When I type on my MacBook Pro, I tend to rest my palms near the trackpad - and sometimes they end up touching the trackpad directly.

As a result sometimes I end up moving the mouse around while typing. The worst is when it ends up highlighting text I've already typed, then I end up typing over it. This happens a lot.

How can I reduce the trackpad sensitivity to touch? On Dell computers the mouse utility actually lets you adjust this. It's a setting like "TouchGuard" or something, and if you turn it up this problem won't happen, though there will be a noticeable delay when you try to actually use the mouse.

I cannot find any similar setting on my MacBook Pro. Maybe there's a 3rd party utility?

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In the System Preferences/Trackpad, you should be able to adjust the settings for your trackpad.

  • None of those features address the problem I'm talking about though. It's that you can end up moving the mouse with the palm of your hand and selecting stuff, I don't see any settings to address that problem.
    – Stephen
    Jan 14, 2018 at 18:32

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