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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” 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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Can't click with trackpad or mouse (OS X 10.9, MacBook Pro)

I have a new(ish) MacBook Pro running OS X 10.9. When it boots up to the login screen it will let me move the cursor around, but it won't recognize click events. I thought it was the trackpad, so I ...
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How to properly use drag and drop with MacBook Pro on OS X 10.7?

It seems extremely hard to be able to drag and drop files between two finder windows with a single move on the trackpad - as soon you reach the end of the trackpad you'll drop the files,… in the wrong ...
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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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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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Macbook Pro TrackPad not clicking

I'm using a macbook pro, now the TrackPad could not be "clicked" when I press the bottom right corner. I couldn't do the "right click" now. This is awkward. I know that in System Preference -> ...
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How can I set a different scrolling direction for mouse and trackpad in Lion?

I want to give the new scrolling behavior in Lion a try (both on the built-in as well as on the magic trackpad). But on my Mouse (a Logitech Anywhere MX), I don't want reverse scrolling. In ...
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Bluetooth corruption on 2013 Macbook Pro

I have an Early 2013 Macbook Pro. OS Version is 10.9. I'm using a trackpad connected to the bluetooth. All of the sudden, and at random times, my trackpad will lose its connection and will not ...
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How to fix a Macbook Pro trackpad where the mouse pointer is randomly moving?

The trackpad on my Macbook Pro just started acting oddly. It's randomly clicking (which might cause me to switch programs), right-clicking and even once my screen even showed the swiping animation as ...
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How to disable three-finger tap word lookup?

Just upgraded to Mac OS X Mountain Lion, and I'm loving it so far. One thing I don't care for though is that now, three-finger tapping links—or anything, for that matter—brings up popups with the ...
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Upgrade to El Capitan, unable to use keyboard and trackpad after sleep

I have upgraded from Yosemite to El Capitan. This version is stable enough but when I let my macbook pro 15" (2013) sleeping at night and reopening at the morning, keyboard and trackpad do not work ...
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How do I change the action for Force Click on a Force Touch trackpad?

I have a new MacBook Pro Retina 13 Early 2015 with the Force Touch trackpad. It's described to have the following feature: Click and continue to press on the trackpad to enable new capabilities, ...
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Fix Mavericks vertical scrolling lock? (jerky scrolling, accidental safari back)

After installing Mavericks over Mountain Lion, my vertical scrolling is wiggly (jerky) on rMBP. Similar as in iOS, when scrolling with two fingers on touchpad down or up, a smooth motion "locks" the ...
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MacBook Pro 15" Retina Mid 2015 Trackpad Not Clicking

The trackpad on my MacBook Pro stopped clicking. I was able to enable the tap to click feature, so I can click around using that, but it's annoying to expect a click and get nothing. It's like the ...
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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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Macbook Pro with Lion: scrolling via trackpad vs. mouse

So the default scrolling behavior for the trackpad in Lion is to scroll in the direction of your finger movement similar to the iPad. This can be changed in the trackpad preferences by un-checking ...
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Disable mouse acceleration

Is there any way to disable mouse acceleration on a mac? Mouse acceleration is what causes the mouse to move slowly when moving it a tiny bit, and a farther distance when moved fast. In other words, ...
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OSX Mavericks horizontal scrolling doesn't work well in Finder?

I've noticed since updating to Mavericks last week (though this is a new Macbook, and I've been on Snow Leopard forever so not sure if this is 10.9 or 10.8 or what....) that horizontal scrolling in ...
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How to increase “tracking speed” beyond the maximum?

For a Macbook Pro, I've set trackpad settings for Three Fingers to "Dragging": However the tracking speed is too slow, and often it's impossible to drag for a larger distance due to the size of the ...
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What's the difference between one finger dragging and drag lock?

If I go into Settings > Trackpad and enable Tap to click, I can enable the settings Dragging and Drag Lock. What is the difference between these two settings? It appears that they are doing the same ...
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MacBook Air boots to strange screen showing Magic Mouse and TrackPad

Problem : I left the MacBook to be idle for a while and its keyboard and trackpad became non-responsive. I shut it down and restart 3 times (using the power button), and the MacBook now goes to a ...
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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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Disable scroll-induced antialiasing in Preview and other PDF applications

Scrolling (with two fingers on the trackpad) in Preview.app (and TeXShop.app) annoyingly blurs PDF text and I would like to disable the over-compensating anti-aliasing. I like the anti-aliasing while ...
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How to select text with touchpad without pressing the “hard” key?

Now on OS X, when I want to select some text, I have to press the "hard" key on touchpad with thumb and drag through the text with another finger on touchpad. With linux on the same macbook pro, I ...
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Enabling both trackpad Drag Lock and 3 Finger Drag at once?

OSX has two methods of dragging with the track pad, “drag lock” (double tap then drag until you tap to release) and “three finger drag” where you touch three fingers and drag until you release. The ...
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macOS Sierra scrolling behavior in Terminal is really weird

After upgrading to macOS Sierra, one of the things that bugs me is the altered scrolling behavior in Terminal, using the Trackpad. See screencast here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUWO6-oOLoA ...
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Three-finger trackpad gesture on Mission Control and Expose not working in my Mac Pro

The trackpad gesture to call Mission Control or Expose with three-fingers does sometimes not work for some reasons. It works when I use four-fingers, and it functions as usual whenever I open my ...
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Can I use SketchUp with a Macbook's trackpad?

Sketchup is designed for use with a third mouse button (particularly the pan and orbit functions). Can I emulate the third button for SketchUp using a MacBook's trackpad or user gestures?
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Secondary click in Lion with two fingers OR bottom-right corner click

I just did a clean install of Lion on my 2010 MBP. It seems as though in the system preferences for the built-in trackpad, I have the option of setting the secondary click gesture to "Click or tap ...
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How can I disable the trackpad when my mouse is plugged in on Lion?

For the last few hours my trackpad has been behaving terribly, jumping all over the place and sticking. I believe I remember there being an option to disable the trackpad when a mouse is plugged in in ...
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How to disable accidental trackpad input in Yosemite?

The solution to this problem in previous versions of OS X was a checkbox in the trackpad preferences that said "ignore accidental trackpad input." That option is no longer there in Yosemite. Is it ...
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How do I turn on 3-finger drag on trackpad (Sierra)? [closed]

I originally set my trackpad to drag items when tapping on them with three fingers but it no longer works? How do I turn it back on?
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How well does the Apple Magic Trackpad perform as a mouse replacement?

I'm planning to replace my mouse entirely with the Apple Magic Trackpad on my desktop Mac. My work involves lots of typing (both code and prose). I also use Aperture quite a bit for processing photos. ...
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How do I re-enable double tap to highlight on my trackpad?

I recently did a fresh install of 10.8. Prior to this install, I could rapidly tap twice on my touchpad and, on the second tap, drag the pointer to highlight text. Now, with this new install, that ...
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Why is the Force Touch “taptic” TrackPad not clicking/selecting on 2015 MacBook Pro?

I have a 2015 MacBook Pro running El Capitan with the new taptic force touch trackpad thing. Which, I must add, is fantastic! However, this morning I started it up to discover it would not click/...
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El Capitan : How to disable Force Click “Dictionary Pop-ups” in Chrome?

In my Chrome Browser, whenever i "Force Click" (hard clicked by one finger) upon a Word, the dictionary lookup Pop-up is always popping out. Like this: I have already DISABLED the "Force Click" ...
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Why are there two different sleep states on a MacBook?

It seems that there are two different sleep states on my MacBook: Sleep State 1: Invoked by: closing the lid or by the sleep timer. Awaken by: touching the trackpad, clicking the trackpad, pressing ...
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Palm rejection on Apple Trackpad 2

I've a new iMac with Apple keyboard and Trackpad 2. I'm coming from my old MacBook Pro to this new system and wanted a similar keyboard and trackpad arrangment, so I got one of these I love it, BUT ...
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Mouse cursor jittery when hover state on browsers in OS X Lion

I recently upgraded to OS X Lion from Snow Leopard. One bug I've found is that in browsers (Firefox, Safari, Chrome, Opera), when you hover over any link, the cursor doesn't only change, it jitters ...
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Is it possible to turn off the trackpad low battery notification? [duplicate]

Generally speaking I like to change the battery once the battery is completely used up, but the system will kept notifying me once the percentage dropped below 20%. Is there a way to turn it off (or ...
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Force Click Not Working on Macbook

Recently got a new Macbook Pro. It has Force click technology where you can lookup the definition of words by clicking hard on the trackpad. It worked bon day1 but it does not seem to work anymore and ...
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Natural Scroll Direction: On with trackpad, Off with mouse

I already tried this: Changing trackpad scroll direction with AppleScript in Yosemite But it didn't work. What I need is when I use the internal macBook Pro trackpad, natural scroll direction is ...
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Keyboard and Trackpad stop working on brand new Macbook Pro with Mavericks?

I just got a brand new Macbook Pro (2.4 GHz Intel Core i5) with OS X 10.9 Mavericks preinstalled. It's working great and I love the retina screen, but I've had a recurring issue daily where the ...
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Why can't I left click on my Macbook Pro?

I have a Macbook Pro (Retina, Late 2012) running OS X El Capitan (10.11.13). What works: Secondary click with two fingers Feel/sound of trackpad click (no noticeable change in the feel of the ...
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How do I clean behind the trackpad on a late 2010 MacBook Pro?

Lately I've noticed the trackpad on my MacBook Pro has been getting stuck from time to time and generally isn't as clicky as it used to be. It feels to me like there's something stuck behind the ...
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Triple finger tap for middle click?

I can single tap my trackpad for a left click, and tap it with two fingers for a right click. Is there any way to bind a three finger tap to perform a middle click? I tried MagicPrefs, but it's ...
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How to diagnose insertion point/trackpad jitters?

When I’m typing in any application (e.g. Chrome, Safari, MS Word, Evernote), the insertion point often jumps around unexpectedly. I have this problem with the builtin trackpad and my magic trackpad at ...
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MacBook Pro 2013 keyboard and trackpad completely freeze

The problem Every once in while the keyboard and trackpad completely stop working and I have no way to affect the software. The mouse pointer is left frozen exactly where it was when the problem ...
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Trackpad secondary click requires more pressure than usual in Mojave beta

I've just updated my MacBook Pro Retina Early 2015 to Mojave via Apple Beta Software Program. Everything works smoothly except the Trackpad. Tap with one or tap with two or three fingers work as ...
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Save 'Look up & data detectors' history?

A system gesture I use often when reading is to force press on a word which will pull up a definition and/or wikipedia page of the selected word (referred to as 'Look up & data detectors' in ...