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. For examples of force touch options, see the Apple Support article How to use the Force Touch trackpad.
Here are some common gestures:
Click: Press anywhere on the trackpad. Or enable “Tap to click” in Trackpad Settings, 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. On the keyboard, press the Control key and click the trackpad.
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. In System Settings, click Trackpad in the sidebar. You can do the following:
Learn more about each gesture
Set the click pressure you prefer to use
Decide whether to use pressure-sensing features
Control the tracking speed
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 Settings. Or change the “Look up & data detectors” option from the “Force Click with one finger” default setting to “Tap with three fingers.”
If you would like to use a Bluetooth® mouse or trackpad in addition to the trackpad on your MacBook Air, learn how to set it up at Use accessories with your MacBook Air.