Customize Click, Scroll, Drag & Other Trackpad Gestures in OS X Lion

Customize Click, Scroll, Drag & Other Trackpad Gestures in OS X Lion

The Trackpad on Macbook Pros and Airs, also available as a separate product for iMacs or Windows systems, was launched in 2010 and is called Magic Trackpad.

Customize Click, Scroll, Drag & Other Trackpad Gestures in OS X Lion

Apple’s obsession with the word “magic” didn’t solely determine the product’s name. The Trackpad was a revolutionary device that introduced new gestures, allowing users to go beyond the old one or two-finger clicks and scrolls. It incorporated three-finger gestures, horizontal scrolling, pinching for zooming, and more. You can also customize the Trackpad gestures to suit your preferences. In this post, we will explore how to adjust the scroll and drag behavior to your liking.

Steps to Customize Trackpad Gestures in OS X Lion

Step 1: Click on the Apple Menu and then go to System Preferences.

Customize Click, Scroll, Drag & Other Trackpad Gestures in OS X Lion

Step 2: Click on the Trackpad icon.

Customize Click, Scroll, Drag & Other Trackpad Gestures in OS X Lion

Step 3: The Trackpad options window will appear. It contains 3 tabs – Point & Click, Scroll & Zoom, and More Gestures. Let’s start with the first tab.

Customize Click, Scroll, Drag & Other Trackpad Gestures in OS X Lion

You can customize the options according to your preferences. For example, the Secondary click or the right-click can be customized to a bottom right corner click or bottom left corner click instead of the default two-fingers tap.

Moving on to the Scroll & Zoom options, you can set the scroll and zoom operations here according to your liking. A quick demo is shown on the right as you select the options.

Customize Click, Scroll, Drag & Other Trackpad Gestures in OS X Lion

Step 5: Finally, we have the More Gestures page where you can customize the new gestures introduced by Lion (swiping between full-screen apps and mission control, for example). It’s easy. Just click on an option, select your preferred choice from the dropdown menu, and you’re done.

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Customize Click, Scroll, Drag & Other Trackpad Gestures in OS X Lion

If you ask me, I initially faced hiccups using the Trackpad, as any longtime Windows user is likely to do. However, over time, the Trackpad has grown on me and I enjoy using its various gestures to control the OS. What about you? Do you like the Magic Trackpad? Have you customized the gestures yet?

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