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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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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 ...
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How to set “Tap to click” on guest accounts in macOS Mojave?

I setup new MacBooks with macOS Mojave having the "Tap to click" setting on in Trackpad settings. However, when a guest user logs in, this isn't set. Almost all other Trackpad settings are the same as ...
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MacBook trackpad unresponsive, not a hardware issue, plist problem?

On a macbook (unibody late 2008) the trackpad is unresponsive after normal boot. The arrow simply stays in the upper left corner. Adding a cable Apple mouse does not solve the problem. Neither do safe ...
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Macbook Air Mid 2012 on Sierra: FileVault killed my keyboard and trackpad

Recently I decided to enable FileVault on my MBA mid 2012 running Sierra 10.12. Things that happened so far in a chronological order: After turning it on in Settings.app it seemed stuck so I forced ...
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How can I avoid accidental right-clicks now that the Macbook trackpad is so big?

I just bought a summer-2018 Macbook Pro, with a very big trackpad. The result is that I frequently experience accidental right-clicks when I click but one of my other fingers is touching the trackpad....
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Mojave scroll left/right not working properly for native apps

I updated my mac to macOS Mojave and I am facing problems for native apps when I scroll left or right, for instance: On Safari, I can't go to the previous page scrolling to the left (works on Chrome) ...
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Right-click context menu appears slowly with two finger tap instead of two finger click

In order to right-click or secondary-click I have elected to use a two-finger tap, like so: The problem is that it always takes at least a second for the contextual menu to show up, sometimes slower. ...
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MBP trackpad not working, but Apple (store) got it to work during reinstallation of macOS

MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Mid 2014, macOS Sierra 10.12.6). My built-in trackpad can click (sometimes) but not point, scroll, zoom, or perform gestures, so I have to use a USB Logitech mouse. ...
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MacBook Pro built-in keyboard and trackpad not working, PRAM reset needed

The keyboard and trackpad of my MacBook Pro 2015 suddenly stopped working. I searched the Internet and did a SMC and PRAM reset with an external keyboard. The PRAM reset (I reset the PRAM with ...
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MacBook Air (2015) Trackpad and keyboard not working [duplicate]

My MacBook Air's internal keyboard and Trackpad have stopped working. To be honest, she had a bit of a fall about 2 weeks ago, about 3 feet onto carpet, it has worked fine ever since yesterday. I ...
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Apple Magic Trackpad - Avoid accidental cursor movement

I am in the process of switching from a 13" MacBook Pro to an iMac which has external Apple wireless keyboard and Trackpad, and I am struggling with the transition due to Trackpad. I tried using the ...
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Magic Trackpad 2 force touch settings Problem iMac!

I have Magic Trackpad 2 I use on my iMac 2013 When I bought it worked without problems for a few weeks. But now I have a problem, my iMac recognizes it as trackpad 1 When you go to settings then ...
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How to start App Expose without using Force Touch or the keyboard?

I know there was a way to trigger App Expose, by pointing the mouse cursor over an dock icon, and scrolling the mouse wheel. As far as I remember, it was something I had to enable with the "defaults" ...
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Change Click Firmness of Apple Magic Trackpad 2

I just started using a Magic Trackpad 2 with my 2013 Mac Pro running macOS High Sierra (10.13.6). I expect to be able to change the firmness required to click and activate Force Click. However, in my ...
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Preferences changes using “defaults” not applied

I'm a CLI enthusiast and, as such, I've been a extensive user of brew, cask, m, mas, softwareupdate and so on. I've even written some tutorials about them (check here and there). Right now, I'm ...
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Trackpad cursor moving around on its own and clicking anywhere

I own a Macbook Pro Late 2011 model and recently the trackpad's cursor is behaving weirdly - it moves around on its own and it clicks anywhere. I am guessing I need to change my trackpad ? link Will ...
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When I click on my terminal, strange characters appear

The problem I have happens after a ssh connection has been ended by closing my MacBook (putting it in stand-by mode). I come back and it's written broken pipe. When I click on the terminal window, a ...
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How to: Disable trackpad entirely (NOT only when a external mouse is connected)

MBP mid-2012 - OSX HiSierra - 10.13 For context...I'll answer the first question most of you will (should) have. Why would I ever want to do this? I want to have ZERO access to a mouse of any type???...
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Unresponsive Keyboard and Trackpad in Macbook Pro High Sierra 10.13.5

I have a strange issue with this macbook. The built in keyboard and trackpad just all of a sudden died (no light in caps lock for example). Nothing works. But if I plug in a usb mouse and external ...
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MacBook Pro Touch Bar 2016 Haptic feedback not working

I have a MacBook Pro with touch bar from late 2016. I was using my MacBook Pro normally by watching video's. After a view video's I closed my MacBook Pro and came back later. When I opened it again I ...
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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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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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Switch between fullscreen apps, wrap around?

I have multiple full screen applications running on my Mac. I use three finger swipe to scroll through them. When they are in order I have to move from app 1 to app n by swiping n times. Is there a ...
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How to configure a Trackpad to connect automatically to two different Macs?

I have a private Trackpad, which I use at work also. I want that the Trackpad connect itself automatically to both computers. If I use the Trackpad only on one Mac it connects itself automatically (...
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Water-damaged Macbook Pro - everything except keyboard and trackpad works

A family member gave me a 13" mid-2015 Macbook Pro that had been water-damaged. Besides the battery being dead, the computer booted up fine. The only two things that don't work are the keyboard and ...
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disable two-finger scrolling

Can I set up a keyboard shortcut to toggle two-finger scrolling on my trackpad? In some situations, like when watching videos on youtube, VLC, or playing video games, accidental trackpad scrolling is ...
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Close mission control by repeating gesture

Currently I have mission control to activate on three fingers up as so However once mission control is activated I would expect to be able to close mission control by repeating this three fingers up ...
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Some Force Touch gestures stop working (2016 MBP 13-inch w/ Touch Bar)

Something strange sometimes happens when I'm working on my 2016 MBP 13-inch w/ Touch Bar (Mac OS 10.13.4). I don't know exactly why, but occasionally certain gestures (i.e. pinch to zoom in and zoom ...
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Can't click using trackpad on Macbook Pro (2010)

I am trying to troubleshoot a 2010 Macbook Pro with a trackpad that won't register clicks. The trackpad makes the click-clack noise and it can be used as a pointer with no issues, but the clicks don't ...
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Double-click-and-drag to select whole words of text, but on trackpad with only touch ( no clicking) [duplicate]

With a mouse or trackpad, we can double-click in text to select an entire word. If we hold the pressing of that second click, and then drag, we can select a series of entire words in most text editing ...
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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 ...