MacBook Air Trackpad
You can do a lot on your MacBook Air using simple trackpad gestures—scroll through webpages, zoom in on documents, rotate photos, and more. With the Force Touch trackpad, pressure-sensing capabilities add another level of interactivity. The trackpad provides feedback—when you drag or rotate objects, you feel a subtle vibration when they’re aligned, allowing you to work with greater precision.
Here are some common gestures:
Click: Press anywhere on the trackpad. Or enable “Tap to click” in Trackpad preferences, and simply tap.
Force click: Click and then press deeper. You can use force click to look up more information—click a word to see its definition, or an address to see a preview that you can open in Maps.
Secondary click (that is, right-click): Click with two fingers to open shortcut menus. If “Tap to click” is enabled, tap with two fingers.
Two-finger scroll: Slide two fingers up or down to scroll.
Pinch to zoom: Pinch your thumb and finger open or closed to zoom in or out of photos and webpages.
Swipe to navigate: Swipe left or right with two fingers to flip through webpages, documents, and more—like turning a page in a book.
Open Launchpad: Quickly open apps in Launchpad. Pinch closed with four or five fingers, then click an app to open it.
Swipe between apps: To switch from one full-screen app to another, swipe left or right with three or four fingers.
Customize your gestures. Choose Apple menu > System Preferences or click the System Preferences icon in the Dock, then click Trackpad.
In Trackpad preferences you can:
Learn more about each gesture
Set the click pressure you prefer to use
Decide whether to use pressure-sensing features
Customize other trackpad features
Tip: If you find you’re force clicking when you don’t intend to, try adjusting the click pressure to a firmer setting in Trackpad preferences. Or change the “Look up and data detectors” option from the “Force Click with one finger” default setting to “Tap with three fingers.”
For examples of force click options, see the Apple Support article How to use the Force Touch trackpad.