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Multi-touch refers to a touch-sensitive surface that can recognize two or more points of contact using a pressure sensitive-panel.

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How do I disable Chrome's two-finger back/forward navigation?

Chrome supports two-finger swipes left/right in order to browse back/forward in the browser history. Unfortunately, Chrome handles this differently to other macOS applications, and it's far too easy ...
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How to bring back multi-touch gestures after it crashes without reboot?

After a clean install of Yosemite, multi-touch gestures have stopped working on two occasions on my Macbook Pro 2011. Each time, the symptoms are the same: Gestures stopped working both built-in ...
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Do iPhones have a built-in mouse or trackpad and how do I use it?

Quite some time ago someone told me (or maybe I read it) that iPhones have a built-in trackpad or mouse pointer that makes it easy for you to move the cursor around for editing text. I want to know if ...
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Chrome Mac gesture conflict with horizontal scrolling

I am running Chrome 14 on OSX Lion. I swipe 2 fingers horizontally to scroll a web page horizontally, for a page that is too wide. When I swipe right, it works fine. When it swipe left it works for ...
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Is it possible to use a gesture to go back in Finder?

I miss the ability to go back to previous directory via a gesture (swipe with two finger right like in Safari or Chrome) in Finder. Is it possible to enable it? Edit: I'm on a MacBook Pro, and using ...
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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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Accessing OS X built in dictionary lookup in Firefox

I am really frustrated that Firefox does not provide the three-finger-tap lookup operation is in built in OS X. What is baffling me is that it supports other gestures such as two finger swipes and ...
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Can I disable Safari's pinch-to-zoom tab switcher? [duplicate]

When looking at a PDF document I often want to zoom-out to scroll quickly to its contents and get an overview. However, when I zoom-out past a certain threshold (it seems to differ per PDF) Safari ...
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How to fix stuck/'disabled' zooming on trackpad?

I recently bought myself a new Trackpad, since my old Magic Trackpad broke. Ever since, however, zooming (two finger pinch) gets stuck/disabled/not working somehow and, besides rebooting, the only ...
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Shortcuts & gestures you can't live without

What are some gestures or shortcuts you use on a daily basis that you can't live without? I've found the BetterTouchTool preference pane add on to be great for creating custom gestures on a per app ...
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How to disable swipe navigation on Edge for Mac

Like Chrome, Edge for Mac supports browser navigation by dragging horizontally with two fingers on the trackpad. I know how to turn this off in Chrome, but is it possible to turn this off in Edge? ...
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Mission Control freezes. Restarting Dock doesn't help

I use standard settings to open Mission Control in MacOS Mojave 10.14.4 on MacBook Pro. Normally swipe up with 3 fingers move all windows into Mission Control mode and I can switch to any available ...
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Zoom in or out with trackpad stops working

I am using OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 (15G1217) on a MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Early 2015). Sometimes when reading PDF's I notice I suddenly can not use the trackpad zoom feature anymore. It is not ...
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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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Why does three-finger swipe gesture not support natural scrolling?

There are three page swipe gesture options in Lion: Scroll left or right with two fingers, which is new to Lion, has a neat animation and is currently supported only by Safari. Swipe left or right ...
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Importing 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 does HTML mouseover work on apple multitouch devices?

I asked about this in connection with this network of websites, but it brings up a more general question that I don't know the answer to. Is it a problem that mouse over events are not able to be ...
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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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Is there any iPhone SE out there with 3D Touch?

I have an iPhone SE so does my cousin. A few days ago we went to the movies and I noticed she was 3D Touching her way around the screen. This surprised me because I don't think my iPhone SE has ever ...
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Can Safari on an iPad be controlled with gestures?

On the Desktop version of Safari, you can navigate back and forward with a swipe gesture on the trackpad. Setting up other gestures (close tab, new tab, next/previous tab) is trivial with an app like ...
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Map gestures to mouse buttons

I do like the mac mouse. touch sensitivity is nice. But the precision and number of buttons on my gaming mouse is much better. It seems to work on the mac just fine, but only left/right click and ...
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Using all trackpad gestures via Apple Remote Desktop

How is possible send all trackpad gestures via Apple Remote Desktop.app (ARD)? Some working, some not, especially don't works gestures: mission control (4 fingers up) exposee (4 fingers down) ...
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Change to Chrome behavior for pinching to zoom in PDFs

Recently, I've found that when using the pinch-to-zoom motion with the trackpad while reading a PDF in Chrome, I no longer get the preferred behavior: Chrome's zoom ticking up discretely by 25% or so. ...
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Can the Kinect be used as a control interface for Mac OS X?

Is there software and/or drivers that support using the Kinect to replicate the same behavior triggered by the Multitouch gestures? Would it be possible for me to swipe my hand leftward in the air and ...
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How to get the three finger 'scroll to top' back in mountain lion?

Remember in Snow Leopard there was a gesture using three fingers to scroll to the top of webpages? Has anyone worked out a way of getting that back?
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iPad keyboard is now small

The keyboard on my iPad has just started floating and so is now much smaller and very difficult to use. How do I get it back to go full size on the bottom of the screen. Note the way described in this ...
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Fullscreen on multiple displays and swiping moves all screens

This worked up until May 16th. Before and after updating to macOS Sierra 10.12.5 did not solve problem. Config / Specs: MacBook Pro Dell monitor iPad using Duet app Previous functionality I could ...
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Is it possible to use mac trackpad gestures on, say, a linux virtualbox machine?

Specifically, I would just love to use the trackpad to do "three finger swipes" and switch between Linux workspaces (desktops), that would be extremely slick. I imagine this might require a plugin or ...
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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 two-...
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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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iPod Nano 5th Gen Can't Disable Shake Gesture

I have disabled the "shuffle on shake" feature of my iPod Nano 5th gen, yet occasionally this still happens. I've noticed, for example, if I have it connected to the aux jack in my car while driving, ...
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M1 MacBook Pro jumps text while typing

On the M1 MacBook Pro, when I am typing it will frequently jump to another part of the text area. This is most pronounced when selecting text using the keyboard (shift-left..., shift-option-left...) ...
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Right-click context menu not consistently "sticky"

I'm running Snow Leopard 10.6.8 on a 2008 MBP. The right-click on my mousepad activates the context menu. A single right-click displays the menu, and it stays visible until I make a selection or ...
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Magic Trackpad 2 became less responsive

I've been happily using Magic Trackpad 2 for exactly a year and a week (suspicious ;)) and today it started acting strange - I'm using only three gestures mainly (dictionary lookup, two finger scroll ...
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what's the name and function of this "screen swipe" in iOS?

When using my iPhone (with latest iOS 14.7.1, seeing it for a while...) I sometimes have the following behavior: the screen scrolls down by one third, the top one third of the screen is black, but I ...
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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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Are non-unibody MacBook Pros capable of Lion's 3 and 4 finger multi-touch gestures?

Are non-unibody MacBook Pros (Late 2006 ~ Early 2008) capable of Lion's 3 and 4 finger multi-touch gestures?
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What (un-)documented multitouch gestures exist in Lion and common applications?

Safari allows to go back to a previous website using the two-finger-swipe gesture. All of the standard multitouch gestures are very nicely documented in the More Gestures section of the Trackpad ...
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Simulating a touch on a phone screen without a finger?

I'm trying to simulate a touch on my iPhone without actually touching it (with a finger) for an app I'm making, I already tried electricity and it didn't worked, what is the correct way of doing it? ...
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Swipe between pages button equivalent

I currently have an external, non-mac, mouse attached to my MacBook Pro. It has extra buttons that you can assign macros to, for instance I assigned the 'move left/right a space' to two of the buttons,...
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OSX Yosemite Can't disable four-finger swipe

Intro I want to set a custom gesture for the four finger swipe left/right, but I noticed that four finger swipe was switching between spaces. I went in to system preferences->Trackpad and changed "...
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Stop opening Dictionary.app when three-finger-tapping non-text in Google Chrome

I have "Look up & data detectors" set to three-finger tap in the Trackpad preference pane. This means that when I three-finger tap on a word, I get a dictionary tooltip/overlay like so: This is ...
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3 finger tap on word to show spanish-english translation of word

3 finger tap triggers the English dictionary, but it only works to explain English words in English. Is there any way to change a 3 finger tap to show the translation of an English word into Spanish, ...
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Simulate touchpad or gestures on iMac

I recently started using a MacBook Air and find some of the gestures such as the double click zoom in Safari extremely useful, I'm aware I can zoom normally using cmd - (+) but find the gesture zoom ...
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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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Is there an alternative to the five-finger swipe out gesture, allowing me to copy things to/from the desktop?

On my MacBook, I frequently end up with lots of overlapping windows on the screen, obscuring the desktop. I recently discovered the five finger 'swipe outwards' gesture that displays the desktop. ...
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Macbook Trackpad Tap To Drag Issues

I'm having a weird problem that just started with my 2012 15" Retina Macbook Pro with Yosemite. The ability to tap and drag using the internal trackpad has stopped working. All the other gestures work ...
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Right Click Drag with Magic Trackpad

Is it possible to perform a "right click drag" with a Magic Trackpad? What gestures/settings do I need to accomplish this?
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How can I disable gestures on a particular workspace?

Is it possible to disable trackpad gestures I don't want to trigger on a particular workspace? I have virtualbox fullscreen on one of my workspaces and I'd like for mouse gestures to not trigger when ...
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