How to change touchpad settings on a Macbook Pro

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How to change touchpad settings on a Macbook Pro
How to change touchpad settings on a Macbook Pro

It can be quite frustrating to get used to how Apple laptops work. The MacBook Pro's touchpad is just a pad with no buttons or markings to tell you how to scroll through pages. If you previously had a PC, you will notice that the touchpad is not calibrated the same way, even at the directional level.


Part 1 of 5: Navigate to "System Preferences"

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Step 1. Find "System Preferences"

From the main desktop screen, there are two ways to find “System Preferences” where the mouse and touchpad settings are located.

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Step 2. Bring your cursor to the bottom screen and find the "System Preferences" application

The icon looks like a box with three gears inside. Open it to find all your system preferences.

You can also use the “Featured” feature. Simply click on the magnifying glass icon in the top right corner of your screen, right next to the clock, or use the keyboard shortcut key: the "Command" button and the space bar

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Step 3. Once you have enabled the feature feature, type in "System Preferences"

You will see this option at the top of the results, but also in the applications area. Click on the name to highlight the System Preferences folder.

“System Preferences” is organized into several parts and has helpful icons that help you find what you are looking for: Personal, Hardware “Internet & Wireless”, “System” and “Others”

Part 2 of 5: Locate and access "Settings"

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Step 1. Find the touchpad settings

The parameters we are looking for are in the “Hardware” section: 6 of the icons on the right relate to the touchpad parameters. The icon is a gray box that is supposed to look like the touchpad.

  • If you want to bypass the search for "System Preferences", you can feature "Touchpad". You will see it appear highlighted in System Preferences.
  • For these settings, what's most useful is that every bit you can turn on or off is accompanied by a little video to the right of the option, which physically shows you how to use that setting on your computer. If you are not sure how to use this option, hover your mouse over it and watch the little explanatory video that will automatically launch and replay.
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Step 2. Find the mouse settings

In the system preferences window, the mouse settings are in the fifth position on the right in the “Hardware” section, just before those for the touchpad. Its icon represents a small computer mouse.

If you want to bypass the search for system preferences, you can feature "mouse". This option will be highlighted in the system settings

Part 3 of 5: Change the touchpad settings

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Step 1. Adjust the “Point and Click” settings

In the touchpad settings, verify that you are in the "Point and click" tab. There are 4 options, as well as a track speed slider.

  • The MacBook Pro's touchpad has two click options. Pressing works like a button: your touchpad will click and make you feel like you are pressing a button. This is how you can click, however you also have the option of choosing the option to just lightly tap the trackpad instead. If you want to choose this option, see if it's enabled (the box next to it should have a blue mark).
  • The second option is called “Secondary click”. It is similar to right clicking. You can use the default two-finger option or a special option from the drop-down menu. The video on the right explains how to use this option.
  • The "Watch" option is useful when you need to define a certain word on a site. You hover the cursor over the word and tap with three fingers at a time to bring up the dictionary term.
  • Dragging three fingers is useful for quickly moving windows around the screen as you work. If you decide to use it, remember that your cursor should be in the window you need to move, and it should be a currently selected window.
  • Track speed is how quickly the cursor responds to your movements. It is advisable to adjust this speed if you feel it is necessary. Everyone is different, some prefer the cursor to be slower than their fingers, others prefer it to be faster. Test several speeds and adjust it according to your sensations.

Part 4 of 5: adjust the scroll & zoom settings

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Step 1. Choose your options

There are four options in these settings. If you want to keep these options for your touchpad, you can either enable them (put a blue mark on the left) or disable them. The second tab of the touchpad settings is the setting for scrolling and zooming on your MacBook. These are the most well-known settings in the Apple industry since working on iOS systems.

  • Scroll direction: natural. This is how you scroll through your content using the touchpad instead of using the scroll bar to move a screen that is too long to appear fully on your monitor.
  • The default scrolling is actually the opposite of that on a PC. Content moves with your fingers. Two fingers touch the touchpad. By dragging them, the page moves up, allowing you to see more at the bottom of the page. By swiping down, the content scrolls down, which brings you back to the top of the page. If you deactivate this option, you get the opposite effect.
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Step 2. Zoom in or out using two fingers on the touchpad

To zoom in, place two fingers at a time on the trackpad and slide them apart. To zoom out, pinch the two fingers together.

  • Another way to zoom is to use “Smart Zoom”, which is the second option offered. Just double-tap with your two fingers at the same time and it will zoom in automatically. You can have better control with zooming in and zooming out by pinching your fingers on the touchpad.
  • Originally designed for photo editing, the "Rotate" function allows you to rotate an image by twisting your fingers on the touchpad. By rotating your two fingers in contact with the pad, you can rotate an image right or left.
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Step 3. Adjust the other gestures

The last tab has different options to set your touchpad to your liking, such as being able to swipe between pages or applications in full screen, bringing things from your computer like the notification center or the launch pad and the desktop.

  • Use the “application viewer” to be able to see all currently open application windows. It works with three or four fingers, and sometimes you have to use your thumb when pinching or extending your fingers (the notification center only requires two fingers).
  • Some of these options have additional choices where you can change the finger controls. It is advisable to watch the video that accompanies each option carefully so as to make the best judgment when you want to activate an option or not.

Part 5 of 5: change mouse settings

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Step 1. Adjust the glide speed and the scroll speed

In the "Mouse" settings, you can change the direction of scrolling. The natural option is the default MacBook settings, which is that the scroll moves like your fingers: dragging down moves content up so you can see the bottom of the page and drag up. takes you to the top of the page.

  • Disable this option if you want the opposite actions.
  • In the touchpad settings, you should have edited the track speed, but you can also change the setting on this screen, as well as the scroll bar. If you want to change them, make sure you can move your mouse around so you know if you are comfortable with this mode of use before exiting this menu.
  • You can also change the speed with which your computer scrolls through pages with your fingers. Display a page that has a scroll bar when you edit this option to test the scrolling speed. So you can adjust it at your convenience.
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Step 2. Adjust the double click and primary click speed

Slower speeds allow you to click things slower and keep them open. You shouldn't mess up this scroll bar too much.

  • It is also recommended not to change the button from “Primary mouse”. Changing it to “Right” may cause you to right-click everything instead of left-clicking. This setting is mainly useful when you are using an Apple mouse and not the touchpad.
  • All of your settings should save automatically. When you're comfortable, you can exit System Preferences for the toolbar at the top left, next to the Apple icon. Select "System Preferences" and click "Exit System Preferences" to close the program.

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