MacBook Trackpad Settings

One of the first things I noticed when I switched from a Windows laptop to my new shiny MacBook was the trackpad. There are no buttons! I immediately thought that because there are no buttons, there would be fewer features. Big time bummer! I LIKE features! After a little playing around, I quickly found out I was wrong and that the term “less is more” definitely applies ...

MacBook Trackpad Tracking Speed

MACBOOK JUNKIE'S TRACKING SPEED: FAST The Trackpad Tracking Speed setting allows you to set the speed at which the cursor travels across your screen when you move your finger along the trackpad. The slower the tracking speed, the further along the trackpad surface you will have to move your finger in order to move the cursor across the screen. If it’s set really slow, it might even ...

MacBook Trackpad Double-Click Speed

MACBOOK JUNKIE'S DOUBLE-CLICK SPEED: FAST The Trackpad Double-Click Speed setting allows you to adjust the amount of time you require to double-click an item in order to open it. If you don’t perform the full double-click (two clicks) within that time, your Mac will forget your first click and require you to start over.       The faster your double-click speed is set, the faster you will need ...

MacBook Trackpad Scrolling Speed

MACBOOK JUNKIE'S SCROLLING SPEED: FAST The Trackpad Scrolling Speed setting allows you to adjust the speed at which you can scroll down a page or through an application when using your trackpad’s scrolling feature. You need to first decide if you want to use the Two Fingers Scroll feature and activate it before setting your scrolling speed. If you do not want to activate Two Fingers Scroll ...

MacBook Trackpad One Finger Tap to Click

MACBOOK JUNKIE'S ONE FINGER TAP TO CLICK SETTING: ON By default, the Mac trackpad is set so that in order to perform a single click, you have to physically press down on the trackpad. When doing this, you can actually hear and feel the trackpad being depressed. Enabling the Trackpad One Finger Tap to Click setting configures the trackpad to accept a simple tap with one finger ...

MacBook Trackpad One Finger Dragging

MACBOOK JUNKIE'S ONE FINGER DRAGGING SETTING: ON Enabling the Trackpad One Finger Dragging setting configures the trackpad to accept a simple double-tap and drag with one finger. In order to use the Trackpad One Finger Dragging feature, you must first enable One Finger Tap to Click. When one finger dragging is turned off, you have to physically press down on the trackpad with one finger to drag. ...

MacBook Trackpad One Finger Drag Lock

MACBOOK JUNKIE'S ONE FINGER DRAG LOCK SETTING: ON In order to use the Trackpad One Finger Drag Lock feature, you have to enable One Finger Tap to Click and One Finger Dragging. If you do not enable both of these features, One Finger Drag Lock is not available for you to use. Enabling the Trackpad One Finger Drag Lock setting allows you to lift your finger off ...

MacBook Trackpad One Finger Secondary Click

MACBOOK JUNKIE'S ONE FINGER SECONDARY CLICK SETTING: OFF The Trackpad One Finger Secondary Click setting allows you to perform a right-click action by literally pressing down on a corner of the trackpad. If you choose to enable this feature, you are given the choice of which bottom corner you want to use for the secondary click. If you don’t like to press down on the trackpad and ...

MacBook Trackpad Two Fingers Scroll

MACBOOK JUNKIE'S TWO FINGERS SCROLL SETTING: ON WITH INERTIA The Trackpad Two Fingers Scroll setting allows you scroll through a web page, document, or App (such as iphoto) without having to use the scrollbar. When Two Fingers Scroll is enabled, you can, for example, hover over a web page and scroll up, down, left or right provided there is somewhere to scroll to. If there is no ...

MacBook Trackpad Two Fingers Rotate

MACBOOK JUNKIE'S TWO FINGERS ROTATE SETTING: ON The Trackpad Two Fingers Rotate setting allows you rotate images by rotating your fingers on the trackpad. So far, it has worked in all of the image apps I have used. I’m not aware of any other uses for two fingers rotate but it seems like I might be missing something. If you know other ways to make use ...

MacBook Trackpad Two Fingers Pinch Open & Close

MACBOOK JUNKIE'S TWO FINGERS PINCH OPEN & CLOSE SETTING: ON The Trackpad Two Fingers Pinch Open & Close setting allows you to zoom in and out on photos and web pages. Once enabled, you can pinch two fingers together on the trackpad to zoom out and spread your two fingers apart to zoom in – exactly like you do on the iPhone. My favorite use for this ...

MacBook Trackpad Two Fingers Screen Zoom

MACBOOK JUNKIE'S TWO FINGERS SCREEN ZOOM SETTINGS: ON ZOOM WHILE HOLDING: CONTROL WHEN ZOOMED IN, THE SCREEN IMAGE MOVES: SO THE POINTER IS AT OR NEAR THE CENTER OF THE IMAGE SMOOTH IMAGES: ON     The Trackpad Two Fingers Screen Zoom setting allows you to zoom in on any portion of your screen by holding down your designated key and swiping up on the trackpad. To zoom back out again, ...

MacBook Trackpad Two Fingers Secondary Tap

MACBOOK JUNKIE'S TWO FINGERS SECONDARY TAP SETTING: ON The Trackpad Two Fingers Secondary Tap setting allows you to perform a right-click action by simultaneously tapping two fingers on the trackpad. Unlike the One Finger Secondary Click, you are not required to press down on the trackpad. I much prefer the Two Fingers Secondary Tap setting over One Finger Secondary Click simply because I don’t like the action of ...

MacBook Trackpad Three Fingers Swipe & Three Fingers Dragging

MACBOOK JUNKIE'S THREE FINGER SETTINGS: ON, SWIPE TO NAVIGATE The Trackpad Three Fingers setting gives you the ability to enable one of two features: Three Fingers Swipe or Three Fingers Dragging. Three Fingers Swipe allows you to swipe three fingers left and right on the trackpad in order to scroll through pictures. It also lets you use the same motions to move forward and backwards between web ...

MacBook Trackpad Four Fingers Swipe Up/Down for Expose

MACBOOK JUNKIE'S FOUR FINGERS SWIPE UP/DOWN FOR EXPOSE SETTINGS: ON Ahhhh…Exposé…I LOVE Exposé! It’s such a great time saver and was actually one of the biggest influences on my decision to purchase a Mac. For those of you who are not already familiar with Exposé, I’ll fill you in. Exposé lets you perform two, really huge, actions.     First of all, it gives you immediate access to your desktop ...

MacBook Trackpad Four Fingers Swipe Left/Right to Switch Applications

MACBOOK JUNKIE'S FOUR FINGERS LEFT/RIGHT TO SWITCH APPLICATIONS SETTINGS: ON The Four Fingers Left/Right to Switch Applications setting provides you with quick access to all applications that are currently running. When you swipe four fingers simultaneously to the right or to the left, a bar showing all of the applications you are currently running appears in the middle of your screen.       Here’s a picture of my screen ...

What are Scrollbars?

Scrollbars are the blue bubble shaped bars that sometimes appear on the right side and/or the bottom of your web browserand most of your Mac applications. After double-clicking a scrollbar, you can drag it up and down or left and right in order to view to other parts of the Window. The scrollbar on the right of an app is known as the “vertical scrollbar”. The ...

Adjust the Window Size of a Mac App

You can quickly and easily adjust the window size of Finder and any Mac app. I’ve used Safari as an example below. To adjust the app’s window size, all you have to do is double-click the bottom right corner of the app and drag until the app is the desired size.     To adjust the width of your app: Drag left to decrease Drag right to increase To adjust the ...

Add Date to the Menu Bar in Snow Leopard

Since the day I received my MacBook, I have wished that the date was displayed in the menu bar so all I had to do was glance up and see it. Today I was happy to learn that because I'm running Snow Leopard, it only takes a few simple steps to make this happen.To add the date to the menu bar in Snow Leopard, all you ...

Things Mac & Things iPhone

Things Mac & Things iPhone are task management apps created by Cultured Code and just might be my favorite apps thus far! Both of these apps make it really easy to input the tasks you want to accomplish and the best part is they sync with one another, which makes maintaining your to do list a breeze no matter where you are. With Things, you can tag ...