Clicking and dragging something from a webpage is easy from a PC. For example, the bar in the screenshot below can be dragged by holding the left mouse button and moving the mouse simultaneously:


My attempts for doing the same in chrome in android:

  • I tried to move it by dragging but the page moves when I do it.
  • When I hold over it for some time, a nearby text gets selected and I'm presented with the options to copy, cut , paste etc the selected text.
  • Tried to attempt both ways from the stock android browser to see if was a problem in chrome, but failed again.

So, How do I do it in chrome in android?

I'm using chrome 44.0.2403.128 with android 4.4.2

  • Can you provide a sample page? Aug 1, 2015 at 12:58
  • Sample page: Ask a question or the bar at the bottom of the answer box in this page.
    – Spikatrix
    Aug 1, 2015 at 13:15
  • Does it work in Firefox Mobile? Aug 6, 2015 at 15:40
  • Its just a text area (<textarea> html tag). It can be expanded using a mobile Chrome Browser too. But its just the way the text area is designed by SO that the resizing icons are interplaced with the draggable textarea. You can do that in the comment box too (which is also a text area) on the bottom right of the box. And its optional since you'll be having a scroll bar added to the textarea if content text inside it reaches the max height.
    – Lucky
    Aug 6, 2015 at 16:10
  • @unforgettableid I don't have firefox to test that
    – Spikatrix
    Aug 7, 2015 at 14:53

2 Answers 2


You can do it with just a mouse (or pen) on pages where it is supported. I tested it with a plain USB mouse on my Moto G running Android 4.4.4.

I resized area for post with bottom right striped triangle on "dotaz nebo sdělení" field with mouse. See this tested page.

Or you can pair an ordinary Bluetooth mouse with your device. Probably any modern Android device includes Bluetooth mouse support.

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    FYI The example is right here in the comments textarea. It will work here too. ;)
    – Lucky
    Aug 6, 2015 at 16:17
  • I tried to resize the bar in the screenshot in my question via a USB mouse connected by one of those 'USB to android cables' and it didn't work. The problem that happens when using the touchscreen happens when using the mouse too. :-(
    – Spikatrix
    Aug 25, 2015 at 14:42

On your slider's position, Double tap and hold on second tap. Then move your finger, you'll notice that you're replicating the left click drag from your pc on a touchscreen.

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    "On your slider's position," -- What? Slider? Where? And I tried the rest of the stuff you said in your answer but when moving my finger up, the page zooms out and when I move my finger down the page zooms in. And, Yes. I move my finger when holding on the second tap after double tapping.
    – Spikatrix
    Aug 7, 2015 at 14:57
  • In the red area you marked in your image, double tap on the dotted area
    – Anuj Batwe
    Aug 8, 2015 at 4:14
  • Doesn't work. The problem mentioned in my previous comment happens.
    – Spikatrix
    Aug 8, 2015 at 5:50
  • Could you provide the website address? I'll try it out and find out if it works
    – Anuj Batwe
    Aug 9, 2015 at 15:08
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    I don't understand what you're talking. Could you explain?
    – Spikatrix
    Aug 9, 2015 at 15:57

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