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For a Macbook Pro, I've set trackpad settings for Three Fingers to "Dragging":

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However the tracking speed is too slow, and often it's impossible to drag for a larger distance due to the size of the physical trackpad.

How do we increase the tracking speed beyond the maximum allowed?

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BetterTouchTool does that, and lets you add application specific gestures as well!

I don't think I could use a mac without it, at this point. I have my browser-tab-management and finder shortcuts mapped to multitouch gestures.

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It is under Basic Settings > Magic Mouse > Set mouse speed. It is amazing! –  phyatt Apr 29 at 5:55
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The value of the preference is stored in ~/Library/Preferences/.GlobalPreferences.plist and can be changed with something like defaults write -g com.apple.trackpad.scaling -float 5.0. The normal maximum value is currently 3.0. Applying the changes requires logging out and back in.

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Ordinary trackpad-dragging can be done in segments, the same way mouse-dragging can be done in limited space, by lifting & repositioning {the mouse; your fingers} and making another swipe. In your prefpane, enable one-finger click and drag, and you won't even need to press down.

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Mouse Curves is a preference pane that allows you to customize the tracking speed of the mouse and trackpad.

http://triq.net/mac/mouse-acceleration-preference-pane-mac-os-x

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If you turn inertial scrolling on, you can, once you've started a drag gesture, keep two fingers steady and flick with the other one to inertially "drag" the window around your screen(s).

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