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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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What size of screw does fit on the macbook keyboard frame?

Version of Macbook: Macbook Air M1 late 2020 A2337 I’ve replaced my macbook keyboard at home, but the new keyboard has a little gap between the topcase frame because I couldn’t insert the screws on ...
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(Topcase) Can I use a cellophane tape to attach the part where it needs an extra adhesive?

I have a plan to use a cellophane tape to attach the button-looking plug (the orange circle on picture) on the top case to prevent physical disconnection from the inside while I’m using the machine. ...
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Activated "Mouse Keys" on my macbook to simulate click with "i" key, now I can´t login anymore

I have an older macbook pro (maybe 2016 or so) - I´m not sure what OSX version it is but I updated it some months ago so it´s likely the latest compatible one. Now somehow the mousepad stopped ...
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How to capture signal sent to browser by CMD + click on trackpad?

I posted a similar question on Apple's "Community" website, but this question is more focused: Is there a way of finding out what signal is sent to the browser when CMD + click is used on a ...
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Macbook Pro 13" Retina Late 2013 trackpad replacement

I'm having troubles with replacing the trackpad on my MBPr 13" Late 2013. I've tried two replacement parts. With the first part only click works, but nothing else (I cannot move the mouse pointer at ...
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Keyboard and trackpad not working on a 2015 MacBook Pro running macOS Catalina

I have a MacBook Pro (Early 2015) and roughly 2 years ago, the keyboard and the trackpad stopped working. So I stopped using it. Two days ago, I had the idea to try it again. And it did still not work....
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Is there any way to use trackpad force touch for right click?

On macOS 14.5, 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. Is there some tool or ...
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How to move mouse with 2 fingers on trackpad?

How can I change the default behaviour for the two-fingers gesture from scrolling to mouse movement? That is to say: When I put two fingers on my trackpad, and move them, I want the mouse pointer on-...
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Disable trackpad feedback? Don't want any tactile/haptic feedback when clicking

Can I completely disable the haptic feedback from my 2015 MacBook Pro with Retina's trackpad? I want to click without any kind of vibration/feedback. Ideally it should feel like (as I imagine it ...
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Enable keyboard shortcut to look up word in dictionary

I have been using the trackpad w/ force touch to look up the defintions of words when browsing (safari/chrome/ff/etc). It looks like this: The problem is my wrist has been bothering me as I use the ...
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Scrolling with MacBook trackpad: Is it possible to do with only one finger while a key pressed?

The normal way to scroll on a MacBook trackpad is to use two-finger scrolling. Is it possible to scroll with one finger as follows: Press and hold a key-modifier (e.g. ctrl/alt etc). Scroll using ...
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Trackpad stopped working on 2019 MacBook Pro 2019

For testing purposes, I created a new user profile, and the trackpad is working as usual! However, It is still not working on my main user profile. I did the following with no success so far: Re-...
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Is it possible to set the click force higher than system settings allows?

Is it possible to edit whatever plist contains magic trackpad preferences (MacBook Pro 2023) on Ventura to increase the force required for regular click beyond what the "slider" in system ...
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Why does my mouse have Parkinson's?

For a while, my mouse pointer has been vibrating as if it had Parkinson's disease, at a frequency of around 3 Hz with a displacement of a few pixels. I have no clue why it does that. It happens ...
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Make a keyboard shortcut to do three finger swipes

How do I create a keyboard combination that can be held down to treat the successive mouse moves as if they were three-finger-on-trackpad movements? So I can hold down e.g. cmd and shift, then move ...
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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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"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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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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Why do the interface objects (eg cursor, cmd+tab, swiping across desktops) seem completely unaffected by lag?

Whenever my MacBook Air 2015 experiences lag, most apps and interactions are slow to respond and often send my mouse into pinwheeling. However, the mouse cursor and trackpad shortcuts (four-finger ...
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Force click without an apple trackpad?

On a macbook, we can use force click on trackpad to loop up words or do some other things. However, an "ordinary" mouse does not have the hardware for force click. How can we trigger force ...
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How to fix selecting text and scrolling stops half way with M1 trackpad?

The method used to select text without scrolling: click the index finger on the touchpad Use the middle finger to move the cursor to the end of the selection The method used to select text with ...
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Remap two-finger trackpad scrolling to right click hold plus scrolling for a video game

I am playing World of Warcraft on the trackpad, and there are two important actions: a) Cursor movement: 1-finger movement. b) Camera movement: 1-finger movement while holding right click. It works ...
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Invert swipe direction in "Swipe between full-screen apps" trackpad gesture

In the Trackpad gestures available here, it shows Swipe between full-screen apps. The description says: "Swipe left or right with four fingers2 to move between desktops and full-screen apps."...
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Trackpad button is unavailable when creating signature in Preview

When I try to create a signature, Camera and iPhone are available to create a signature, but the Trackpad button is not active. How can I get my trackpad to work as a caputure device?
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Can't disable Macbook Pro M1 Trackpad Force click by editing .GlobalPreferences.plist

I'm learning how to make a dotfiles backup/restore system for my Macbook Pro M1 (on Monterey 12.7). I was trying to run some: defaults write commands to see how it will affect the OS. Some of the ...
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trackpad's double tab function contradictions?

I always turn on tap to click because I feel that is easier to use trackpad. Then I find one inconvenience of it. I like double-click to zoom feature in window title But I also like double-tab to ...
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Trackpad going crazy

A few days ago, I don't know what happened, possibly nothing but my 13" MacBook Pro trackpad started acting weird. Did I spill water? Food? Shook it? Pressured it? Any of these might have ...
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How can I toggle Natural Scrolling in macOS Sonoma 14.0 without using third-party software?

I want to toggle natural scrolling without using third-party software, as is done here and here. However, these scripts no longer work in macOS Sonoma 14.0 because the layout of the System Settings ...
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How to right-drag using trackpad only, for Windows on MacBook

Is there ANY way -- either from Apple or via third party utility software -- to enable the built-in TrackPad on a MacBook Pro laptop to do a real "right-click drag" function? Note I'm asking for ...
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Why is it difficult to drag with the Magic Trackpad 2?

I am using a Magic Trackpad 2. I do a lot of design, so I have to drag and move items several hours a day. I click with my right thumb near the bottom of the Trackpad, and I drag with my index finger. ...
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Simultaneous left and right click with trackpad

I'm trying to play a game on my MacBook (The Settlers under DOSBox) that makes use of something the manual calls a "special click": holding down the right mouse button and clicking the left mouse ...
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MacBook without battery thinks it has no trackpad (when it has)

New mac user here. Just got hold of two well kept MacBook pro 2012 running MacOS Catalina. One of them has no battery and runs directly on AC power (plugged in). The other one has batteries that need ...
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MacBook Pro having issues with the battery and the trackpad

So my mom has a MacBook Pro A1502 and the trackpad was having some issues so I took out the battery to see if it was something with the cable. When I powered back on the computer the trackpad was ...
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Misbehaving right click on MB Pro's trackpad [closed]

my MB is a few months old and I dont know if the trackpad is starting to misbehave just now or it's been like this the whole time and I just didnt notice. Problem description: The trackpad is set to ...
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How to separate "mouse" and "trackpad" settings?

In System Preferences > Mouse there's a setting "Scroll direction: natural", which I don't like, so I unset. The problem is that this also unsets the setting for Trackpad, which I do like. How can ...
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How to Prevent Accidental Touch pad Activation Triggering Privacy & Security Window on MacBook Pro 16

I'm facing a rather frustrating issue with my MacBook Pro 16. While typing, I often accidentally touch the Touch pad, which triggers the Privacy & Security window to pop up. This is becoming quite ...
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Is there a way to turn cursor acceleration off on MacBook's trackpad (not for mouse) with using Terminal? [duplicate]

I turned acceleration off on mouse but there is not an option for trackpad to turn it off. I don't want to download 3rd party software to fix this problem, is it possible to solve it with Terminal? I ...
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In Terminal how do I re-enable trackpad swiping on chrome?

I used the following terminal text to disable trackpad back swiping on chrome: defaults write com.google.Chrome AppleEnableSwipeNavigateWithScrolls -bool FALSE How do I undo this command to regain ...
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How can I fix my iPad Magic Keyboard when everything works except the trackpad?

I’ve got the Magic Keyboard (the one with the hinge that holds the iPad Pro suspended in air above the number keys) and everything works except the trackpad. I can go into the settings app General >...
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Macbook Pro M2 Trackpad click feedback barely noticable

I've been using my Macbook Pro M2 for a few months and couldn't complain. However, since yesterday I can barely notice the haptic click feedback of the trackpad. I have not changed anything in the ...
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How to enable horizontal scroll on `less` with trackpad?

I want to use my trackpad in macOS to scroll less horizontally. Is there a way to do this?
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Macbook keyboard and trackpad behaving strangely - vowels don't work?

The keyboard and trackpad of my early 2015 Macbook Retina started behaving strangely. Keyboard is replaced two years ago and should work fine. This all seems like a software problem. Trackpad ...
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MacBook swiping between workstations not working

I have seen people using two, three, or four fingers swipe left and right across to move to different workspaces and apps (i.e. Google, Spotify, or Discord) I can swipe up and down with three fingers ...
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Magic trackpad 3 delay with 144 Hz monitor

I have MBP M1pro 14''. I want to buy external keyboard, monitor 144Hz and magic trackpad 3 (It is black color and I am not sure, but I assume it is third generation). I have read that polling rate of ...
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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 to set up a shortcut for 2 finger trackpad scrolling?

I would like to set up a keyboard shortcut (say Command + Left Arrow and command + Right Arrow) to do the same thing as 2 finger Left/Right scrolling. Or, map the mousewheel to this input. How to do ...
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On three-finger-swipe down: execute custom command or keyboard stroke

macOS has built-in funcitonality to drag stuff around with three-finger gestures, but I want the gesture to close the current window. I had BetterTouchTool configured to send CMD-W keystroke on my old ...
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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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How can I use the TrackPad's force touch as copy paste function in terminal?

Since MacBook Pro 2015, Apple introduced the "Force Touch" in the Track Pad. When you click it in the Terminal, by default it gives you dictionary/Wikipedia search results. I would like to change it ...
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Tap to click only on Magic Trackpad

Is there a way to configure the Magic Trackpad with tap-to-click without having tap-to-click on the built-in trackpad of a MacBook Air?

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