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Apr 14, 2013, 09:44 AM
I have been able to get this to work on my Mac Pro and iMac that have Magic TrackPads using:

sudo defaults write com.apple.driver.AppleBluetoothMultitouch.trackpad Clicking -int 1

But this doesn't work on my MacBook Air. All 3 are running the latest 10.8.3.

What am I missing?

Apr 14, 2013, 09:54 AM
I have copied these commands from https://github.com/mathiasbynens/dotfiles/blob/master/.osx

# TRACKPAD: enable tap to click for this user and for the login screen
defaults write com.apple.driver.AppleBluetoothMultitouch.trackpad Clicking -bool true
defaults -currentHost write NSGlobalDomain com.apple.mouse.tapBehavior -int 1
defaults write NSGlobalDomain com.apple.mouse.tapBehavior -int 1

Note that you're using the first command, but not with a boolean key.

Apr 14, 2013, 02:13 PM
Cool, that is the first I have seen that command with a boolean... Will give it a shot...

Apr 14, 2013, 02:24 PM
hmm, no luck there either...

Jun 19, 2013, 01:34 PM
As this is the newest thread I've found on that topic, I decided to post my solution here.

To enable the tap to click on the login screen in Mac OS X 10.8.4, I've done the following:

1. Set your desired preferences in your user account.
2. Start a terminal.
3. Make yourself root (sudo su -) You should be in the directory /var/root
4. cd to Library/Preferences and backup the file com.apple.AppleMultitouchTrackpad.plist if it exists.
5. cp the same file from your user account into this folder.
(e.g.: "cp ~user/Library/Preferences/com.apple.AppleMultitouchTrackpad.plist /var/root/Library/Preferences")

Tap to click works!

It could be sufficient to just type
sudo defaults write com.apple.AppleMultitouchTrackpad Clicking -bool true

But I have not tested this.

I hope I could help. :)

Apr 14, 2014, 02:53 AM
Tap to click works!

That didn't work for me. I'm sure it copied because now the one in var/root... is exactly the same from my profile.

I'm running 10.9.2.