OS X Mountain Lion: Change the way your trackpad works

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Change the way your trackpad works

If you use a trackpad, there are several things you can do to change the way it works and responds. For example, you can change how fast the onscreen pointer moves when you move your finger across the trackpad and customize the gestures you use with your trackpad.

The options available depend on the computer you’re using. For example, you can use three fingers to swipe only on some computers.

  1. Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, and then click Trackpad.
  2. Select point and click options (depending on the computer you’re using, you’ll see only some of these options):
    Option Description
    Tap to click: If you select this option, tapping the trackpad with one finger is the same as clicking.
    Secondary click: Select the option and choose “Click with two fingers,” ”Click in bottom right corner,” or “Click in bottom left corner” to secondary (or control) click items on your screen.
    Look up: Select this option so you can use three fingers to double-tap a word to look it up in the dictionary.
    Three finger drag: Select this option so you can use three fingers to drag an item on your screen.
    Tracking Speed: Drag the slider to set the tracking speed of the pointer when you move it across the screen.
  3. Select scroll and zoom options (depending on the computer you’re using, you’ll see only some of these options):
    Option Description
    Scroll direction: natural: Select this option to move the contents of a window the same direction as your fingers.
    Zoom in or out: Select this option to pinch two fingers to zoom in or spread two fingers to zoom out.
    Smart zoom: Select this option to double-tap with two fingers to zoom in or out.
    Rotate: Select this option to use two fingers to rotate items on your screen.
  4. Select other gestures (depending on the computer you’re using, you’ll see only some of these options):
    Option Description
    Swipe between pages: Select this option and choose “Scroll right or left with two fingers,” “Swipe right or left with three fingers,” or “Swipe with two or three fingers” to move between pages in a document.
    Swipe between full-screen apps: Select this option and choose “Swipe left or right with three fingers” or “Swipe left or right with four fingers” to move between apps in full screen.
    Mission Control: Select this option and choose “Swipe up with three fingers” or “Swipe up with four fingers” to enter Mission Control.
    Launchpad: Select this option to pinch your thumb and three fingers to display Launchpad.
    Show Desktop: Select this option and spread your thumb and three fingers to reveal your computer’s desktop.
    App Exposé: Select this option and choose “Swipe down with three fingers” or “Swipe down with four fingers” to use Exposé.
Published Date: Sep 4, 2015
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