Especially in the Minecraft scene, the term drag clicking is widespread, but what exactly is behind it and how do you practice this clicking technique correctly? Here we give you every detail about drag clicking – what variations there are, how to drag click, how you can practice it, and what else you need to keep in mind.
What is Drag Clicking?
If you’ve only heard the term somewhere and don’t know exactly what it means, let’s define it first. Drag clicking is a method of clicking where you drag your fingers across your mouse buttons with some force.
You can drag both fingers or just a single finger across the left or right mouse button. This way, you create more clicks due to the friction between the surface of the mouse and your finger. This technique is supposed to maximize the CPS (clicks per second) of your mouse to click faster.
This friction occurs because of the vibrations emanating from the mouse button – the game registers this with more than one click.
When executed correctly, drag clicks can easily reach over 30 clicks per second. In Minecraft, for example, this tactic can be used to place multiple blocks at once. This can be very handy!
Advantages of the Drag Click
The advantages are obvious. You get more clicks in the game, which triggers different things depending on the situation. For example, let’s look at Minecraft again.
Imagine you’re building a big bridge. Without drag-clicking, you can only place blocks one at a time. With the technique, however, you can place several pieces at once. Especially for PVP, this offers enormous advantages, and you can also land more hits.
Another example of using drag-click would be FPS games where you put your weapon into single fire mode. Now when you shoot at an enemy, you can fire more bullets while minimizing the warping of the crosshairs. However, to get this perfect, you may need to practice drag clicking with the mouse, especially since your accuracy when aiming may suffer.
Disadvantages of the Drag Click
With all the praise, we also want to point out a few disadvantages of this clicking technique.
First, most manufacturers haven’t really designed mice for this purpose. That’s because drag clicks are bad for your mouse. Not only does it harm the switches, but it can also shorten the life of your mouse. If you don’t know how to drag click properly, or if you press the mouse too hard in the process, the mouse will eventually break.
Even if you have a good mouse for drag-abusing, this technique still carries some risk. Most of the time, a good quality mouse will last longer than a cheap one. But even the expensive options aren’t designed to do so.
In addition, drag-clicking can be considered cheating, depending on the game. In particular, some Minecraft servers don’t want PvP players to have any advantage over their opponents. Or they simply don’t want to risk someone using hacks and other tools to cheat, which can be mistaken for drag-clicking. So you can quickly run into problems with large servers.
Some don’t necessarily ban drag clicking, but they have a strict policy against automatic clicking. They block all players they think are doing something suspicious. And they can’t always distinguish between these two techniques. So choose your servers wisely and be careful.
How to Drag Click properly?
The technique is difficult to describe in words, so rather take a look at the following YouTube clip. Learning how to drag click is not as difficult as it may seem.
Of course, once you get the hang of it, it won’t necessarily make you a better player right away. Also, you’ll need some practice. However, once you master drag clicks, it can improve your performance in numerous different games. Not only that, but it could also help you complete some tedious tasks faster.
Although there are two different variants of drag clicking, let’s first briefly describe the essentials.
First of all, it’s important to understand that drag-clicking is more than just dragging your finger across the mouse buttons. As mentioned, your mouse model and the tape you use also play a role. But let’s take it one step at a time – how do you drag click?
- The first step is to make sure your mouse is clean. Check the surface for sweat and dust and remove that. After all, both can affect friction.
- Make sure your hands and fingers are dry so your fingers don’t slip. If your fingers get sweaty while gaming, you can put some tape on the button. Simply take a small piece of tape and apply the adhesive directly to your mouse button. Just pull the tape off a few times and stick it back on until a sticky area has formed.
- Now place your hand on the mouse as usual. Stabilize the mouse with your thumb and your ring- and little finger. The index and middle fingers go on the left and right buttons respectively.
- Now we move our wrist at an angle and press down on the desired mouse button. However, do not press too hard, otherwise the movement will not be effective. It is important to click smoothly and just let your finger slide towards the front part of the mouse.
Depending on how many CPS you want to achieve, you can use your entire finger for long drag clicks, or use only your fingertips for short drag clicks. Once you know how to make longer drag clicks, stopping at a certain point will come naturally.
These tips can help if you have trouble with drag clicks:
- Definitely try the duct tape trick if it doesn’t work right away.
- If you really want to know, you can also use special grip tape for gaming mice – this will increase the grip on the keys and improve the friction.
- Also, try different angles and try clicking with more or less force.
- If you are doing the drag click correctly, you should hear a sort of crunching sound from the mouse. You will also feel a slight vibration under your finger.
If it just doesn’t work, then your mouse is either not suitable for drag clicking, it’s too dirty, you’re not applying enough pressure, or your fingers aren’t clean.
Which Gaming Mice are good for Drag Clicking?
A gaming mouse with a rougher surface is ideal for drag clicking. They should create as much friction as possible when the finger glides over the mouse. The following models have proven to be the best candidates for this:
- ROCCAT ROC-11-730 Kone Pure Ultra
- ROCCAT Kone AIMO
- Razer Deathadder Elite
- ROCCAT Kain 200
- Redragon M711 Cobra
- Logitech G302
- Glorious Model D Lightweight
Now you know how to drag click. Drag clicking is a great way to increase your CPS and easier to learn than butterfly clicking or jitter clicking. If you do it right, you will notice an increase immediately. Even though the right drag clicking technique can be learned, make sure to choose a suitable mouse.