You can use gestures on the MacBook, MacBook Pro & Air's built-in trackpads, or an iMac or Mac Pro that's got a Magic Trackpad connected to it.
Go to Apple > System Preferences > Trackpad to open the options. We'll explain each of the three tabs in more detail below.
These settings are all about how you use the mouse pointer:
These settings control how you interact with what you see on the screen and are either on or off:
These gestures help you move around the Mac, switching between apps and windows. Drop-down arrows let you change the action needed to perform the task:
Since 2015, MacBooks have used 'Force Touch' trackpads, combining a pressure-sensitive surface with haptic feedback (that's the vibration you feel on a smartphone when you press the screen). Press on the trackpad and you'll feel a mouse click, then increase the pressure and you'll feel another.
This can include things like looking up information or adding an event to your calendar, and can be found in many apps and system features on your Mac. See more examples of how Force Click gestures work on Apple's website.
You can use gestures on the Apple Magic Mouse to control your Mac just like you'd use a trackpad. Click Apple > System Preferences > Mouse to set them up.
The settings might look similar to the trackpad ones, but the gestures for each option vary. Some are the same on trackpad and mouse, but others aren't.
These options control how you use the mouse to interact with the Mac:
Use these gestures to help you move around your Mac. A drop-down arrow means you can change the action needed to perform the task:
That should be everything you need to swipe, tap and pinch your way around your Mac, but if you'd like to speak to an Expert from Team Knowhow, you can get in touch here.
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