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 make force-click in finder show info on item?

How can I change the action of the force click in finder from preview (which I find useless most of the time) to Get Info (which I use very frequently)?
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macOS High Sierra: Can't use Mouse and MacBook Trackpad at the same time

Using a Mouse at the same time as being able to use the built-in Trackpad of a MacBook has worked in previous versions of macOS. But with macOS High Sierra, 10.13.0, they don't work in parallel ...
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How can I make the trackpad (not mouse) significantly faster?

Context I run a three screen setup and it takes forever to get from side to side when using the trackpad even when set to max in settings. I'm looking for (and thought I had found) a solution that ...
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Really Strange Behaviour on Trackpad/Keyboard [duplicate]

Macbook Pro / Sierra /Model 1502 My Touchpad stopped clicking. I could move the pointer around but couldn't click. Then I plugged in an external mouse. Still couldn't click but the right click worked ...
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Trackpad not working MacBook Pro [duplicate]

I am having issue with my trackpad of MacBook Pro Retina early 2015, As it was working properly a day before, the Hardware Keyboard and other things working properly. I did tried Reseting SMC, PRAM, ...
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Trackpad and Keyboard work on login screen, but sometimes don't after login

For some time (I'm on macOS Sierra right now, but I've got the problem at least since Yosemite), my MacBook Pro Mid 2010 acts weird. Even though keyboard/trackpad always work up until the login screen,...
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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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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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El Capitan app/extn to allow whole-screen zoom with just trackpad

I need to do self deep tissue massage on my back each night. I roll around on the floor on top of a tennis ball for a half hour. During this time I watch stuff on my MacBook Pro, which is running El ...
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Strange jumping cursor on MacBook Pro 15" Retina mid-2015 El Capitan when typing

Using MBP (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015), 2.8GHz Intel Core I7 16GB 1600 Mhz DDR3 AMD Radeon R9 M370X 2048 MB 1 TB Apple SSD Top shelf system. Running OS X El Capitan 10.11.6. While typing, in almost ...
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Trackpad on Late 2016 MBP Stops Working When USB Gamepad Is Attached or ControllerMate Is Running

I have been user ControllerMate to optimize my workflow when using an external keyboard to trigger macros with Keyboard Maestro. This worked very well until recently, when I installed an update for ...
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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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Trackpad stops working late at night

May sound silly, but for the past few weeks, if I'm on my Macbook Pro (mid-2012) late at night (say, post-1 a.m.) - and I often am! - my trackpad will stop working. I can't move the cursor or click, ...
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Keyboard and Touchpad stopped working - MacBook Pro 15" - Mid 2009

Today after opening the lid I found out that TouchPad and Keyboard doesn't work. I tried with an external USB mouse, but no success. However, keys work during the startup when I'm trying PRAM reset. ...
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How to disable trackpad tap completely? Force only actual clicks

I have OS Sierra 10.12.5 on a MBP late 2016 - it's got the big beautiful trackpad. I love the trackpad, but I hate how it always clicks when I don't want it to. I want a trackpad that only clicks ...
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I am unable to write my signature using the trackpad in Preview.app

I click on the signature button in the Preview.app toolbar: The following box pops up: I click on the Click Here To Begin button. The box is now ready for input: However, I cannot get any markings ...
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Trackpad and Keyboard malfunctioning

I have a MacBook Pro Early 2011 (now vintage) running macOS Sierra without any problem whatsoever. However, my trackpad sometimes (very frequently) starts to malfunction or stops to function at all. I ...
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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 2016 Left Click lag in games?

I've recently purchased a 2016 13-inch MacBook Pro w/ Touch Bar and I've noticed something incredibly strange when playing games. Left-clicking with any pointer (either the trackpad or mouse) results ...
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How to specify what dictionaries should be used by click and press on trackpad?

When I hover on some word and force touch on it then some popup appears and there is the meaning of the selected word. Here is this popup: How I can specify what dictionaries should be used by this ...
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Enable force touch lookup in Chrome

I would like to enable Force Touch Lookup in Chrome (like on Safari, when you force touch a link it loads a preview). I've read somewhere that Chromium was working on it but when I checked the project'...
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Force Click to preview items in Safari doesn't work

I tried to change to tap with three finger and it works on all Safari, Mail, Note,... When I changed to Force Click to Lookup data and defectors, it doesn't work on Safari, but every other apps go ...
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TrackPad Speed and Mouse Speed - Resets to slow every time

I ran into this weird situation. Background: I was trying to shutdown my Mac, but the Mac was waiting on another program asking me to save the file or not. I didn't notice the prompt and closed the ...
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MBP 2013 keyboard & trackpad freeze after USB disconnect while sleeping

MacBook Pro 2013 retina. Sometimes I plug my phone into one of the USB ports to charge it. Sometimes I close the MBP and let the phone keep charging. Sometimes I then unplug the phone without waking ...
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How to automatically disable trackpad when I am coding with vim in iTerm2?

As the touchpad is bigger now, when I am coding in vim, my thumbs occasionally touch the trackpad and thus move the cursor to somewhere else, which is extremely annoying. How to disable trackpad ...
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Is there a USB trackpad

I would like to use a track pad on a Windows machine. The catch is : I would like to use it through a KVM switch. Thus I cannot pair it with Bluetooth. I am looking for a USB track pad that I ...
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Trackpad and Magic Mouse not working properly after Sierra 10.12.4 update

I’ve updated the OS to Sierra 10.12.4 on my Macbook Pro Retina after which Magic Mouse started going crazy with the scrolling speed significantly increased (even with the minimum scrolling speed set ...
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Can the haptic feedback level be lowered on the ForceTouch trackpad for MacBook Pro?

The haptic feedback on the Force Touch Trackpad is too loud/clicky for my preferences. I run macOS 10.12.3 (16D32) on the 15 inch TouchBar model MacBook Pro if that matters - but this persists to the ...
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How do I access workspaces by number on macOS Sierra?

I'm running macOS Sierra 0.12.3 (16D32). By exploding the desktop (four finger swipe up on trackpad) and then moving the mouse to the top bar I can create/update/destroy my workspaces. With a four-...
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Trackpad on MacBook Pro 8,2 (15'' early 2011) goes crazy on power

Whenever I connect the AC power cord the trackpad behaves erratically. If I disconnect the computer sometimes returns to normal, sometimes not. Some background: My computer is originally from the ...
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Stiff trackpad on Macbook air

I just got a used Early 2015 Macbook Air. I got it a bit cheap, due to the trackpad being stiff. Basically when I first open it, it registers all clicks, although I need to press somewhat hard. But ...
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How can I diagnose if a failing trackpad has a hardware or software cause?

My trackpad is misbehaving, it randomly interprets clicks as swipes and the cursor jumps around or lags on the screen. How can I find out if this is a hardware or software issue? I'm on a MacBook ...
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Zoom in or out with trackpad stops working

I am using OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 (15G1217) on a MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Early 2015). Sometimes when reading PDF's I notice I suddenly can not use the trackpad zoom feature anymore. It is not ...
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Apple AHT occasionally freezing MacBook Pro late 2011 OS X Lion

Running Apple Hardware Test (AHT) repeatedly on a late 2011 Macbook Pro over Wi-Fi (Option D). Completes the process sometimes and says no problems but sometimes freezes (has done so during RAM ...
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Using MacBook Pro as keyboard/mouse for Windows computer

Is it possible to use a MacBook as a keyboard/mouse on a Windows computer, so everything I did on the MacBook would be reflected on the Windows computer? Would this be possible perhaps in some form of ...
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Trackpad malfunction after last macOS update (Sierra 10.12.3)

I am looking for information / help from someone who might experienced similar issue in the past or has knowledge about the problem described below. During last week I have been experiencing issues ...
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Choppy mouse on macOS Sierra 10.12.3? (Both trackpad and wired)

My mouse movement periodically becomes choppy/jumpy after maybe an hour of use. The problem goes away temporarily with a reboot, but it returns before long. This seems to happen regardless of RAM ...
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Use Force Click to open link in a new tab in Safari?

I know it's possible to open a link a new tab by holding Cmd ⌘ when clicking a link. However, I think it would be great if I could simply use Force Touch for this - then my hands wouldn't have to ...
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Middle mouse button stops working from time to time

I have a very strange problem, and it started since I got my LG 5K Ultrafine screen and started using an external keyboard and mouse. I usually notice it in Blender, so it might be related to that. ...
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How to make the right side of the trackpad of a MacBook Air behave as a right click?

I have a MacBook Air running OS X El Capitan. No matter where I click on the built-in trackpad, it behaves as if I am left-clicking. To right-click, I must hold control, then click the trackpad. Is ...
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Receiving “USB devices disabled: Unplug the device using too much power” upon login. Built-in keyboard and trackpad sometimes become unresponsive

Hardware Macbook Air 13" mid-2013 (running macOS Sierra) with no USB devices plugged in (except a Logitech wireless mouse that I never have plugged in while the laptop boots up). Problem I receive ...
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MacBook force click as secondary click [duplicate]

Is there a way I can use the force click on my MacBook trackpad as a right click (secondary click)?
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Magic mouse smart zoom not available on trackpad

Smart zoom on the magic mouse allows to zoom on an area of page with double tap of magic mouse. Viewing the trackpad options this smart zoom does not appear available ? Is there a workaround ?
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Mouse click event being fired on right mouse-down AND right mouse-up

I've run into an interesting issue while trying to migrate to MacOS. Whenever I go to right-click something, a click event will be fired on the initial mouse-down event, and then a click event will ...
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Macbook Air keyboard doesn't work

I have had my Macbook Air for nearly a year now. I have never had a Mac before but have enjoyed it. I cannot get my keyboard to work anymore. I have read up and rebooted it, have tried it in safe mode ...
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Restored my mac, lost a gesture [duplicate]

I used to have a gesture where I could place 2 fingers on the top bar of an application/a file and use a third finger to drag it around. What gesture is this?
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How to disable trackpad clicks while typing

Is there a way to completely disable mouse clicks while typing (including from external trackpads)? The old option 'Ignore accidental touches while typing' which is apparently enabled by default now ...
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unload kext when it is in use or retained (cannot unload)

I want to disable the trackpad on my laptop without a mouse connected. I need this strange functionality because I use synergy (https://symless.com/synergy/) and game with my desktop. This is what I ...
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Magic trackpad starts pairing but does not complete succesfully with one Macbook

I have two Macbook pro retina's: MbPro 15" retina late 2015 El Capitan MbPro 15" retina mid 2012 El Capitan The first one is able to pair with the Magic Trackpad (not the "2" - instead the older ...
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Different speed for Magic Mouse and built-in trackpad

Is there any way to set different tracking speed for Magic Mouse and for built-in trackpad? I'm using both, but Magic Mouse acts good for me at max tracking speed, but trackpad good for me at average ...