Questions tagged [trackpad]

A touch-sensitive device for controlling a pointer on a computer's screen. It is similar to a mouse, but translates the motion of a user's finger to a relative position on a screen.

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MacBook Pro 2017 keyboard and Parrot OS

I'm currently studying and taking courses to be a penetration tester. I've downloaded parrot OS onto a USB drive and done all the necessary requirements to dual boot it onto the Mac. Once I get it ...
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Why does my MacBook's trackpad still function even when I have disabled it?

The trackpad on my old MacBook Pro 2012 has an "erratic cursor dance issue" and it randomly scrolls, swipes and clicks everywhere. I disabled the trackpad through Apple menu > System ...
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Trackpad unable to press click after Security Update

Apple issued a Security Update 3 days ago which was silently installed on my computer. I woke up and realized the trackpad doesn't give the press click feel again. Before the update, I was able to ...
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How to enable multiple words on Quicklook search?

I'm trying to use Quicklook feature by using the Force touch of the Macbook Pro's 2018 (with Catalina) trackpad with multiple words but I can only use it with single words. Like in the following ...
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How can I smooth out uneven scroll behavior using a trackpad in Macvim?

I have just installed MacVim on my new Macbook. But I have a problem: on Linux I was able to scroll through my code—vertically moving my cursor—by using my trackpad. But on Macvim this doesn't work ...
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How can I customize the Touch Bar interfaces for my tremor?

I have an essential tremor. This means that the slightest unintentional graze on the Touch Bar or touchpad on my MacBook Pro can have extremely undesirable consequences. So how can I change the ...
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Debug screensaver randomly exiting

Been having this issue for a while now on a 2016 15", 10.14.6. Log: 11:27:31.846649 kernel ALF, old data swfs_pid_entry <private>, updaterules_msg <private>, ...
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How to drag file on OS X without having to click it twice

I'm running Mojave 10.14.6. On previous version of OS X, I could click and drag files same as on other OSs. However, with this version, by default it had the 3-finger drag, which I disabled by un-...
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Double clicking the trackpad is suddenly hard

My trackpad became tough to double click, i.e., I had to apply extra force to double click, while the force needed to single click remained the same. The MacBook is not damaged in any way.
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How can I modify Mission Control trackpad gesture to only show spaces on the specific display I'm working on?

When using another display with my macbook, is it possible for me to use the mission control trackpad gesture to show ONLY the Spaces on my current display. Currently when I expose the spaces on one ...
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Horizontal scrolling on nedit with trackpad under XQuartz - MacOS Catalina

I use sometimes the nedit editor with XQuartz on my MacBook pro. Everything works fine except the fact that I can't do horizontal scrolling with trackpad of the content of the file opened with nedit. ...
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How can I set up a system-wide key combination to toggle a specific System Preferences setting (“Tap to Click”)?

I want to be able to toggle the "Tap to Click" setting under "Trackpad" > "Point & Click" in the System Settings app with a key combination from within any application. I looked at "Keyboard" > "...
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Macbook Pro Keyboard and Trackpad not working after battery change

I've changed my battery after this question: Does battery condition have anything to do with macbook pro performance? The performance has significantly increased, however I have a new problem. My ...
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Why does the Magic Mouse prevent me from clicking with my trackpad?

It often happens to me that I open my MacBook Pro to use it while traveling, only to find out that I can't use it because the effin' Magic is locked away in some luggage, and the trackpad is not ...
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Macbook Air (2013) trackpad not responding

The trackpad fails to respond after the computer got hung on a website video last night and then went into sleep mode. On wakeup I had to use the arrow keys to toggle through various apps and quit ...
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Macbook Pro 2018, trackpad issue because of swollen battery or faulty trackpad?

I have a weird trackpad issue on my 15" 2018 Macbook Pro since a few days now. I suspect it's caused by a swollen battery, but I'm not totally sure. Here is the issue,: Force Click almost never ...
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MacBook Pro 2018 no haptic feedback OS Catalina

I have a problem with my MacBook Pro 2018. There no haptic feedback on the touchpad. It worked with Catalina well, but only for a few days. The touchpad works very well with all gestures. There is ...
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How can I change the scrolling direction of the mouse, independently of the trackpad? [duplicate]

In System Preferences > Trackpad > Scroll & Zoom, there is a checkbox called Scroll Direction: Normal, which allows us to change the scrolling direction of the trackpad, but it also changes ...
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Is Boot Camp still being supported by Apple?

Boot Camp seems to have become the orphan child of Apple recently - more and more things seem to not be working as of the current Windows 10 (1903) release. These are at least the problems I am now ...
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What are the remedies for a trackpad suddenly malfunctioning?

The trackpad on my 2017 MBP (no touch) has suddenly started functioning improperly, at times. It is ultra-sensitive at times, clicking everything every second while at other times it is inactive. No ...
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Keyboard + Trackpad not working in MacOS but work in Ubuntu

My 2015 13" Macbook Pro's keyboard and trackpad no longer work and I've already replaced the connector flex cable twice. That worked for a few weeks but after the third replacement they keyboard and ...
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Click-lock Alternative?

I was wondering if there was an alternative to click-lock for mac? I can't use drag lock because of limited hand movement. I need something where I can move the cursor to where I want to drag, hold ...
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Is scrolling considered a “keyboard input”?

Context: I installed an app called "Scroll Reverser" which will allow me to use the natural scrolling setting for my trackpad and the opposite scrolling setting for my mouse scroll wheel. The ...
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MacBook Pro strange white screen upon rebooting mouse and trackpad not working

My MacBook Pro 2016 keyboard and trackpad is not working but the Touch Bar is works fine. The below images show what’s showing up when starting: The only similar problem that I found on the net is ...
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Trackpad gesture to switch between users?

What is the trackpad gesture to switch between logged-in users? I've triggered it accidentally a few times but can't figure out what it is. The animation looks like the desktop turns into a cube and ...
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How to disable vertical scrolling while horizontal scrolling is in progress using the trackpad on a Macbook?

Macbook trackpad allows both vertical and horizontal scrolling. But when I try to do horizontal scrolling, some vertical scrolling also taking place unintentionally (may be my finger movements are no ...
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MacBook Air — Cursor gets stuck as arrow/finger

When I am using my MacBook Air, my cursor sometimes gets stuck and remains as either the default pointer (black arrow), or as the link-clicking finger. I generally have to quit the application and go ...
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How to disable tap to drag?

On a MacBook air, the trackpad is super hard to use because whenever I try to move the cursor, it selects everything or drags something to somewhere random. This is the fault of some tap to drag ...
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Horizontal scrolling not working in macOS calendar app

I have scrolling problems very often with the calendar app on macOS. It works "a bit" but get stuck into the current week, scrolling left or right will just bump but not scroll, driving me insane. ...
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Three-finder side swipe between apps lagging, swiping up for mission control and then side-swiping produces no lag

I am experiencing something like a 1-3 second lag only when side-swiping with 3 fingers between apps/desktops. However, if I first swipe up with 3 fingers to enable mission control, then everything ...
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Mission control always popups incidentally/automatically when typing

Recently on my MacBook Pro 2019, mission control always popups incidentally when I'm typing. At the beginning I thought there's an issue of my trackpad since my wrists almost touch it when I'm ...
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Old MacBook air's trackpad's right click is failing, is there a workaround gesture?

My old MacBook Air is old. I have to push hard to get right click to work. It is probably something mechanical that could be addressed at a service center. But in the mean time, is there anything I ...
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How to remove touch gesture from QuickTime recordings on Mac

At one point I was interested in recording touch gestures using an iPhone Simulator + QuickTtime, so I dutifully followed the advice in this answer and ran the following command: defaults write com....
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Late 2013 MacBook Pro freezes after StartUp

Since yesterday, I can’t get past the login screen because my Mac freezes. I‘ve tried starting in Recovery mode, and run disk repair but this didn’t solve the problem. Resetting the NVRAM didn’t work ...
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Macbook Pro oddly unresponsive to trackpad clicks and keyboard, probably caused by zoom

I expect I'll have to power-cycle the machine, but asking if anybody has any suggestions for the next time this happens. Symptoms are: I can move the mouse around on the screen, but I can't click on ...
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Any way to use disassembled MacBook Pro keyboard and trackpad as input to Mac mini?

I have a mid-2012 MacBook Pro (non-retina) lying around that I don't need. It does not startup, but it's keyboard and mouse work fine. I have no use for the computer anymore. I also have a Mac mini ...
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How to separate mouse and trackpad scroll settings using terminal?

Currently the scroll direction for mouse is bound to trackpad. Is there any way to unlink them without downloading any third party apps?
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Dragging in Trackpad's accessibility setting gets randomly turned off

I enable System Preferences → Accessibility Mouse & Trackpad → Trackpad Options → Enable dragging. However, it gets unchecked (disabled) on its own. It happens after a few hours, as I face this ...
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MacBook Pro: Trackpad preference demo video not playing

I bought a pre-owned MacBook Pro running macOS Mojave 10.14.3. I tried to changing Trackpad preference as per my convenience, but it appears that while changing the option on left side, the video demo ...
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Command Line for Enable Dragging

In MacOS, in the Accessibility widget (in System Preferences) if you scroll all the way down to 'Mouse & Trackpad', and then click on the 'Trackpad Options' button, there is a by-default-unchecked ...
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Early 2015 Macbook Pro Internal Keyboard isnt working

Before i start, i replaced the battery on my macbook pro early 2015 model. I followed the instruction from ifixit to a T. When i went to turn the laptop on, the power button didnt do anything. I ...
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MacBook Pro: Erratic Trackpad behavior when an external 3.5" drive is connected

When I plug my external 3.5" hard drive into my 13" 2016 MacBook Pro, the Trackpad becomes very erratic and difficult to use. The drive is housed in a powered enclosure (brand Integral). Other ...
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Mojave - disabling trackpad from terminal [duplicate]

I tried to disable trackpad on my MacBook Pro 2015 my operating system is Mac OS X Mojave there is not have Accessability menu in System properties. So, how to disable it from Terminal?
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Macbook Pro late 2013 keyboard / sound problem

Strange problem. Got a computer that does not work sound (sound card is not in the list of devices). Using it for some time I heard the start-up sound when I started the system. The sound worked, but ...
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macOS: Terminal scrolls past file boundaries

When I have a file open in either the standard Terminal or iTerm2, I've noticed a weird problem. When I use the Trackpad to scroll through the file with two fingers, if I scroll to the top of the file ...
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Is there a way to move text cursor on Mac using Trackpad?

In iOS, one can enter Trackpad mode by pressing and holing the Space key on the software keyboard to quickly move around the cursor in a text entry field. Is there a way to do the same using Trackpad ...
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Mouse-Pointer behaves abnormally

Sometimes, the pointer(cursor) behaves weirdly, getting clicked here or there, undesired clicks & drags. This has happened around 5-6 times in my MacBook Pro (mid 2012). What could be the ...
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Windows 10 on external SSD - touchbar and track pad issues

2018 MBP 15". 512/16/Vega 20. (I should have ordered a larger internal SSD, but it wasn't really up to me.) I have the internal SSD split into two 256GB partitions for MacOS and Windows 10. These ...
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Tap with two fingers for a “right-click” or secondary click

On a Mac, I used to be able to secondary-click using a two-finger tap. Currently, I can only secondary-click using a two-finger click, not a tap. Is there a way to alt-click using a two-finger tap ...
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macOS: Name for app shortcut screen found by pinching with thumb and three fingers

In macOS, what is the name for the app shortcut screen (with all the installed apps icons displayed, taking up the whole screen) found by pinching with thumb and three fingers together (or sliding-in ...