Trackpad plays the most important role on using MacBook, especially when mouse isn’t present. How to adjust Trackpad behavior?
Note : It’s obvious that reading this article won’t be useful for those Macs without trackpad. And, I’m not discussing MacBook Air’s smart trackpad here.
Trackpad Preferences Pane
It’s really easy to find this pane. These simple steps will do.
- Go inside Apple ▸ System Preferences…
- Click on
Keyboard & Mouseunder Hardware section
- You will see 4-5 tabs inside, i.e. Keyboard, Trackpad, Mouse, Bluetooth, and Keyboard Shortcuts. Choose
- Now, you’re already inside Trackpad Preferences Pane
Inside Trackpad Preferences Pane, three sliders will stand out of crowd. These sliders control tracking speed, double-click speed and scrolling speed. I set my MacBook’s tracking speed to 70%-80% of its maximum, double-clicking speed 80% and scrolling speed 20%. These settings fit me, but you are free to set your own preferences.
Define Trackpad Gestures
There are several gestures you can perform with trackpad :
- Moving Cursor : One finger
Gesture : One finger’s movement
Checkbox : – (this gesture always works)
- Scrolling Page
Gesture : Two fingers’ movement
Use two fingers to scrolland
Allow horizontal scrolling
Gesture : Pressing selected modifier key along with two fingers’ movement
Zoom while holding
Gesture : Tapping with one finger (two fingers for right-clicking)
Gesture : Tap the item two times and then keep your finger on the trackpad to drag the item along
As a matter of advice, moving cursor will sometimes be mistakenly read as clicking if you’re not experience enough in using it, like me.
Tips : Some of the checkbox contain “hidden” information that can be seen when you hover your cursor long enough above it, such as
Other Trackpad Options
The rest two checkboxes are quite self-explanatory, I believe.