wear coating, which makes it an ideal gaming mouse for drag clicking.
It boasts of Roccat’s Owl-Eye sensor, which offers excellent pointer precision of a whopping 16,000dpi.
It’s extremely lightweight and ergonomic and comes with Roccat’s famed 2D Titan wheel for precise scrolling.
Glorious Model O
Referred to by its makers as the world’s lightest RGB gaming mouse, the Glorious Model O is built for speed, control, and comfort.
The Honeycomb Shell surface on its back serves two functions. One is to make this gaming mouse lighter and the other is to provide ample ventilation.
More importantly, its buttons are certified for 20 million clicks, which is a great advantage to have for someone who plans on using it to learn and practice.
Redragon M711 Cobra
Blessed with 5 adjustable DPI settings, the Redragon M711 Cobra has 9 buttons, 5 memory profiles, and a 16 million color backlight ‘breathing’ RGB LED set.
It’s a gaming mouse par brilliance and those who wish to learn to perform the drag click method can go for it with blindfolds on.
Roccat Kone AIMO
This one’s another great gaming mouse from Roccat that comes with the Owl-Eye optical sensor offering 16,000dpi support.
The Kone AIMO gaming mouse also comes with its own 32-bit processor and 512KB of memory for macro storage and execution.
How To Drag Click On MacBook?
You can drag click on MacBook devices; but it serves a completely different purpose here.
Since almost nobody uses the MacBook trackpad for gaming, the feature is meant to save you from forcefully clicking on your trackpad and to make it easier to move windows around your screen.
Here’s how you can do it.
Enable three-finger drag on MacBook
- Click the Apple icon on the desktop and select System Preferences.
- Enter the Accessibility section.
- On the sidebar, choose the Pointer Control option.
- In the Mouse and Trackpad tab, open Trackpad Options.
- In the window that pops up, make sure that Enable Dragging is selected, and then choose the Three Finger Drag option.
Once that’s done, you can take a test by moving your cursor toward the toolbar and gently tapping the trackpad using three fingers.
This will let you grab the window and move it as long as you’re dragging all the fingers at once. When you wish to release the window, just lift one finger from the trackpad.
How To Drag Click Without Tape?
In case you’re unaware, slapping tapes onto your mouse buttons can help you learn how to tap click a tad faster as it increases the grip of the surface.
Many people opt for electric tape, while some also purchase silicone grip tape like the one pictured just above, made by Razer.
But you must know that the techniques for the best drag clicking performance we’ve mentioned above are all applicable even if you don’t use any such tape.
As long as you have a mouse that meets the requirements we’ve mentioned, you should be good to go.
Is Drag Clicking Bad For The Mouse?
Yes, it is indeed bad for your mouse in the long term.
That’s because these devices aren’t made to be subjected to so many clicks per second.
After you master the technique and put it to use a lot, you will notice that the clicks on your mice start becoming less dependable after certain periods, requiring you to purchase new ones every now and then.
That’s all there is to know about the drag click technique. It’s a good advantage to have for any gamer. However, when you do master it, make sure that the game you plan to use it in allows its usage. As we’ve mentioned above, it’s a technique that’s not accepted in some gaming circles and can even get you banned in certain games.