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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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Use MacBook as a second screen for Chromebook

I have my MacBook M1 as my personal laptop, and I have a Chromebook as my work laptop. I don't really like the trackpad and keyboard of the Chromebook so I wish to use my MacBook just for the display, ...
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Mac Notifications Center keeps hijacking swipe left scrolling

I'm just trying to scroll left using my trackpad while in other apps and the notifications center consistently takes over control of my screen like it thinks I am trying to pull it out into visibility....
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Macbook Air trackpad and keyboard suddenly aren't being detected

The internal trackpad and keyboard of my MacBook Air (13-inch, 2017, macOS Catalina) have suddenly stopped working. They are not being detected and the Macbook just tells me to connect bluetooth ones. ...
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Erratic mouse movement on Macbook Pro trackpad

I am experiencing erratic behavior of my Macbook Pro (2020) trackpad. I can't seem to be able to precisely target anything, with the mouse constantly jumping around during movement (sometimes jumping ...
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How do I solve the Magic Trackpad 2 lagging on macOS Monterey?

The past week I upgraded from macOS 11 Big Sur to macOS 12.3 Monterey. My Magic Trackpad 2, which connects via Bluetooth, lags. If I simply move my finger, it takes a short time before the mouse ...
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MacBook Pro M1 Pro - NDR006 trackpad code in diagnostic tool, but trackpad works fine

I ran the diagnostic tool on my 14" 2021 MacBook Pro M1 and got a NDR006 error that my trackpad may need repaired, but the trackpad works perfectly fine. Is this a common occurrence/bug? Or is ...
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Is there any way to use trackpad force touch for right click?

I see there is no option to select force touch for secondary click in System Preferences. But for me it would have been perfect option for the right click. I could not find anything about this in ...
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How to disassociate the Bluetooth connection for a Magic Trackpad 2 from macOS?

I have a Magic Trackpad 2 that's been having some intermittent slowdown when connected normally. After turning off Bluetooth generally on macOS the Magic Trackpad 2 works great all of the time with no ...
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Control click not working as second mouse button using VNC Viewer to linux running x11vnc

I'm on a Macbook running Vnc Viewer (6.21.406) connected to x11vnc (0.9.13) running on my work Linux box (redhat 7.9 Maipo) over a ssh link. Everything works fine except that I typically use control-...
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Why do I get spurious context menu popup for left click?

On my MacBook Pro, when using the trackpad, I get spurious context menu popup when I'm trying to do a left click. It seems related to my other hand holding the laptop as I don't think it occurs ever ...
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How to restart "pinch-to-zoom" feature via terminal?

Both my macs have been having this issue with the latest releases of MacOS: Quick Look stops working randomly and Finder needs to be relaunched. Pinch-to-zoom feature stops working with the trackpad (...
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Only use magic trackpad wired

Sometimes my magic trackpad doesn't work reliably or have lags because of unstable bluetooth connection. It seems to work completely fine when connected via the included lightning to usb-c cable. I've ...
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Adobe Pro DC : How to group and move a block of text and a surrounding box that contains this text

With Adobe Pro DC under macOS Monterey, I have the following figure where I active the option "modify text and figures" : I want to move the entire selection and content of the grey legend ...
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Is there a way to realize two finger dragging and three finger rolling?

Three finger is more dull than the two finger, which is more suitable for simple up and down scroll sliding, while the two finger occupy less area of the touch panel, and the resistance during sliding ...
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Dictionary lookup suddenly stops working in certain apps

My native language is Chinese, not English, so I often lookup words using force click or three-finger touch. If I select force touch, then the feature works reliably. However, when I select three-...
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Use external macbook trackpad as magic trackpad

I have an old macbook pro (2017) which have a trackpad. Can I use that trackpad to control my new macbook, which I intend to elevate to relieve neck pain? Note that I already purchased a magic ...
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Internal Keyboard and Trackpad working in bootcamp but not working on macOS

I updated my Macbook Air 2015 to Monterey and my internal trackpad and keyboard have stopped working. Both work without issues if I boot into the Windows Bootcamp partition. Please help.
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Is there a way to reveal desktop by gesture, begin dragging a file, un-reveal desktop by gesture, and drop the file into an app on Monterey?

Since I can remember, I have been able to use the Show Desktop gesture, click and hold on a file, then reverse the Show Desktop gesture, and move the file over to a desired window, and release the ...
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Shortcut to toggle trackpad

On my MacBook Pro 16 (2019, MacOS 12.1 Monterey), I often see my mouse move unintentionally when I type text (in Mail, Pages, code-editors...) because the palm of my hand (below my thumb) ...
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How to disable trackpad acceleration on M1 MBPs just like on Intel MBPs?

I've got a new M1 Pro MBP and I am struggling to get the trackpad into a usable state. com.apple.trackpad.scaling on 0 or -1 don't have acceleration but they're way too slow. This wasn't the case on ...
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Suspend two fingers back

Is it possible to disable this feature temporary? I like to use it but it is so annoying when you are using spreadsheet or something with scrollable page. The idea is next: when I press some button (...
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MacBook trackpad frequently ignores taps?

I suspect although cannot prove, that the MacBook Pro trackpad ignores taps that it believes are erroneous (similarly to how the TouchBar also ignores what it believes to be accidental touches). Is ...
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How to disable drag delay after lifting finger up in macOS? [duplicate]

When selecting a text (double-tap and drag) it continues to select text (for ~1 sec) even when I lift my finger up and move the pointer. I want to disable this drag delay. My current settings: I ...
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"Enable Mouse Keys" option in Accessibility not working

I am trying to control the trackpad of my macbook via keyboard but the "Enable Mouse Keys" option in Accessibility does not enable the mouse control which should be the 789UIOJKL keys. What ...
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Is it possible to get both touch screen and touch pad feature for Notability as such Apple Laptops are not touchscreen?

I would like to buy a Apple Laptop , would it be easier to get the touchscreen feature too in that so as to i can write handwritten notes in there too comfortably , i cant buy iPad and Apple laptop ...
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Trackpad gesture take long time to finished the animation, macOS Monterey

I'm using macOS Monterey in the new MBP 16" 2021 So when I'm doing the switching Desktop gesture on the trackpad, It took too long to wait for the animation to finish before allowing me to ...
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Command + Click doesn't work right after moving mouse

After setting up my new MacBook Pro, I realized one annoying behavior that I had never seen before. If I move my mouse via the trackpad and then command-click on anything (usually a link on a web ...
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Tap to Click not working correcty

Tap to Click is only working in some parts of the macOS user interface. If I tap a window frame to move/drag the window it won't work. Selecting text doesn't work either. I mine multiple word like ...
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Browser-style swipe to navigate in all apps

Is it possible use a swipe gesture to navigate forwards and backwards in apps that do not natively support that gesture?
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Click (but not tap) with two fingers to activate secondary click while being able to tap with one finger

This answer doesn't solve the problem cause it deactivates a single finger tap. Probably you guys are aware of some terminal magic here. Many thanks!
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What is this strange sound under the MacBook Pro trackpad?

I have been using my MacBook pro 15" since 2016. For the last two months, a strange sound is coming from the trackpad. Does anyone have any idea why this sound is coming? The sound can be heard ...
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Disabling three finger scroll to top on Firefox without disabling three finger back/forwards

If I switch "swipe with three fingers" to two fingers, Mac disables the "three finger swipe up" (e.g. page up/down). But I want to keep three fingers to go back and forth (...
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Drag & Drop only going one folder deep in Finder on Monterey MBP 2021

On a new MacBook Pro 2021 14" I'm expecting that when I drag and hold a file over a folder, then it opens that folder so that I can see the next hierarchy level. However, currently the file just ...
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Trackpad cursor not moving if one finger is down at the top center of the trackpad and another is moving?

It is possible to do two finger drag&drop: one finger is down and initiate drag, another finger control cursor movement. Usually I do one finger drag, and turn into two finger drag if trackpad ...
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Unexpected Look Up and Dictionary popping up when I try to click buttons; System Preferences won't open

I'm trying to use my wife's 2020 MacBook runing Monterey and I feel like it's suddenly playing tricks on me and I can't figure out how to make it behave properly. When I click on a particular button ...
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command + click to "open new tab" in safari requires double-tap when tap-to-click

I'm using monterey on 14 inch M1 pro macbook pro from 2021. In safari, I can hold command and physically click my trackpad (i.e. press it down) and it opens links in new window, which is the intended ...
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Keyboard and trackpad not working on macbook air

The built in keyboard and trackpad on my macbook air (early 2015, 13 inch, running 10.14.6) are not working. External mouse and keyboard connected via usb are still working fine. Here's the plot twist:...
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How to utterly disable every and all zoom gestures on macOS Big Sur?

I have all Scroll & Zoom options unchecked in the Trackpad preference pane of my Macbook Pro running macOS Big Sur 11.6. Nonetheless, every now and then as I am using a word processor, or ...
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Disable bottom of MacBook trackpad

I’m interested in disabling the bottom 20% of the 2016 MacBook Pro trackpad. So a roughly 1/2” tall row across the entirety of the trackpad, on the edge furthest from the keyboard. When sitting in a ...
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"Zoom in and out" randomly stops working

Sometimes, when I'm using my macbook, Zoom in and out suddenly stops working. Smart zoom also stops working. Restarting hidd (killall -KILL hidd) does not solve the problem. The only thing that works ...
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Is it possible to adjust sensitivity to start dragging/selecting on Magic Trackpad 2?

I am forever accidentally selecting half my screen when moving the cursor using my Magic TrackPad 2... suddenly the entire webpage is selected because I did something accidentally. I think I might be ...
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Magic Trackpad 2 unresponsive on outer right side

I've been using the Magic Trackpad 2 for about a month now and recently I noticed that there is no response at worst and delayed response at best on the right hand side of the trackpad. The problem is ...
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Keyboard/Trackpad not working when Booted into LiveUSB

tl;dr The Built-In Keyboard and Trackpad only works on 1st party bootable software but won't on anything 3rd party like linux. Model is MacBookPro12,1 (Early 2015, 13" Retina). Keyboard and ...
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Keyboard and Trackpad Only working in Boot Device Selection and MacOS

The keyboard and trackpad for my Mac Book Pro 13" Retina Early 2015 (MacBookPro13,1) will only work in boot device selection (Holding down option on boot), MacOS (Running 10.14.6), Recovery, and ...
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Got macbook air fixed, and now trackpad isn't working

I recently had my laptop break, it would not turn on. I brought it to the Apple Store and it was sent out and fixed, replacing the battery and the logic board. It worked fine when I got it back, but ...
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Macbook air 2015 trackpad short

I recently spilled some water on my macbook and it stopped working. I opened it up and cleaned all corrosion I found. Thankfully, it booted up but I noticed that the trackpad and keyboard were not ...
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MacBook Pro does not start anymore, only Trackpad responds

I used my MacBook Pro (Late 2017) in the recent days, but suddenly it had an unexpected shutdown and the screen went dark. What I saw before the immediate shutdown was a notification, but I wasn’t ...
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Magic trackpad clicks all time

As I move the cursor with my finger on the surface of the trackpad it just clicks all the time. It seems like the trackpad went mad. I mean that it just selects everything click everywhere where the ...
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How to fix Macbook trackpad's click feeling?

For the past several days, I noticed that the trackpad on Macbook Pro does not move/press down when I click with my finger. Previously, when I used to click, I felt that the trackpad moved down by a ...
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Magic trackpad gesture recording

I work with the Magic Trackpad 2 and would like to do a screen recording of my macOS Desktop workflow. Once the screen recording app is running, the trackpad gestures input no longer works. On the ...
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