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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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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How to actually reset magic trackpad 2 settings to a system default?

I've already tried to remove the following plists: com.apple.AppleMultitouchTrackpad.plist com.apple.driver.AppleBluetoothMultitouch.trackpad.plist Then restart mac - no effect, i especially ...
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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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Mac with force touch trackpad selects files instead of dragging them

When you click on unselected file and start moving it up to start dragging, mac os selects sibling files instead of dragging.
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Mojave - disabling trackpad from terminal

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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make USB 2.0 IR receiver hub to be recognize as a mouse

The built in trackpad of my macbook 2011 has a problem on it's functionality, so I go on System preferences > accessibility > mouse & trackpad then check the Ignore built-in trackpad when mouse or ...
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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 ...
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MacBook Pro's Keyboard and Trackpad stopped working

The Keyboard and Trackpad on my 13" Early 2015 MacBook Pro (currently running macOS Mojave 10.14.4) stopped working completely. I have tried everything, resetting SMC, NVRAM and such. Stayed with ...
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2007 macbook - trackpad stuck in scrolling mode

I have a tank of a computer from 2007 (17 inch Macbook pro 3,1) which is still working fine, but a recent issue has me doubting how much time is left. The issue is happening to an unresponsive ...
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After a recent update to 10.14.4 trackpad stopped working on a Macbook Pro 2017

Today I was prompted by the Mojave OS that I need to install an update, so I did. After the update was installed and I logged in I immediately noticed that trackpad does not work at all As apple ...
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Macbooks keyboard deletes and copies random text; selects too much

Sometimes when I select text - even just a letter - and press backspace, the cursor deletes text from very far away. It's also reproducible: when I select the same text again, the same thing happens. ...
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Trackpad and keyboard problems

My keyboard is working oddly. The right side shift does not work, but the left side shift command button will. The trackpad will click, but it stopped working to move the cursor around. The trackpad ...
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Boot Camp: Plugging in an external mouse makes mouse click not work anymore

So this started happening recently, I think after the last OS upgrade. Now if I plug in an external mouse (any mouse, I've tested several) while in Windows 10, the mouse click and scroll won't work ...
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How do I turn off/disable my trackpad on a MacBook Air?

I am on a mission to become proficient with keyboard shortcuts, and I keep cheating by accident and using my trackpad. I want to be rigorous in my attempt to learn, so how do you toggle the trackpad ...
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Can I disable pinch to show all open tabs in Safari?

Too often, when I try to move my cursor and click, or try to drag something or select text, and my two fingers end up on the trackpad at the same time, all my open tabs shrink into this view: This is ...
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Keyboard and Trackpad not working while installing windows 10 on MacBook Pro 2018 Touch Bar using Bootcamp

I have tried several times to install Windows 10 on my new MBP 2018, and I have failed till now. I used Windows ISO version 1703 which was ok until an error appeared at the end of setup (the error ...
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Why won't my new MBP actually shutdown when I click “Shutdown…” in the “apple” menu

This is related to this other question Prevent MacBook Pro from turning on by touching trackpad. My new MacBook Pro (MBP) seems to fails to actually shutdown when clicking "Shutdown..." in the "apple"...
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How do I drag (and drag without holding) and drop with the force touch trackpad?

I just upgraded from a 2013 MBP to a 2018 MBP, which has the force touch trackpad. I used to be able to "Drag and Drop" by simply double tapping (not clicking down) an item and then dragging it to a ...
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How to reinstall Magic Trackpad foot?

My toddler decided to remove this for me... First time I've ever seen that. Now how do I put it back? I presume the outer ring of the rubberised cover goes underneath the white plastic rear, but ...
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Shrink Trackpad on Macbook running Mojave

I am running mojave (10.14.2) on a 2018 macbook. I keep accidentally hitting the trackpad while typing. None of the solutions in this question still work. Does an updated solution exist?
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Prevent MacBook Pro from turning on by touching trackpad

Recently got a new MacBook Pro and I really don't like the fact that it powers on by a simple touch on the trackpad. (EDIT: By "powering on", I mean powering on from a completely turned off state, ...
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Settings: Tap to Click?

My computer's battery was getting too old so I sent my macbook to an unofficial A/S center. After a week, I got my macbook back and my trackpad felt a bit wrong. It was moving and clicking like it was ...
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Unable to double tap on the trackpad to highlight multiple words in macOS Mojave

In previous versions of OS X, I was able to "double tap" on the trackpad and then move my finger to the side or down to highlight/select text/multiple text. I'm unable to duplicate this in the new ...
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How to make Trackpad scroll only in one direction?

When I try to scroll a text view using the Trackpad moving my two finders in the the vertical direction, it also moves slightly in the horizontal direction, which makes the movement to appear jerky. ...
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MacBook Pro 2015 Keyboard and trackpad not detected once booted into operating system

Ever since I updated my computer to macOS Mojave I’ve been experiencing issues. The issues all started at the same time and they include: Computer crashing after opening lid(Computer Transitioning ...
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How to put Magic Trackpad 2 into Discovery Mode

I have a Magic Trackpad 2. I previously had it paired with my Mac. I then had it set up to work with another computer. I now want to use it with my Mac again and it will not work. I have followed ...
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Can (Moving cursor using arrow keys in terminal) interfere with moving cursor using Trackpad?

MacBook Pro MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Mid 2014. MacOS Mojave version 10.14.1. In terminal Preferences I looked under the tab Keyboard because I read that it's possible to use Moving cursor using ...
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What's the difference, in Apple parlance, between a Cursor and a Mouse Pointer?

I tend to call it a "pointer", to distinguish it from the text cursor, and because it can be controlled without a mouse (e.g. trackpad). However, I would like to use the same kind of language Apple ...
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If possible how do I single out a app from starting in Safe Mode

If possible how do I single out a app from starting in Safe Mode. I want to use Safe Mode with out Photos involved for example. Is that possible?
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Trackpad works for Diagnostic Test. Can I rule out it has a hardware problem?

If a MacBook Pro trackpad is able click and scroll, swipe, move cursor, etc. during a during Diagnostic Test (when I startup holding down the D) then, am I able to rule out that it has a hardware ...
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Trackpad issue with 2010 MacBook Pro

While I was using my MacBook Pro, I went to setting and ironically I disabled all the finger touch option from Trackpad. Now I can't click anything just the icon is moving around. I tried to plug in ...
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MacBook Pro's Trackpad stops working when connecting an external keyboard

I'm trying to set up a new Ergodox EZ keyboard. Whenever I plug in the keyboard's via USB port, the MacBook's built-in Trackpad ceases to function. It responds to absolutely no input at all. This ...
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Trackpad on early 2015 13“ MacBook Air keeps losing its ”click"

The trackpad on my MacBook Air keeps losing its physical "click". It still works fine, and pressing the trackpad down still works, it just doesn't move. I've tried adjusting the relevant screw two or ...
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Macbook Pro Mid-2014 trackpad not working

My mid 2014 13" macbook pro (retina) has been acting really weird. Two days ago, after I powered it up, the mouse started going crazy, moving all over the place, and eventually stopped moving, and ...
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Middle click with trackpad in MBP and Mojave

I want to setup the middle click with a MBP using the trackpad. The middle click is very useful to me since I can open/close tabs, can use 2 clipboards like linux (select and middle click to paste, ...
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Split cursor in Mac OS High Sierra in fullscreen mode

Recently my cursor often is split in fullscreen mode. I then basically have 2.5 cursors. Since I cannot screenshot the cursor I attached a photo. I am using the trackpad. Is anyone else experiencing ...
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Keyboard and Trackpad behave erratic MacBook Pro 13 (early 2015)

i have a slight problem with my MacBook Pro early 2015. For some reason the keyboard strokes are not correctly registered by the OS. On the login screen typing either triggers the “can’t type here” ...
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Normal scrolling in Win 10 Pro installed on Macbook Pro

I installed a Win 10 Pro on my Macbook Pro. I also installed TRackpad++ and the whole is great! The only strange thing is scrolling. Scrolling is not fluid and stops at end of every page. I cannot do ...
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Improve palm rejection on 2018 MBP

I kept having failing palm rejections on my new 2018 MBP's trackpad. I've never had any issue on my 2013 MBP or my 2009 MBP trackpad. The 2018 MBP's trackpad is impractically huge, and the heel or ...
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How can I increase tracking speed of Macbook Trackpad beyond the maximum (Sierra<)?

How can I increase tracking speed of Macbook Trackpad beyond the maximum? The MacOS maximum trackpad tracking speed is extremly slow. Since Sierra it seems like it's not possible to change the ...