How do you use your trackpad?

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  1. manosaurus macrumors 6502

    manosaurus

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    Do you prefer, for clicking and dragging, to use the trackpad button or the option for tapping on the trackpad?

    I have tried both and I think that I prefer to use the track pad button.
     
  2. killmoms macrumors 68040

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    I've never understood people who like tapping on the trackpad. Some of my friends had that on in Windows on their laptops and it'd always mess me up. Give me a physical button any day—that's why I like the click wheel on the iPod better than the touch buttons on my 3rd gen. ;)
     
  3. gr8tfly macrumors 603

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    tap only for click, double-click. no tap-drag. physical button for dragging.
     
  4. NJuul macrumors 6502

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    I've turned off tapping on my trackpad.
    I constantly click the wrong places with it on.
     
  5. ero87 macrumors 65816

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    i find clicking on the trackpad unbearable. To each his own, i guess... but there's a real button 2 cm away! You can just click that!
     
  6. bradbowl macrumors member

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    I always tap the trackpad instead of clicking. It's less work than having to move a finger all the way over to a big button and push it down.

    I also use the two finger scroll feature all the time.
     
  7. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    Cannot stand tapping. Drives me completely insane, always "clicking" without meaning to when I just want to move my finger a bit... :mad:
     
  8. Warbrain macrumors 603

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    No tap. Tapping is counter-intuitive. There's no feedback like there is from a button. But I won't be using the trackpad much longer as I just order a wireless mouse for my iBook.
     
  9. NATO macrumors 68000

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    Tapping the trackpad for click/double click works best for me. The button's nice but its simpler to me to just tap the spot where I've just moved my finger to.
     
  10. 5150 Joker macrumors member

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    I can't use a trackpad without tapping. Its far more ergonomical to be able to tap and double tap a trackpad then have to shift you finger around and hit a button.
     
  11. Warbrain macrumors 603

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    Shift your finger around? You don't keep your thumb on the button?
     
  12. DougBTX macrumors newbie

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    Tracking, tapping, dragging and scrolling for me, hardly use the button.

    Have never tried that, my thumb is normally a couple of cm further down. I guess it would make right clicking harder if you're used to the double finger tap, not sure it's for me.

    Douglas
     
  13. andrew050703 macrumors regular

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    button is easier for me - especially, as you say, for right clicking. if apple can make a click sensitive mighty mouse, it'd be nice to see a right click on the right hand side of the button as well...;)
     
  14. xsedrinam macrumors 601

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    Tap, tap, tap. It takes some getting used to, but I've found it IS intuitive and there are Preference Settings to adjust it.
     

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  15. zac4mac macrumors 6502

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    I set that same option...

    tap, dbl tap, 2 finger scroll and 2 finger right clik. Physical button for drag, 2 finger right clik. Or I use a cordless 3 button travel mouse.

    Z
     
  16. Texas04 macrumors 6502a

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    If I need to click I just push the button. If i have it set to where I can tap it just annoys me... I could get used to it but with the no "real" right click feature it just bugs me.

    I click to click
    two fingers scroll and right click
    click to drag

    always bugs my friends with windows labtops though.
     
  17. mick4394 macrumors 6502a

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    I use my trackpad for everything. Clicking, dragging, scrolling, you name it, I use the trackpad for it. Hell, if I'm feeling a little crazy, I may even use it to do a little highlighting.
     
  18. r6girl Administrator/Editor

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    i use the trackpad for single clicks, scrolling, and right-clicks. i also use the button to click occasionally. when dragging and dropping, i always use the button (click and hold), never the trackpad - i think i just like the tactile feel to be sure i'm dropping something exactly where i want it to be...
     
  19. BiikeMike macrumors 65816

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    I use my trackpad for tracking and vertical scrolling. I HATE "tap to click" trackpads, and the horizontal scrolling always messes me up for some reason. I do LOVE the two finger scroll thing, whenever i'm on anyone elses laptop, it always screws me up. I try to scroll, and wonder why their computer is broken :)

    As for clicking, give me a physical action ANY day!
     
  20. tobefirst macrumors 68040

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    That's how I do it!
     
  21. iñaki'sonMac'87 macrumors regular

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    :rolleyes: Love the scroll capability, and even though I did use tap for dobleclick, I guess is better for care the pad, to use the big button below, and to drag things
     
  22. Ish macrumors 68000

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    There's another thread about this here:

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=184346

    I always tap; it's the first thing I changed when I got this PB. Had to click through the start up and it drove me crazy.

    Don't you find your hand is a bit scrunched up if you keep your thumb on the button while using the track pad?
     
  23. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    I use my trackpad for two fingered secondary click, scrolling and moving the arrow around. That's it, nothing out of the ordinary.
     
  24. TallShaffer macrumors member

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    I use the trackpad for scrolling (best feature ever), tracking and right click. Button for anything else.

    As for fingers being 'scrunched' while using the button, I use my middle finger to track, drop my ring when I scroll. My thumb/index finger (I change it randomly) is over the button :)
     
  25. daneoni macrumors G4

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    I'm a happy tapper, in fact clicking annoys me so much i connect an external mouse instead to the notebook if i find myself clicking.
     

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