I saw on this post that Unity has touch enabled drag handles. How do I turn them on so I can use them with a mouse?

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The Unity multitouch grab handles plugin ships with Unity. It is activated by a three finger press on a touch screen. You can toggle it by repeatably tapping three fingers on your touchscreen.

You can use it with a mouse by toggling the plugin on and off. To ensure the plugin is enabled, do the following:

  1. Start the CompizConfig Setting Manager: Press Alt + F2 to open the run dialog, type ccsm, and press Enter (if that doesn't work, you probably need to install the package compizconfig-settings-manager first).

  2. The grab handle plugin will only work correctly, if the Png plugin is enabled, so scroll down to the Image Loading section and make sure Png is ticked:

    (source: xrmb2.net)

  3. Now scroll further down to the Uncategorized section and tick the Unity MT Grab Handles plugin:

    (source: xrmb2.net)

  4. By default, there is no shortcut defined to initiate the handles, so click on the Unity MT Grab Handles button to configure the shortcut (and also the fade duration, if you like):

    (source: xrmb2.net)

  5. Next to Toggle Handles click on the Disabled button and tick the Enable checkbox:

    (source: xrmb2.net)

  6. Now click on Grab key combination and press the desired shortcut:

    (source: xrmb2.net)

  7. Confirm and close the CompizConfig Setting Manager. Now you should see the handles like in the picture in the question when using the shortcut you just defined.

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    I thought three-finger-tap was equivalent to middle click, which is paste? What happens if I have something in my clipboard and I three-finger-tap a window? Will it paste or will drag handles appear? or both? or neither? :D
    – popey
    Mar 24, 2011 at 17:16
  • it will do the drag handles right now (i think thats how utouch works) Mar 24, 2011 at 17:22
  • @popey The middle click was moved to a 5 finger tap, as it turns out.
    – Didi Kohen
    Dec 10, 2012 at 14:37

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