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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How can I enable Trackpad tap-to-click for the login window in OS X 10.8?

In older OS X versions, this used to work just fine: defaults write /Library/Preferences/.GlobalPreferences com.apple.mouse.tapBehavior -int 1 It would enable tap to click for built-in MacBook ...
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Macbook Pro with Lion: scrolling via trackpad vs. mouse

So the default scrolling behavior for the trackpad in Lion is to scroll in the direction of your finger movement similar to the iPad. This can be changed in the trackpad preferences by un-checking ...
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Fix Mavericks vertical scrolling lock? (jerky scrolling, accidental safari back)

After installing Mavericks over Mountain Lion, my vertical scrolling is wiggly (jerky) on rMBP. Similar as in iOS, when scrolling with two fingers on touchpad down or up, a smooth motion "locks" the ...
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OSX Mavericks horizontal scrolling doesn't work well in Finder?

I've noticed since updating to Mavericks last week (though this is a new Macbook, and I've been on Snow Leopard forever so not sure if this is 10.9 or 10.8 or what....) that horizontal scrolling in ...
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How to properly use drag and drop with MacBook Pro on OS X 10.7?

It seems extremely hard to be able to drag and drop files between two finder windows with a single move on the trackpad - as soon you reach the end of the trackpad you'll drop the files,… in the wrong ...
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Disable mouse acceleration

Is there any way to disable mouse acceleration on a mac? Mouse acceleration is what causes the mouse to move slowly when moving it a tiny bit, and a farther distance when moved fast. In other words, ...
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How can I set a different scrolling direction for mouse and trackpad in Lion?

I want to give the new scrolling behavior in Lion a try (both on the built-in as well as on the magic trackpad). But on my Mouse (a Logitech Anywhere MX), I don't want reverse scrolling. In ...
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How well does the Apple Magic Trackpad perform as a mouse replacement?

I'm planning to replace my mouse entirely with the Apple Magic Trackpad on my desktop Mac. My work involves lots of typing (both code and prose). I also use Aperture quite a bit for processing photos. ...
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Disable scroll-induced antialiasing in Preview and other PDF applications

Scrolling (with two fingers on the trackpad) in Preview.app (and TeXShop.app) annoyingly blurs PDF text and I would like to disable the over-compensating anti-aliasing. I like the anti-aliasing while ...
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Mouse cursor jittery when hover state on browsers in OS X Lion

I recently upgraded to OS X Lion from Snow Leopard. One bug I've found is that in browsers (Firefox, Safari, Chrome, Opera), when you hover over any link, the cursor doesn't only change, it jitters ...
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Secondary click in Lion with two fingers OR bottom-right corner click

I just did a clean install of Lion on my 2010 MBP. It seems as though in the system preferences for the built-in trackpad, I have the option of setting the secondary click gesture to "Click or tap ...
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Can I simulate multi-touch input on a Mac?

With iOS's accessibility features, it is possible to pretend the user is using multiple fingers or making certain gestures while in reality they are only using one finger. Is there any way I can ...
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What application can record a cursor location and multi-touch input heatmap?

Are there any applications out there that can record mouse interaction, and save a standard image1 that adequately conveys the exact situation that using the mouse created? Due to the proliferation ...
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How can I disable the trackpad when my mouse is plugged in on Lion?

For the last few hours my trackpad has been behaving terribly, jumping all over the place and sticking. I believe I remember there being an option to disable the trackpad when a mouse is plugged in in ...
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Triple finger tap for middle click?

I can single tap my trackpad for a left click, and tap it with two fingers for a right click. Is there any way to bind a three finger tap to perform a middle click? I tried MagicPrefs, but it's ...
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How to fix a Macbook Pro trackpad where the mouse pointer is randomly moving?

The trackpad on my Macbook Pro just started acting oddly. It's randomly clicking (which might cause me to switch programs), right-clicking and even once my screen even showed the swiping animation as ...
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Trackpad (+ spotlight) semi-unresponsive, Mavericks on a 2010 MBP

Ever since I upgraded my 2010 Macbook Pro from Mountain Lion to Mavericks, an issue has been occuring at seemingly random moments. Without warning, my trackpad will no longer allow me to click or use ...
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How to disable three-finger tap word lookup?

Just upgraded to Mac OS X Mountain Lion, and I'm loving it so far. One thing I don't care for though is that now, three-finger tapping links—or anything, for that matter—brings up popups with the ...
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Why are there two different sleep states on a MacBook?

It seems that there are two different sleep states on my MacBook: Sleep State 1: Invoked by: closing the lid or by the sleep timer. Awaken by: touching the trackpad, clicking the trackpad, pressing ...
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Importing the Wordpress codex as a dictionary into the dictionary app

I'm an avid Wordpress developer, and I'm constantly referring to the Wordpress Codex to look up various functions. I recently got a new 2013 MBP, and I just found the glorious "three finger tap to ...
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How do I clean behind the trackpad on a late 2010 MacBook Pro?

Lately I've noticed the trackpad on my MacBook Pro has been getting stuck from time to time and generally isn't as clicky as it used to be. It feels to me like there's something stuck behind the ...
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How to enable Three Finger Drag from command line

I'm trying to write a shell script that will automatically set the trackpad to use the three-finger-drag option that you can find in the system preferences. I've tried a number of different things, ...
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rMBP - Keyboard + trackpad unresponsive at random, reboot fixes

I've had this issue twice today and is troubling me a bit. As the title already summaries; without notice, the keyboard and trackpad seem to get unresponsive. The system is actually still running ...
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Trackpad Gestures - Three-finger swipe unresponsive until I use two-finger scroll (OS X Lion)

Sometime within the last week or so, I noticed this really weird glitch with my trackpad. I have always used the three-finger swipe to navigate forwards and backwards on web browsers, between tabs in ...
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How can I unstick my trackpad button?

The trackpad button on my 2007 Macbook Pro seems to be sticking. Specifically, it's stuck in the "down" position, which means I'm selecting pretty much everything all the time (you wouldn't believe ...
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Has Mountain Lion broken the ability to show Desktop with a gesture, begin dragging an icon, and unshow the Desktop?

I have just upgraded from Snow Leopard to Mountain Lion. Despite my initial concerns relating to the new gestures, I am actually getting on pretty well and many of the new features are welcome. I do ...
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Degeneration of Macbook Pro trackpad performacne / janky cursor movement

I have Macbook Pro 2009 model. I have been travelling with it in tropics and slowly trackpad performance has gotten worse and worse, to the point it is almost unusable. The symptoms Mouse pointer ...
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How can I set the double-click speed in Lion with a multi-touch trackpad?

In Snow Leopard and earlier (or perhaps the difference was with the hardware; I don't know which as I updated my computer and OS simultaneously), there was a preference under Trackpad to change the ...
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Toggle between applications via four finger gesture?

Currently, if you enable it, the four finger gesture popups a window that shows you the apps you can switch to, You can then select one of them using the mouse. Is there any way to modify this ...
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Alter inertia scrolling behaviour in Mountain Lion

I like how with inertia scrolling you can swipe harder to scroll further down the page, but what I don't like is how the scrolling speeds up quite a bit as you scroll. This was not the behavior in ...
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What's the difference between one finger dragging and drag lock?

If I go into Settings > Trackpad and enable Tap to click, I can enable the settings Dragging and Drag Lock. What is the difference between these two settings? It appears that they are doing the same ...
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How can I use Lion's “look up” feature without the trackpad?

Lion introduced the new "Double-tap with three fingers" to Look up, which pops up a small definition of whatever word you double-tap. Is there any way to invoke look up without the trackpad? For ...
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Make Solid-state scrolling trackpad behave like Multi-Touch trackpad

I am using an early 2009 MacBook. Is there any way or any APP that can make Solid-state scrolling trackpad on my MacBook behave like Multi-Touch trackpad Solid-state scrolling trackpad supports ...
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Intermittently unresponsive keyboard and trackpad on Macbook Air

Especially since the 10.8.3 update, I've been experiencing occasional freezes of my 2012 Macbook Air's trackpad and keyboard. The trackpad will be completely unresponsive, and usually only a few ...
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Can water seep into my laptop through the sides of the trackpad?

If I use the my laptop while my hands are (very) wet, will the water get into the insides of the computer through the gaps at the side of the trackpad?
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Can the macbook air trackpad play nice with the iOS simulator?

Does anyone knows if (and how) I can get my MacBook Air trackpad to feel more natural when used with the iOS simulator ? It should be easier to use the iOS simulator with the trackpad - but it's not, ...
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How to disable the MacBook trackpad click but keep the tap enabled?

I have a 3-year-old Mac and either the battery or something else is broken (does not matter because it's not worth fixing) and due to this the trackpad keeps getting stuck. Now my question is: can I ...
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Moving files in Finder with drag and drop opens a new window

I'm trying to move files around in Finder by using my trackpad to drag and drop files. The problem is that I'm using tap to click with dragging enabled. So, when I decide to drop the files onto a ...
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MacBook Pro touchpad not clicking? (Hardware issue?)

My hands were a little wet when I touched the touchpad on my MacBook Pro 15". I think that a little water went into the cracks, or the tiny space around touchpad. The "click" mechanism stopped working ...
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Mouse pointer intermittently jumps to corner of screen

I recently got two new Macs, an iMac (with magic trackpad) and a MacbookAir (both the most recent models - mid 2011 and both with Lion). They are both suffering from the same issue so I don't think ...
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How can I get my trackpad settings to work on the login screen?

I enabled the System Preferences > Trackpad > Tap to Click which causes it to work while I am logged in. However, in the login screen, it does not work. How can I get this setting enabled in the login ...
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Bluetooth corruption on 2013 Macbook Pro

I have an Early 2013 Macbook Pro. OS Version is 10.9. I'm using a trackpad connected to the bluetooth. All of the sudden, and at random times, my trackpad will lose its connection and will not ...
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How can I scroll to the top/bottom of web page with a three finger gesture?

I'd like to use a three finger swipe to scroll to the top or bottom of a web page. Is there a way to make that work?
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Keyboard and Trackpad stop working on brand new Macbook Pro with Mavericks?

I just got a brand new Macbook Pro (2.4 GHz Intel Core i5) with OS X 10.9 Mavericks preinstalled. It's working great and I love the retina screen, but I've had a recurring issue daily where the ...
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OSX 10.9 - Two finger click for middle click?

I just got a new macbook (OSX 10.9), I used one previously (also recent OSX version) where I had 2-finger click to act as a middle click in firefox (open new tab, close tab, etc). I also had right ...
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How do I get three finger gestures working again in Twitter for Mac after installing Lion?

After installing Lion, three finger gestures no longer work in the Twitter for Mac app. (I've gotten used to swiping left with three fingers to go "back" after—for example—clicking on a person's ...
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Unflip mouse buttons in Microsoft RDC client

I have used an older version of Microsoft RDC client on an old MBP with mouse on the left side of the keyboard. I had flipped the left and right mouse buttons of the mouse in preferences, which made ...
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Secondary click and primary click at the same time?

Is it possible to do this without owning an external mouse or having the latest multi-touch trackpads? I need to do this for games originally made for windows, but either run through wine or ported ...
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MBP Keys 'stick' when it gets hot

Short Question Why do the keys 'stiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiick' when my MBP gets hot? More importantly, how can I fix it? Background It is not any one key that sticks, I have had darn near ...
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Macbook pro trackpad stops working after plugging in USB mouse in Windows 7 under bootcamp

We have a new Macbook Pro which we've installed Windows 7 under boot camp. We've also installed the drivers off the OSX CD. When I plugged in a USB mouse the Trackpad stops working, which is fine ...