For a Macbook Pro, I've set trackpad settings for Three Fingers to "Dragging":

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However the tracking speed is too slow, and often it's impossible to drag for a larger distance due to the size of the physical trackpad.

How do we increase the tracking speed beyond the maximum allowed?

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BetterTouchTool does that, and lets you add application specific gestures as well!

I don't think I could use a mac without it, at this point. I have my browser-tab-management and finder shortcuts mapped to multitouch gestures.

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    It is under Basic Settings > Magic Mouse > Set mouse speed. It is amazing! – phyatt Apr 29 '14 at 5:55
  • Perfect, perfect tool. Like you, I can't use my mac without it. Thanks :). Love it – Huynh Inc Jun 15 '15 at 2:09
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    FYI, BetterTouchTool does not work in Sierra for this purpose (BTT now has a warning next to this option). The answer from @user495470 worked for me - "defaults write -g com.apple.trackpad.scaling -float 5.0" (or for mouse: "defaults write -g com.apple.mouse.scaling -float 5.0"). – Luke Williams Aug 30 '17 at 13:28
  • @LukeWilliams - Apple seems dead-set on ruining Mac OS. Bring back snow leopard! – Fake Name Aug 30 '17 at 19:24

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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    For those who come here searching for mouse speed up (as me) change the above command/property to com.apple.mouse.scaling. So defaults write -g com.apple.mouse.scaling -float 5.0 is what you're looking for. – Lucas Jul 7 '17 at 14:06
  • I found the file but how did you guys read the content of the file? It contains strange strings. – Dr_Hope Dec 25 '18 at 3:18
  • @Lucas Would you mind putting your comment as an answer? That way your information isn't lost if your comment is accidentally removed. I came here looking for a way to increase mouse speed and I'm sure others have too. I'll upvote you! – Kodos Johnson Jan 14 at 3:01
  • @Dr_Hope You're not actually supposed to open the file, but you can modify it using the command mentioned in the answer. Open your Terminal app and enter this command: defaults write -g com.apple.trackpad.scaling -float 5.0 – Kodos Johnson Jan 14 at 20:27

Mouse Curves is a preference pane that allows you to customize the tracking speed of the mouse and trackpad.



For those who come here searching for mouse speed up (as me), change the command/property mentioned on the answer of @user495470 to com.apple.mouse.scaling.


defaults write -g com.apple.mouse.scaling -float 5.0

is what you're looking for.

Here is @Kodos Johnson :)

  • And be sure to logout or reboot for it to take effect. – phoenix Jun 19 at 12:06

Ordinary trackpad-dragging can be done in segments, the same way mouse-dragging can be done in limited space, by lifting & repositioning {the mouse; your fingers} and making another swipe. In your prefpane, enable one-finger click and drag, and you won't even need to press down.


If you turn inertial scrolling on, you can, once you've started a drag gesture, keep two fingers steady and flick with the other one to inertially "drag" the window around your screen(s).

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