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Ever been clicking around in your Microsoft Word document and ended up dragging text to the wrong place? If so, disable dragging and dropping for text to prevent that. We’ll show you how to do that in Word.

In Word, there’s an option to turn off drag and drop for your text. When you enable it, you can’t move your text around by drag and drop. This helps you prevent accidentally moving any text around.

How to Disable Text Drag and Drop in Word

To enable that option, first, open Word on your Windows or Mac computer. If you see Word’s Start screen, skip to the second step below. If you see Word’s editing screen, then in the top-left corner, click “File.”

Click "File" in the top-left corner of Word.

In Word’s sidebar on the left, click “Options.”

Tip: If you don’t see “Options,” click “More” to see it.

Select "Options" from the left sidebar in Word.

Word will open a “Word Options” window. Here, in the left sidebar, click “Advanced.”

Select "Advanced" on the "Word Options" window in Word.

In the right pane of the “Word Options” window, you will see an “Editing Options” section. In this section, disable the “Allow text to be dragged and dropped” option.

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Then, at the bottom of the “Word Options” window, click “OK.”

Deactivate the "Allow text to be dragged and dropped" option on the "Word Options" window in Word.

And that’s it. Word will no longer allow you to move the text by drag and drop, preventing accidental changes in your documents.

If you ever need the feature back, then on the “Word Options” window, enable the “Allow text to be dragged and dropped” option.


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