How to proc Crystallized Flame?

I’m developing a reputation for asking noob questions like this — lol. I have this cast linked to my 3 key, but am a bit confused as to exactly how to cast it. Do I click 3 and then MB1? Sometimes when I try to use it, I just get the green target but no ability to actually cast. Is there a setting where it will automatically cast on the target?

By default it does precise targeting where you need to activate the ability, then place the effect.

Hold the Ctrl key down while activating the ability to auto place it at your target’s feet. There’s also a setting in the interface options menu, (combat tab, under targetting) to reverse this behaviour, so you would press Ctrl when you want the extra precision, or when the game derps at placing things by default.