A touch-sensitive device for controlling a pointer on a computer's screen. It is similar to a mouse, but translates the motion of a user's finger to a relative position on a screen.

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Why don't older Macbooks support multi-touch?

Why don't older Macbooks (Macbooks with a physical button on them, I think up until 2008) support multi-touch when upgraded to an operating system that supports it? They are able to distinguish two ...
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Can I disable the trackpad on a MacBook Pro?

I have a mid-2007 MacBook Pro, the one with the trackpad that had the physical button on along the bottom edge. The trackpad is not well and using it can cause it to stick and freak out OS X. Is ...
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Can an Apple Track Pad and Magic Mouse be used at the same time?

I have a New 2011 iMac which came with the magic Mouse, I would like the option of having a trackpad as well for multi-touch gestures and scrolling up and down etc, but would also like the mouse for ...
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Cursor selection behavior

When clicking something on the Mac screen, the cursor will a) take up residence as directed, If I click again, it will b) select the whole word, If I click again, it will c) select the whole ...
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trackpad stops working on 2009 Macbook Pro

The trackpad on my wife's 17" Macbook Pro seems to be failing. She'll be in the middle of working when suddenly it will stop responding to input. Both the tracking (i.e. mouse movement) and button ...
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What trackpad gestures does Safari support?

Which trackpad gestures does Safari support, and what do those gestures do?
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Mac collected from customer support, some settings have been reset

Yesterday I collected my Macbook Pro from an authorized Apple Service Center, where they replaced some hardware components (logic board and battery-trackpad-keyboard block). The SSD drive has not ...
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Does the two-fingered secondary click not work in Windows8.1/Bootcamp?

I just setup a Windows 8.1 installation on my 2012 MacBook Air using Bootcamp (5.1.5640). I've noticed that the two-fingered secondary click doesn't appear to work even when configured via the ...
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Switch wireless keyboard/trackpad while using iMac as external monitor

I have an iMac with a pair of wireless keyboard/trackpad and another Macbook Pro (MBP). I just got a thunderbolt cable and try to use iMac as an external monitor for the MBP. However, one problem is ...
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Is there a Quick switch for trackpad mouse pointer MBA 10.9.1

Here is the situation. When working inside the current mouse pointer is fine on my MBA 10.9.1. However, when I decide to use my MBA outside in the Sun, I can't see my mouse pointer very well. Is ...
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Hot corners for mouse only

When I work with a mouse I want to use hot corners. When I work with the Trackpad, I don't. Is there an option for this? The hot corners should only work if I used my mouse to activate it. I'm not ...
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How to prevent accidental deletion or move of folders/files in Mac?

I have recently got a new Mac and keep accidentally moving folders around when using the trackpad and have managed to delete a couple folders as I am not used to this whole trackpad business. Is there ...
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Macbook Air OS X 10.8.4 Trackpad Pinch Zoom not working in Firefox 23.0.1

I recently updated my OS X to 10.8.4 and updated Firefox to 23.0.1 Now the pinch zoom feature on my trackpad does not work. It works fine in Safari. Will appreciate any suggestions to solve this ...
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Trackpad gets stuck in select mode

I'm experiencing the problems described here, basically the trackpad has spurts of spurious input, but the problems are fairly intermittent. I've kept the system usable by deactivating many ...
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Tap to click keeps disabling

Recently the tap to click on my trackpad will disable itself after a restart and I have to go into System Preferences to enable it. Has anyone experienced this and know of a solution? I'm running ...
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Two finger left and right swipe on trackpad does not work under Lion

On one user account on one of my family macbook air machines (all with the latest version of Lion) the two finger trackpad swipe left and right to switch back and forth (e.g. between pages in safari) ...
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How to add custom mouse-click actions to Safari with modifier keys?

In Safari, when you Ctrl-click on an image in any web page, a menu comes up with several options. I'd like to be able to do a single trackpad click with a modifier key (option or command, for ...
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Why is my Magic TrackPad losing functionality after Fast User Switching several times?

Basically, after using Fast User Switching to go back and forth between my wife's login and my own, we begin to experience loss of capactive touch functions on the Magic TrackPad. This occurred on ...
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Reassign Trackpad Gestures?

The current behavior for an upward four-finger swipe on the trackpad is to move all Windows to the side and display your desktop. I personally have no use for this since I keep absolutely nothing on ...
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How to use (magic) trackpad scrolling to scroll only one page up/down with Preview?

When I view pdf file with Preview, I can use wheel click mouse to scroll one page up/down. How can I do the same thing with trackpad? Using two finger scroll gives me two much scroll. I need to scroll ...
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Frequent Mouse-Down Errors

I'm experiencing frequent mouse-down errors. They say Windowserver: Warning: Program "xxxx" posted a mouse-down, blocking hardware events, but did no further mouse activity with various apps in ...
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Switching “TrackpadMomentumScroll” on and of using a script

I'd like to switch the accessibility preference "Scroll with inertia" on and off for a Magic trackpad. The preference can be found in the accessibility preferences/Mouse and Trackpad/Trackpad ...
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Physical keyboard & trackpad stop working on dis/connect of external thunderbolt display

I have a Macbook Pro (Retina, 13", Late 2013) running Lion 10.9.4, that I use with an external thunderbolt display, a bluetooth trackpad, and a USB keyboard -- both of which are connected through the ...
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Macbook 2010 with OS X 10.9 - “Dangling Thumbs” issue while typing

I have a problem suddenly finding myself typing in a completely different part of a document. I'd like to see an option to disable the trackpad while typing, for a user-selected number of ms after a ...
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Cursor jumps around on Macbook Pro mid-2010, without trackpad installed

to solve my erratic cursor on my mid-2010 MacBook Pro, I brought my computer to the local apple store and had the trackpad completely uninstalled. Does anybody know what it means for the trackpad to ...
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Double tap -> drag and drop stopped working in Chrome when using Logitech mouse

OSX 10.9.4 Chrome Canary: Version 38.0.2086.3 canary (64-bit) Chrome Stable: Version 35.0.1916.153 Trackpad, magic trackpad work as they should. In Chrome I can double tap on text and ...
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Not able to Click with the Trackpad

I have a Macbook Late 2010, though it may not be in the best state, but it has been working. Yesterday suddenly the Trackpad just failed to click, I can do other gestures that is I can move the mouse ...
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Is it possible to switch off the trackpad in OS X with a keyboard shortcut

I'm using OS X almost entirely using the keyboard, and it helps to have the trackpad disabled most of the time. But I'd also like to be able to enable it every so often for individual tasks - is it ...
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Keyboard, track pad and USB port stopped working

Suddenly on my MacBook Air 11,6” A1370 2011 model the keyboard, track pad and right USB slot stopped working. Tried resetting NVRAM / PRAM and SMC – no effect. The keyboard just do not work during the ...
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Macbook Pro Retina 13" Touchpad not responsive

I've got a Macbook Pro Retina 13" with Mavericks installed and the Touchpad is not responsive and sometimes I have to click up to ten times before it will recognize my click. I removed the ...
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Three-finger trackpad gesture on Mission Control and Expose not working in my Mac Pro

The trackpad gesture to call Mission Control or Expose with three-fingers does sometimes not work for some reasons. It works when I use four-fingers, and it functions as usual whenever I open my ...
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Retina 13" Macbook Pro has jumpy trackpad when used in clamshell mode

I've verified this behavior on two separate machines. Both are late 2013 MBP13s running Mavericks. When the computer is used in clamshell mode (with an external magic trackpad), it randomly registers ...
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Disabling the trackpad from the command line

How can I disable the trackpad (without restarting my computer) from the command-line on OS X Mavericks?
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Rightmost strip of trackpad unresponsive in Mavericks

I updated to Mavericks last week on my MBP, and now the rightmost half-inch or so of my trackpad is semi-unresponsive. For instance, if I start at the far right edge of the pad and swipe toward the ...
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Magic trackpad keeps returning to 'Slow' in tracking speed

Apple's trackpad keeps returning to Slow as it's tracking speed. I have tried everything to correct this problem. What could be causing this behaviour?
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How do I enable “native” scrolling for Emacs?

I have two MacBooks running Emacs (both 24.3). On one of them, I get same smooth, native scrolling like I do in Chrome, Finder, or whatever, but not on the other one. To make it work a bit better, I ...
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How to keep MacBooks keyboard and trackpad functionality when using Windows on Bootcamp?

Before installing Windows 7, I used to work with Mac OS X on my MacBook Pro. After the installation I noticed that the functionality of the keyboard and trackpad changed. I really want to keep using ...
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Two-fingered right click on iBook G4 OS X Tiger PPC

I have a PPC iBook G4 and really would like to be able to have the two-fingered click to secondary-click functionality. I did a lot of googling, but nothing really came up, mostly stuff for other ...
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osx 10.8 horizontal scrolling in application using trackpad

In some OSX applications I can only vertical scroll, how can I horizontal scroll? is there an app? Hot Key? I can manually scroll left and right using the scroll bar but I want to do this with the ...
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Macbook | Mouse and Trackpad Options

Is there a way to set the options for scrolling in the following way : Use this option when the trackpad is used for scrolling and navigation | Keep this option checked. "Move Content in the ...
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How do I disable Swipe Between Pages on Safari

I am trying to find how to enable and disable the Swipe between pages gesture via the defaults command either system wide or just for Safari. I can't do it manually as we will need to do this on ...
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Trackpad, mouse will not click. Command+Tab switcher is invisible

I've had this issue come up about four times now on my 15" retina Macbook Pro, running Mac OS X 10.8.4. The trackpad will no longer click — neither right nor left click works. Regardless of whether I ...
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Trackpad gesture that minimizes all windows?

This has been driving me nuts for close to a year. I hope someone can tell me what triggers it. I've searched many times over several months and have never found any mention of it. I use an MBP ...
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Can the Chinese trackpad handwriting input method be used with a graphics tablet?

On Macs with a multitouch trackpad, I'm told that from the Input Sources options you can select the option to draw Chinese and Japanese characters. I have a Mac Mini, and a Wacom multitouch graphics ...
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How to right-drag using trackpad only, for Windows on MacBook

Is there ANY way -- either from Apple or via third party utility software -- to enable the built-in TrackPad on a MacBook Pro laptop to do a real "right-click drag" function? Note I'm asking for ...
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Sudden failure of trackpad to function without 'tap to click' set

This is an odd problem to have. I use 'tap to click' usually. This continues to work as it always had. I went to install Mountain Lion, fresh install. This meant I needed to be in the Recovery Mode. ...
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Why does my cursor on Mac OS X get “stuck” sometimes?

In Mac OS X, sometimes when the cursor should change to a text cursor or hand cursor, it is still displayed as an arrow cursor. This gets annoying sometimes because although it still works, it makes ...
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iMac 10.6.8 pointing fail with Bluetooth enabled

10.6 Aluminum iMac w/wireless keyboard and trackpad. Working fine long-term, no recent change to the h/w or system software. All of a sudden pointing started operating as if permanently in ...
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Mouse sticks only when dropping with drag and drop.

I'm having a problem with dragging and dropping on my Mac. The icon is picked up, but it doesn't let go most of the time; it's almost as though I've still got the button down. Please note: this only ...
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Why doesn't trackpad work in Preview or TextEdit?

I open a PDF document. It's a document I've created. I have my trackpad set on "tap to click" from the trackpad system preferences. Right now the tap with one finger doesn't work when I have the ...