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Stupid Simple Mac Tips #46 – The “Magic” in the Magic Trackpad

Stupid Simple Mac Tips #46 – The “Magic” in the Magic Trackpad

By Tom Lambotte | September 8, 2020

I can’t remember the last time I used a mouse. Included with every ‘prescribed’ computer setup for friends, family, and clients is the Magic Trackpad 2.

Pssst – hey, don’t check out of this tip if you don’t use the Magic Trackpad.

These tips all apply if you use a laptop and don’t have the Magic Trackpad 2 – I travel with my Magic Keyboard, Magic Trackpad, and the Roost stand wherever I go, so I use my Magic Trackpad far more than my built-in trackpad.]

I stopped using a mouse when the original Magic Trackpad was released in July 2010. I have recommended them highly to dozens upon dozens of clients and only 2 went back and said they didn’t like it. They were as anti-tech savvy and old-school as you could get, but hey, I tried. Everyone got used to it and ditched using mice as well.

These are the few settings I adjust when I get a new Mac to ensure my relationship with my Trackpad remains strong

  1. Open System Preferences
  2. Click on Trackpad
  3. Check the box that says “Tap to click”
    This does 2 things:
    1. makes it so you can lightly tap without needing to force a physical click on the trackpad. Big improvement in user experience.
    2. Enables secondary click (aka right-click): tap with 2 fingers to right-click – so nice!

Ok. I’m stopping here for today – but I’m not done.

My big idea with the Stupid Simple Mac Tips is that most ‘tech tips’ are long, overly-wordy, and end up getting overwhelming. There are other tips I LOVE about the trackpad but I won’t squeeze them all in here.

I’ve decided to do a little test and do deeper on one topic but spread over a few weeks. This is part 1 of 4 of my “Trackpad Ninja” SSMTs!

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  • September 8, 2020

About the Author

Tom Lambotte is a legal technology expert, author and the CEO of GlobalMac IT. He helps Mac-using lawyers with super simple technology, security and efficiency strategies that work. He’s on a mission to help attorneys using Apple computers reduce their security risk and get more out of their technology. Get his free 33 Stupid Simple Mac Tips and score some quick wins to boost your productivity.