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Click and Drag Press the physical button, then drag. While the button is depressed, you can reposition your "dragging" finger without letting go of what you're dragging. One-Finger Tap & Drag With Dragging enabled, tap the trackpad twice and start dragging on the second tap (instead of lifting your finger from the trackpad). There is a short delay ...


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Thankfully, you can still disable the trackpad in OS X Lion. Open System Preferences, click on Universal Access, select Mouse & Trackpad and click on Trackpad Options... at the bottom. Tick the checkbox "Ignore built-in trackpad when mouse or wireless trackpad is present".


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The trackpad getting stuck is also a well known symptom of a bulging battery in the MacBook Pros of this generation. I'm dealing with this issue myself and am very annoyed about it too, because this 2007 Santa Rosa MBP I paid for is essentially the most lemon computer I've ever owned (at least four other hardware failures besides this one).


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I've found the trackpad to be great for general purpose use (particularly the 3-finger swipe-to-drag gesture and the wonderful inertial scrolling) but I've found it too inaccurate for GUI development work. When I'm laying out screens for software development, or creating graphics for said software, it's too awkward to exactly position things with. I ...


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BetterTouchTool is the answer! You can get it from here. It helps you configure all gestures globally or for a specific application. It also includes some special gestures not embedded by default on Mac OS. With gestures, I can scroll through tabs, reload page, close tab, go up and down. It works for the macbook trackpad, the Magic Mouse and the magic ...


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There are really three, sort of, but they're not exactly as you described: Display sleep: The screen goes blank after a certain amount of time. You can wake up the screen by touching the trackpad or pressing a key. Sleep: In this state, the computer goes to sleep: the hard drive stops spinning and the CPU uses much less (almost no) power. This can be ...


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In Lion, the trackpad double-click speed slider and a few other trackpad options have been moved to: System Preferences > Universal Access > Mouse & Trackpad > Trackpad Options.


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Yep! You double-tap and lift off to select the word. Then double-tap the selected word and start dragging immediately keeping your finger down. It's actually kind of tricky to get to work without dragging the word but once you get it a couple of times it gets easier. Here's an explanation on how to do it also from macworld.com, same as above: To ...


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Not so sure about the Magic Mouse, but for the trackpad there are a number of options. jitouch looks very customisable, but costs. BetterTouchTool is free and also works on the Magic Mouse. It gives you a PrefPane that lets you assign loads of gestures with loads of actions, including opening Apps. I'm sure it has capability to close windows as well. ...


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Your trackpad is definitely dead. It needs a replacement. The dead line means that it is slowly dying. I have had these things. Probably your connector is getting old. But mine got burnt up because the hotel I was staying in did not have proper grounding in their mains supply. This meant that current was flowing from the metal parts and trackpad (it is ...


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Apple shows you how to create and add Custom Dictionaries to it's Dictionary Applications in the Dictionary Services Programming Guide It includes examples and a guide on the dictionary XHTML markup.


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This is a known issue, and a fix is coming. Symptoms Apple is aware of rare circumstances where the built-in keyboard and Multi-Touch trackpad may become unresponsive on 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display (Late 2013) computers and is working on an update to resolve this behavior. Resolution If you experience this issue, reset ...


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No Currently in Lion the preference for reverse scrolling sets the direction for both mice and trackpads. If you want to switch directions quickly you might look into Scrollreverser which puts the option in the menubar.


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The Magic Trackpad is very similar to the trackpad found on newer Apple MacBooks. It is suitable for most kinds of work. Though it is capable of completely replacing a mouse in function, it is much less adequate, and perhaps even irritating, to use with image editing programs such as Aperture. The wrist motion is in large the same.


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From this: For years, Mac OS X has had a great shortcut for getting a quick definition of a word: Simply hover the cursor over the word, and press the keyboard shortcut Command-Control-D to bring up a little Dictionary popup. This still works in Lion, but it’s now much more fully featured and also has a great new way to access it. Your looking for ...


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Actually it can only discern between one narrow touch moving and one wider touch. It's not tracking multiple points - just calculating the area of touch and the single general motion. Some other questions here might help explain this better: Are non-unibody MacBook Pros capable of Lion's 3 and 4 finger multi-touch gestures? MacBook multi-touch ...


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The best way to do this is with one of the more obscure settings in BetterTouchTool It works like this: A three fingered right swipe brings up the application switcher. Lift one finger to covert it into a two finger swipe and slide to whichever application you want. It becomes an incredible natural and fluid gesture The beauty of the gesture is that it ...


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As far as I know, there is no way to do this without external tools. Usb Overdrive lets you do this http://www.usboverdrive.com/ and is what I use. Steer mouse also has this setting. http://plentycom.jp/en/steermouse/ Mouse Curves http://triq.net/articles/mouse-acceleration-preference-pane-mac-os-x Has the advantage of being free, but Apple removing ...


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The trackpad in the 2008 white plastic MacBook isn't capable of supporting multitouch gestures. As it's a hardware limitation -- meaning the trackpad hardware can't sense input from 3-4 separate fingers at once -- there aren't any hacks to get around the limitation. One way to get full multitouch support would be to get a Magic Trackpad. They'll work with ...


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You could try with some software like Better Touch Tool, but that's not guarantied it will work, since it's more of a hardware limitation. Another solution would be to buy a Magic Trackpad.


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Each user account has its own trackpad settings. You can easily figure out if it's a hardware issue or one of your System Preference settings by making a new user: System Preferences/ Users and Groups / hit + for new user. Log out of your current user account and log into the new (clean) user. If that helped log out and back into your user account and ...


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This was driving me crazy, too. It just started happening yesterday, but was dangerous as the cursor kept selecting everything--making selection rectangles especially on the desktop, opening programs I didn't want to open on the dock, and generally jumping around like a drunk rabbit. Searched forums, read about others saying this happened to them after ...


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Another way to do this is to map "show desktop" to a hot corner (System Preferences > Mission Control > Hot Corners). Show the desktop using the four-finger gesture or by using the hot corner Drag the file from the desktop to the hot corner, which will restore the windows AND keep the file in hand Drop the file onto whichever window you like. This is how ...


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System log Look at the error messages relative to the blued daemon: grep blued /var/log/system.log (this is a command to type within Terminal). Check in this system log if you don't have connexion attempts from an unknown Bluetooth equipment. To be able to detect the intruders note your own Bluetooth address within: System Information > Hardware > ...


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BetterTouchTool does not support two finger tap/click actions. There was an experimental version a long time ago but it was implemented in a 'hacky' way and never really worked right. BetterTouchTool does let you set up a TipTap to middle click, so that you can press with a second finger whilst your first is down (sort of like a two finger click but with a ...


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In the "unusual" camp there's a program called Inklet that purports to turn your trackpad into a Wacom-like tablet. They also sell a special stylus and sketching software. For music there's Trackpad Magic, which allows you to create music using trackpad for input, and djay, a DJ'ing app that lets you "scratch" records with your trackpad.


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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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I believe I figured out the difference: Dragging: Double tap and hold to begin dragging. Release the mouse. Depending on the amount of time that has passed, moving the mouse will do one of the following: Brief delay: moving the mouse continues the dragging, essentially behaving the exact same way as drag lock. The cycle is then repeated once you release ...


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That's not "ticking," that's a creak from the flex in the aluminum chassis. The MBP is not a brick of aluminum but a computer inside a hollow shell. While built solid, there is still play in the materials. The sound you're hearing is likely the case pressing against the RAM, the battery connector, or the metal protector right beside the battery connector ...


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The trackpad click is a hardware thing: it's not added in software, so it cannot be trapped or otherwise blocked. (And, yes, they are awfully loud.) The only way to do what you want would be to disassemble the laptop and try to add some muffling around the trackpad mechanism. Personally, I find tap-to-click infuriating and unusable, so I, too, would use the ...



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