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I wanted to see if my technical hiccup was experienced by others, as well as any obvious fix I am missing.

Perhaps 5-10 times per day, my external, bluetooth, apple magic trackpad will interpret a regular click as a two-finger click (ie a right-click.) I believe it is only when I click via the full "press down" method, it does not happen during a mere light-touch-to-click.

So you are using your trackpad, and you go to it to drag something, for instance, but you then find the darn contextual menu popping up on the thing instead! Agh!

I am guessing I may take it in for a regular exchange (ugh, it was bought on USA apple store online and I am in thailand now) ... but thought I would see how wide-spread or solvable it is.

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I have taken it to a dealer... after some days, they were apparently not able to replicate the problem. wonder if it is a hiccup with my laptop, my bluetooth universe, or something. we will see. –  estephan500 Jul 14 '11 at 6:52
    
Is the trackpad wet? I've had problems when there was some liquid on the trackpad and it interpreted my one-finger click as a two-finger click. –  user6124 Jul 24 '11 at 4:27
    
nope, not wet. going to OS X Lion didn't help this. yech, still happening. Annoying that I can't simply get it exchanged... just because the problem is very intermittent therefore can't replicate it for the technician. –  estephan500 Sep 26 '11 at 8:45
    
FINAL STORY ON WHAT HAPPENED: As I wrote above, the apple dealer in thailand didn't want to simply replace my trackpad. When I flew to the USA I took it with me and the apple store there immediately just said "let's just trade it in for a new one." (it was still under warrantee.) Result: problem totally disappeared. So it seems it was simply in the hardware. after all that... thanks much. –  estephan500 May 21 '12 at 8:21

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Do you have checked this in the SystemPreferences -> Trackpad? enter image description here

That's mean, than when you do a full-click on the right(left) bottom corner thats mean right-click. For the disable, simple uncheck.

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Your point (and screenshot) is excellent ... but in fact I have that checkbox off in my preferences! and it's not lower-right clicking. however, thanks, that was a good idea. –  estephan500 Jun 17 '11 at 1:51

I don't want to give up right clicking. But I have had the same problem. However I think it might be caused either by hitting too close to right click corner or one of my other fingers either accidentally touching the trackpad or perhaps being detectably close. Try clearly pointing with one finger and the others withdrawn. When doing this you seem to get a "regular click". Working for me - try it.

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nope... I don't have any "right click corners" because I don't have that chosen in the preferences. and I'm afraid this happens often even when fingers aren't wet, or "close to having mult. fingers touching, etc." I am wondering it is in fact when i do my perfectly legit drag gesture in a certain part of the trackpad. agg, it is annoying that I can't simply get an exchange on it just because it is very hard to replicate this very intermittent problem. –  estephan500 Sep 26 '11 at 8:45

I sometimes scroll on my Macbook when I meant to drag. In my case it's usually due to another finger touching the trackpad or palm pressure too close to it.

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I have the same problem... I can avoid it by arching my fingers and clicking with just the tips, but I find that unnatural and uncomfortable, since my fingers are not as flexible as they once were. I think the trackpad sees my single click as a double click because the fingers contact it over a larger surface, and the pressure applied by the flat finger is probably not even. It seems like something that the trackpad software should handle, but there is no way to adjust the sensitivity settings for clicks.

There is no fix other than changing the way your fingers move over the surface.

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