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In OS X 10.6 dragging a file(or folder) over another folder in Finder at first highlights that folder and allows you to drop it into the folder as one would imagine. The problem arises after about a second when it then removes the option to drag it over the folder and opens a new finder window with the contents of that folder for you to drag the file into.

I personally find this feature very annoying and it often leads to me moving/copying files into a location I did not intend. I searched through com.apple.Finder for 'drag', 'drop', 'move', etc. with no luck.

Does anyone know if there is a way to turn this off?

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This option is called "spring loaded folders and windows". To disable it, go to Finder -> Preferences, then uncheck the box for this option, or drag the slider out to "long".

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On Mac OS X Catalina the option for this drag and drop behavior can be found under:

System PreferencesAccessibilityPointer ControlSpring-loaded delay.

Disabling the Spring-loaded delay does the trick.

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