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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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How can I unstick my trackpad button?

The trackpad button on my 2007 Macbook Pro seems to be sticking. Specifically, it's stuck in the "down" position, which means I'm selecting pretty much everything all the time (you wouldn't believe ...
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Has Mountain Lion broken the ability to show Desktop with a gesture, begin dragging an icon, and unshow the Desktop?

I have just upgraded from Snow Leopard to Mountain Lion. Despite my initial concerns relating to the new gestures, I am actually getting on pretty well and many of the new features are welcome. I do ...
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Degeneration of Macbook Pro trackpad performacne / janky cursor movement

I have Macbook Pro 2009 model. I have been travelling with it in tropics and slowly trackpad performance has gotten worse and worse, to the point it is almost unusable. The symptoms Mouse pointer ...
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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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Double tap to drag no longer works

I used to have the double-tap-to-drag working, where I would tap the trackpad, let go, then tap-and-hold and it would begin dragging. I temporarily disabled the Tap to click setting in System ...
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How can I set the double-click speed in Lion with a multi-touch trackpad?

In Snow Leopard and earlier (or perhaps the difference was with the hardware; I don't know which as I updated my computer and OS simultaneously), there was a preference under Trackpad to change the ...
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Keyboard and trackpad not working, SMC reset seems possible

I have a MacBook Pro, 13-inch, Mid 2009 with OS X 10.9.5. I suspect two things that might have caused the trouble: Recently I had to replace the keyboard. After replacing the keyboard everything ...
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Increase sensitivity of Trackpad?

I currently have the sensitivity level to the max, but I still feel its kind of slow for my liking. Is there a way I can make the trackpad on my rMBP even more sensitive ?
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Alter inertia scrolling behaviour in Mountain Lion

I like how with inertia scrolling you can swipe harder to scroll further down the page, but what I don't like is how the scrolling speeds up quite a bit as you scroll. This was not the behavior in ...
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What are some unusual uses of the MacBook trackpad?

You know, the MacBook has such a beautiful trackpad. Are there applications that use its power for music-making, drawing, or anything else unusual?
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Is there any way to rotate a magic trackpad?

I want to use my magic trackpad while it's rotated, as if in 'portrait' mode. I can't find any option to make it work like this, unlike a display Rotation option. Is there a way for me to use it ...
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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 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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How to speed up “three finger drag” delay on release?

It takes about 300ms after a three finger drag for it to take effect. I notice the delay because an actual click drag releases instantly Anyone know of a hack to get rid of it??
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OSX 10.9 - Two finger click for middle click?

I just got a new macbook (OSX 10.9), I used one previously (also recent OSX version) where I had 2-finger click to act as a middle click in firefox (open new tab, close tab, etc). I also had right ...
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Using all trackpad gestures via Apple Remote Desktop

How is possible send all trackpad gestures via Apple Remote Desktop.app (ARD)? Some working, some not, especially don't works gestures: mission control (4 fingers up) exposee (4 fingers down) ...
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Can water seep into my laptop through the sides of the trackpad?

If I use the my laptop while my hands are (very) wet, will the water get into the insides of the computer through the gaps at the side of the trackpad?
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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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2015 13" MacBook Pro Trackpad and Keyboard stop working

Recently the keyboard and trackpad on my 2015 13" MacBook Pro have stopped working. This is the second laptop to do this, the same issue happened about 6 months ago and Apple gave me a new one when ...
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The keyboard and trackpad on my MacBook Pro 3,1 stopped working. How to solve this problem?

The keyboard and trackpad on my macbook pro 3.1 stopped working after having frozen the operating system and reboot. On my Mac I have Windows installed BootCamp and neither does the keyboard and ...
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Can I disable pinch to show all open tabs in Safari?

Too often, when I try to move my cursor and click, or try to drag something or select text, and my two fingers end up on the trackpad at the same time, all my open tabs shrink into this view: This 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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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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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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How to fix slow trackpad: OSX 10.12.2

I just installed the latest patch for Sierra, so am now on 10.12.2. Post-upgrade my pointer controlled through trackpad runs very slow when I open the laptop. I can fix it by opening System ...
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Severe Bluetooth Connectivity Issues - OS X Yosemite+El Capitan

Ever since Yosemite, Bluetooth connectivity on my very modern MBP w/Retina has been absolute garbage. My workspace includes the Apple wireless keyboard + Magic Trackpad, and I usually am also using ...
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Keyboard and Trackpad not working after login after spilling liquid

I accidentally spill some liquid on the keyboard of my MacBook Air. It wasn't too much and I turned off the computer right way. The computer works perfectly fine, but after I log in the keyboard and ...
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Is it possible to reassign the “Pinch with thumb and three fingers” gesture to activate Dashboard instead of Launchpad?

I don't really have a use for Launchpad, but the gesture to me makes sense for Dashboard. I experimented a little with BetterTouchTool, but it doesn't have the gesture available, and I'm not sure it ...
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Mouse pointer intermittently jumps to corner of screen

I recently got two new Macs, an iMac (with magic trackpad) and a MacbookAir (both the most recent models - mid 2011 and both with Lion). They are both suffering from the same issue so I don't think it'...
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Secondary click and primary click at the same time?

Is it possible to do this without owning an external mouse or having the latest multi-touch trackpads? I need to do this for games originally made for windows, but either run through wine or ported ...
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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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MacBook Pro keyboard and Trackpad not working. All solutions found have failed

I have a 13-inch early 2015 Macbook Pro with Retina display, and today the keyboard and trackpad stopped working completely. (I have OS X 10.11.5 if that's relevant. I can't update to sierra, as a ...
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Disabling the trackpad from the command line

How can I disable the trackpad (without restarting my computer) from the command-line on OS X Mavericks?
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How can I scroll to the top/bottom of web page with a three finger gesture?

I'd like to use a three finger swipe to scroll to the top or bottom of a web page. Is there a way to make that work?
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Should I buy a trackpad?

I've never really been a huge fan of trackpads but after playing with the official Apple Magic Trackpad using Lion, I have to admit, I loved the full screen swiping and using two fingers to swipe ...
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How can I turn off Bluetooth with only keyboard actions?

A trackpad in another room was interfering with my ability to use my laptop's native trackpad, such that I could not click on anything. I wanted to either turn off bluetooth or disconnect the ...
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Why won't my new MBP actually shutdown when I click “Shutdown…” in the “apple” menu

This is related to this other question Prevent MacBook Pro from turning on by touching trackpad. My new MacBook Pro (MBP) seems to fails to actually shutdown when clicking "Shutdown..." in the "apple"...
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Magic Trackpad 2 became less responsive

I've been happily using Magic Trackpad 2 for exactly a year and a week (suspicious ;)) and today it started acting strange - I'm using only three gestures mainly (dictionary lookup, two finger scroll ...
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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 unresponsive, or reverted and speed very fast

My device: Macbook Pro early 2011, Yosemite 10.10.4 Since a bit more than a month now, I experience some problems with my trackpad. At first, it would start to be reverted with very fast speed (...
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How do I enable “native” scrolling for Emacs?

I have two MacBooks running Emacs (both 24.3). On one of them, I get same smooth, native scrolling like I do in Chrome, Finder, or whatever, but not on the other one. To make it work a bit better, I ...
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Unflip mouse buttons in Microsoft RDC client

I have used an older version of Microsoft RDC client on an old MBP with mouse on the left side of the keyboard. I had flipped the left and right mouse buttons of the mouse in preferences, which made ...
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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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Macbook 13" retina trackpad stuck

My trackpad is stuck in the downer position, it doesn't "click up" again. I can still use my trackpad for tapping and it functions just like before but I cant click it so it goes down, it is stuck ...
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How can I change the scrolling direction of the mouse, independently of the trackpad? [duplicate]

In System Preferences > Trackpad > Scroll & Zoom, there is a checkbox called Scroll Direction: Normal, which allows us to change the scrolling direction of the trackpad, but it also changes ...
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How do I Change Force Touch “taptic” or haptic feedback on MacBook Pro?

I love my new MBP Retina but I would like to change the amount the Force Touch vibrates. I know there are the settings called Light, Medium and Firm to change not only the amount it vibrates but also ...
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What drivers should I install to use the trackpad “two finger swipe” on Windows 7 running under VirtualBox?

I'm using Oracle VirtualBox to run several VMs on my MacBook and am unable to use the trackpad to "two finger swipe" to the previous webpage under Win 7. I'm guessing this is a driver issue. Since ...
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How do I get three finger gestures working again in Twitter for Mac after installing Lion?

After installing Lion, three finger gestures no longer work in the Twitter for Mac app. (I've gotten used to swiping left with three fingers to go "back" after—for example—clicking on a person's ...
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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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Configure Swipe between full screen apps

Im using my macbookpro with external everything, computer is closed. Im missing the trackpad tho.. Is there a way to configure the trackpad option 'swipe between full screen apps'on my mouse? Im ...