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I'm new to Mac and Xcode. I realize there's always a significant delay when I click the trackpad and when Mac responds to my action, around 300-500 ms or so, which is very annoying for me. I'm using a new MacBook Pro with plenty of memory and processing power.

Is it a "feature" of Mac? How can I turn if off?

EDIT: OK, I think it has something to do with the "tap to click" feature which I'm currently using. If I press to click, there's no such delay. Anyone has any idea how to fix then?

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Not a programming question... –  soandos May 16 '11 at 10:42
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I've heard some good things about Better Touch Tool. This may have an option that you can configure. I believe it's now available through the Mac App Store. –  boehj May 16 '11 at 13:28

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  1. Goto System Preferences > Trackpad
  2. Change the Tracking Speed, Double-Click speed and scrolling speed as necessary.
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I think that's the speed that you need to click at in order for it to register. –  boehj May 16 '11 at 13:30

Do you have trackpad dragging enabled? If so, it has to wait a moment after you tap in case you tap again and turn the action into a drag -- until then, it can't tell if you want to just click, or click-hold-drag. The only way to eliminate this delay is to turn off trackpad dragging, so there's no ambiguity about what it should do when you tap.

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yes, that's the reason of why it's being slow. But is there anyway to improve? Is there a tweak somewhere to decrease the dragging wait time? I like this feature and don't want to move things around using more than 1 fingers! As far as I remember, it did not behave like this on a PC laptop.. –  pckben May 18 '11 at 8:28

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