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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 click turned on (clicking on bottom right of the trackpad).

I downloaded BetterTouchTool, but the option for "Two Finger Click" is not there. I tried disabling Mac built-in two finger commands to get it to appear but no luck - three/four/five finger click is there, but not 2.

Any ideas?

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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 delay) to activate a middle click:

Alternatively, you can set up a tap/press with three fingers to middle click in BetterTouchTool. This is supported fine:

If you're really looking for a two-finger click, KeyRemap4MacBook lets you remap right click to middle click using a private.xml such as this:

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<root>
  <item>
    <name>Right Click to Middle Click</name>
    <identifier>remapRightClickToMiddleClick</identifier>
    <autogen>
      —PointingButtonToPointingButton—
      PointingButton::RIGHT, PointingButton::MIDDLE
    </autogen>
  </item>
</root>

See private.xml documentation for more information and to limit to certain apps.

  • Weird, I remember doing the two finger tap on links in firefox (I never used any other tool besides BTT). I also had right click enabled. – Madd0g Apr 6 '14 at 21:18
  • @Madd0g Maybe you were doing a TipTap (see edit)? – grg Apr 13 '14 at 14:25
  • Do you use Macs tools to make the animated gif :) – Ruskes Apr 13 '14 at 14:28
  • @Buscar Sure do – grg Apr 13 '14 at 14:54
  • I'm giving up, I'll try the TipTap method as an alternative. I don't want to give up the right click feature. Thanks for the hard work @grgarside. EDIT: ouch, the fingers have to be side by side for TipTap, I thought the second finger could be anywhere. – Madd0g Apr 14 '14 at 1:23

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