Have you ever been proofreading a document that you wrote and discovered that an entire phrase, sentence, or paragraph seemed to be completely misplaced? While you might think that you were distracted or made some kind of inexplicable mistake, it’s more likely that you accidentally dragged and dropped that information in the wrong spot.
The drag and drop feature in Word 2013 is something that can be a problem for some people, so turning it off can be the right choice. Our guide below will help you to find this setting in the program so that you can turn it off and prevent these drag and drop issues from plaguing you in the future.
How to Disable Drag and Drop in Word 2013
The steps in this article are going to show you how to disable the setting in Word 2013 that allows you to move text around in your document by selecting it, then dragging it and dropping it. Once you complete the steps below, that functionality will be gone. If you discover later that you used drag and drop more than you thought, then you can always follow these steps again to turn it back on.
Step 1: Open Word 2013.
Step 2: Click the File tab at the top-left corner of the window.
Step 2: Click the Options button at the bottom of the column on the left side of the window.
Step 3: Click the Advanced tab at the left side of the Word Options window.
Step 4: Check the box to the left of Allow text to be dragged and dropped to clear the check mark. You can then click the OK button at the bottom of the window to save and apply your changes.
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