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Does a Magic Trackpad have a button, as opposed to just being a trackpad? I am not sure if this even makes sense, so let me know if I need to clarify.

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No need to clarify, that aspect of the trackpad is decidedly non-obvious until you start deliberately poking around to see what's going on. –  CajunLuke Aug 29 '11 at 17:46
    
@Cajun I was't sure if my question was clear. –  daviesgeek Aug 29 '11 at 18:29
    
This is certainly hidden magic, and I would bet heavily patented; when you see how this "simple device" was engineered. –  bmike Aug 29 '11 at 18:32

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Yes, it has two physical buttons on the edge lacking the battery tray. The two rubber feet on the bottom-front of the trackpad press against internal switches.

For these to activate, you have to use it on a hard surface. The software tap-to-click that senses your finger pad deforming as it taps the immovable glass surface also will trigger a tap independently from the physical buttons.

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It doesn't have a "button" in the traditional sense, but clicking is supported in two ways:

  1. Pressing down anywhere on the trackpad engages a click mechanism in the base.
  2. Lightly tapping on the trackpad registers a click.
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Yes. But sort of hidden. If you reach under the trackpad, the feet on the bottom front act as a single button when pressed.

If you justs press the entire trackpad down on a hard surface to activate these buttons on the bottom. But, if you are holding the trackpad in the air, squeezing one of the bottom feet directly will also work.

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