Mac: Using Trackpad

Note that on MacBook Pros there is no primary click button in front of the trackpad. Instead, the whole trackpad acts as a clickable button. This principle allows event more space for Multi-Touch gestures. To explore the Multi-Touch options, you can open System Preferences and then go to Trackpad, where you can customize gesture functions. By default, you can use these functionalities:

How to Use Trackpad on Macs

Two fingers: With two fingers you can drag to scroll up and down a page. You can pinch to zoo in and out, you can also rotate an image by circling two fingertips. Tapping with two fingers can also be used in place of the right-click.

Three fingers: If you swipe with three fingers, you can flip through images the iPhoto library.

Four fingers: An upward swipe using four fingers reveals the desktop. A downward swipe reveals all open windows. Swiping to the left or the right switches you between open applications.

The MacBook Air also supports all the Multi-Touch gestures, but, unlike the MacBook Pros, features a one-button trackpad.

Trackpad: Tips

  • Tap to click: Tap with one finger to click.
  • Secondary click: Click or tap with two fingers to perform the equivalent of Control-click or right-click.
  • Within the Trackpad preferences panel you can also choose an option to hold down a specific key, whilst sliding two fingers to zoom in on your screen pointer.
  • Smart zoom: You can double-tap with two fingers to zoom in and back out of a webpage or PDF.
  • To zoom in or out, pinch with two fingers.
  • To rotate a photo or another item, just move two fingers around each other.
  • To swipe between pages – swipe left or right with two fingers to show the previous or next page.
  • To scroll, slide two fingers up or down. Note that you can turn off trackpad scrolling in Accessibility preferences: Go to Apple menu > System Preferences. Once there click Accessibility. In the Mouse & Trackpad section, click Trackpad Options and deselect the Scrolling checkbox.
  • To open and show Notification Center, swipe left from the right edge with two fingers.
  • You can use three fingers to drag items on your screen, then click or tap to drop. You can turn on this feature in Accessibility preferences. Note also that Accessibility preferences has options for one-finger dragging: Go to Apple menu > System Preferences, and once there click Accessibility. In the Mouse & Trackpad section, click Trackpad Options. Select Enable dragging, then choose one of the drag lock options from the pop-up menu. Click the question-mark button to learn more about each option.
  • You can tap with three fingers to look up a word or take other actions with dates, addresses, phone numbers, and other data.
  • To show desktop, just spread your thumb and three fingers apart.
  • To display Launchpad, pinch your thumb and three fingers together.
  • To open Mission Control, swipe up with four fingers (Note that in some versions of macOS, this gesture uses three fingers instead of four).
  • App Exposé: Swipe down with four fingers to see all windows of the app you’re using. (Note also that in some versions of macOS, this gesture uses three fingers instead of four).
  • To swipe between full-screen apps: Swipe left or right with four fingers to move between desktops and full-screen apps. (Note also that in some versions of macOS, this gesture uses three fingers instead of four).
  • You can configure a specific area of the trackpad to act as the right-click trigger when tapped with a single finger. Look for the option under System Preferences – Trackpad.

A Few Words about Mouse Gestures

  • For a secondary click click the right side of the mouse.
  • To scroll slide one finger up or down to scroll.
  • To smart zoom double-tap with one finger to zoom in and back out of a webpage or PDF.
  • To open Mission Control, double-tap with two fingers.
  • To swipe between full-screen apps – swipe left or right with two fingers to move between desktops and full-screen apps.
  • To swipe between pages – swipe left or right with one finger to show the previous or next page.

Troubleshooting with Trackpad

If your trackpad is not working properly, you can do the following:

  • Check for updates to install and run the latest version of the operating system, the latest firmware, or the latest drivers. To see if any updates are available for your trackpad, open the App Store, then click on the Updates tab at the top of the window.
  • Check your settings as the issue can be fixed by simply tweaking a couple of options. For example, if your trackpad seems fully functional with the exception of its ability to double click, it is possible that the time delay for your system to recognize the gesture has been set too low. Or if your tackpad is completely unresponsive your system may be set up to ignore trackpad input when a mouse is detected. As long as you’re running OS X 10.7 Mountain Lion or beyond, you can change the setting by heading to System Preferences > Accessibility > Mouse & Trackpad.  Untick the checkbox next to Ignore built-in trackpad when mouse or wireless trackpad is present.

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How To Use MacBook Pro TrackPad Gestures (Touch Pad). Published by DHTV – Dan on July 22, 2012. In this video I will be showing you step by step on how to use the MacBook Pro track pad gestures. If you use the trackpad or the touch pad then this video is for you.

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