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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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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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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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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'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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why is keyboard and touchpad not working without Wi-Fi?

My Mac (early 2015, High Sierra) suddenly started blocking off the built-in keyboard and touchpad if it's not connected to wi-fi at startup/wake-up. (This means I can't connect to any public WiFi with ...
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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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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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Macbook Air Trackpad click and drag impossible?

I want to do something I think is very simple. Select one or more files, and move those files to a folder. Obviously I can do something like this from the terminal, but sometimes I want to just use ...
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Keyboard/trackpad blackout after battery replacement

I recently replaced the A1582 battery for 13" Early 2015 Retina MacBook Pro. Initially, it worked fine, but now the keyboard and trackpad lose connection (also the deeper click of trackpad), ...
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Is it possible for the trackpad to behave like a trackball with intertial physics?

It would be neat if in trackpad settings there were a setting for this. So, if you start the pointer moving and take your finder off the trackpad, the cursor would slowly stop using the exact same ...
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Macbook Pro Trackpad 2-finger right click working intermittently

My Macbook Pro 14" Trackpad is set up to right click with a 2-finger click. It has worked perfectly well until recently, and recently I am in a country with very dry weather. It works sometimes, ...
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Trackpad on M1 Macbook Pro causing intermittent problems

I've got a Macbook Pro 2021 running Ventura 13.2.1. Not had any problems with the trackpad until recently. Problem seems to be getting worse. When I two finger scroll on Pages, or Firefox, I notice ...
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Way to increase scrolling speed beyond maximum [duplicate]

I know there's a way to increase the tracking speed, through the terminal, but what I specifically need is to increase the scrolling speed beyond the max point. I am using my Mac with a 32" 4k ...
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Trackpad handwriting does not work

On my MBP M1, handwriting input options work as designed all the way until it comes to actually drawing strokes. At that point, nothing shows up: it’s a blank “Handwriting” mini-window and nothing ...
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Prevent that when an app is assigned to All desktops, then while switching spaces it becomes visible during space switch scrolling

When I set an app to be available on all spaces Then while while scrolling to another Space using the 3/4 finger swipe gesture the Apps are visible until I completely switch to the space and than ...
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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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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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"Select text, Drag something" is broken on Trackpad on Mac OS Monterey 12.5

Not quite sure what happened but I am no longer able to "hard click" my trackpad, for example to login (click your logo) or select text, "hold and drag". To that end I have to ...
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MacBook Air (2013) internal keyboard and trackpad not working

I have MacBook Air mid-2013 and this is my problem: In Linux and Windows keyboard and touchpad works normally. But in macOS, they are not working (only the power button is working)
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Is there a way to tell my Macbook Pro to automatically toggle trackpad natural scrolling based on the presence of a mouse?

I've got a Macbook pro running Os Ventura. When I use the trackpad directly, I like natural scrolling; when I have a mouse with a scroll wheel I prefer this setting toggled off. Throughout the course ...
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How to double-tap to select a word?

Very frustrating problem. I have a new MacBook Pro/Ventura. I haven't been able to consistently double-tap to select a word. This occurs in all text applications. When I tap, the vertical bar ...
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MBP trackpad does not register click/tap [duplicate]

I have a 2013 Macbook Pro running MacOS 11.5.2 (Big Sur) which worked fine since I've had it. The machine only gets used every several months, since it's a dedicated dev machine for a specific ...
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MacBook Air M1's trackpad becomes unresponsive after closing lid

I bought a new MacBook Air M1 last summer, and it's not given me a problem until today. I was confused at first, but after exploring for a bit the problem is easy enough to reproduce. Here's what I ...
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Middle click and right click on trackpad

How can I set up middle click and right click on a trackpad? I would prefer something like: middle click = click with two fingers, right click = click with 3 fingers. Currently, only the right click ...
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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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How to fix "Show scroll bars" system preference being ignored?

macOS General System Preferences contains this option: When I select "Automatically based on mouse or trackpad", the behavior is identical to "Always". Scrollbars are always shown,...
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An app to use the mac trackpad like a touchscreen

Is there an app that can set the cursor position directly from your finger placement on the trackpad? I found the trackpad commander (https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT205770) as part of voiceover, ...
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Why does the trackpad not work when set to ignored only if a mouse is connected when the mouse is not connected?

Update: This is a question I asked before upgrading to Macbook Pro with MacOS Monterey. This now works as expected: If my bluetooth mouse is connected, the trackpad is off. If my bluetooth mouse is ...
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Macbook pro 2015 15inch a1398 trackpad not clicking after battery replacement

Today I switched out batteries on my Macbook Pro 2015 15 inch A1398. After I was done I noticed my trackpad doesn't give me feedback or lets me click/select text. My searches have so far not found ...
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Macbook Pro M1 stuck when opening the lid

I am using Macbook Pro M1 13 inch-2020, 16GB RAM with Mac OS 12.5.1 Sometimes (not always), when I close the lid and open it again after a few hours, my Macbook is stuck. It does not respond to ...
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Open new window on dock middleclick

I am using a MacBook Pro M1, and have installed MiddleClick. I am open to an Automator/AppleScript solution, but it's my first day on a Mac, so if you go down this road please explain it step by step. ...
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Does Bluetooth work during update process? Trackpad and keyboard unresponsive [closed]

My keyboard and trackpad don’t work but I’m able to use bluetooth mouse and keyboard. I’m worried about trying to update because if there’s some part of the process where I have to click next and it ...
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How to disable trackpad on M1 MacBook Pro

I found the answer on how to disable for MacBook Air. I went to accessibility -> pointer control and checked the disable when mouse is active box. Then connected my bluetooth mouse. The trackpad is ...
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How to get rid of cursor highlight?

I held down some key for too long while I was thinking and the Mac bleeped at me to intimate that some mode had been triggered, analogous to StickyKeys or FilterKeys on Windows. Now, whenever I click, ...
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