Right click on 17, possible on 15 mbp?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by 61132, May 13, 2006.

  1. 61132 Guest

    Oct 31, 2005
    Anyone know if it is possible to make the 15 inch mbp have the same two finger right click that the 17 inch has? Its just a software thing. I don't really want extra add-ons, just the extra option in the mouse preference panel. Maybe someone could post the preference pane file, and I could see if it will work on my 15 inch mbp?
  2. JMG macrumors 6502a


    May 4, 2006

    I hope so. Reaching for the ctrl key is a pain when you are streaming along.
  3. iwamas macrumors member

    Feb 26, 2006
    Amman, Jordan
    It is a great feature on the 17" MBP... I don't know if it is available on the 15"... The way to activate it on the 17" is:

    - Open System preferences
    - Click on Keyboard and mouse
    - Choose the tackpad tab
    - under trackpad gestures place a check mark next to "place two fingers on trackpad and click button for secondary click"
  4. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    That option is not there in a 15" MBP under the current version of OSX. Just out of interest what is the build number of OSX on a 17" where this is available? It's 8l1119 on my 15"
  5. Kreamy macrumors member

    Jan 2, 2005
    i had it on my iBook 1GHz,

    Just use iScroll =)
  6. 61132 thread starter Guest

    Oct 31, 2005
    iscroll is not compatible with powerbooks that already support two finger scrolling.
  7. ero87 macrumors 65816


    Jan 17, 2006
    New York City
    woah, that's an awesome hidden feature! the 17 inchers sound rockin.
  8. Azurael macrumors regular

    Mar 21, 2005
    You mean Apple ripped off a feature from iScroll2? :D Apple never 'steals' features from small 3rd party developers, no... never...

    Anyway, I've been enjoying this for some time on my 15" PowerBook and it's something I sorely miss on my MBP. Let's hope somebody works out if it's possible to do a similar hack with the new Apple USB trackpads.
  9. witness macrumors 6502

    Apr 7, 2005
    After just a few days of using the 2 finger right click on my MBP, I have to say that it's a great feature. I don't know how I manage without it.

    The only thing missing now is a "middle" click; so that I can open links in new tabs in safari without having to hold down the apple key. A three finger tap perhaps?
  10. 61132 thread starter Guest

    Oct 31, 2005
    I dont understand why apple isnt offering this on the 15 inch versions. You would think all the "pros" would have it, and the plain macbooks might not. I hope they include it in an update!!!!
  11. apunkrockmonk macrumors 6502a


    Nov 20, 2005
    Rochester, NY
    I have a feeling that the new macbooks will get the right click and 15" MBP won't get it until the next rev sadly. Thats the way it works with apple.
  12. filterban macrumors member

    May 5, 2006
    This appears to be a software issue, not a hardware issue. The MBP 15" can obviously detect whether or not you have two fingers on the trackpad (for scrolling).

    I'd bet that either iScroll releases a version that supports the 15" MBP, Apple releases the software, or a hacker figures out how to enable this.

    If it's software, why does it have to wait for Rev B?
  13. Azurael macrumors regular

    Mar 21, 2005
    Install Saft and double click in the tab bar for those more inclined to use the mouse. I prefer Command+T myself.
  14. Kingsly macrumors 68040


    Like the OP said, couldn't this be fixed by using the 17" pref pane?
  15. mikehowett macrumors member

    Apr 15, 2006
    Would that work with the 17" PowerBooks?
  16. Malcster macrumors 6502

    Apr 26, 2005
    Bristol, UK
    I would imagine 15" MBP's will get it in 10.4.7
  17. witness macrumors 6502

    Apr 7, 2005
    That doesn't work when you want to open a link in a new tab.
  18. Azurael macrumors regular

    Mar 21, 2005
    I suppose the problem is needing to use two hands... You can always open the context menu with your new found right-click, but that takes longer. I see what you mean now :)
  19. Nar1117 macrumors 6502

    Apr 15, 2006
    You could always buy a mouse...

    Unless you cant use one... Like maybe on a plane or something.

    Then its different.
  20. witness macrumors 6502

    Apr 7, 2005
    I have a bluetooth mouse, but mice only really work when you're sat at a desk. I probably spend 40-50% of my time with my laptop on my lap.

    Apple seem to be coming up with some good ideas with touch pads. Two finger scrolling is excellent, much better than sliding your finger down the edge of the touch pad like you have to do with most pc laptops. Two finger tap is great too (even if they were not the first). I'm sure that they'll think of some great additions soon enough.
  21. Spanky Deluxe macrumors 601

    Spanky Deluxe

    Mar 17, 2005
    London, UK
    Anyone using Boot Camp on an MBP must be a bit screwed without the right mouse button. I for one thought Apple would finally release a two buttoned MBP using the same click technology as in the Mighty mouse, one button but touch sensors to recognise which side you're clicking.
    It looks like this is a software thing though on the 17"ers so I guess you can't right click in Windows.
  22. skillz1318 macrumors regular

    Mar 21, 2006
    i found some program that allows ctrl + click to work for right click as it does in mac os, i just have it load at start up, if anyone is interested i will find out program next time i play counter strike...
  23. PatrickF macrumors 6502

    Feb 16, 2006
    This is useful until you realise that to highlight multiple items (multiple files in Explorer for example) you press Ctrl while you click. It kinda messes that up. It'd be nice if that app allowed you to customise the button you hold down.
  24. bound008 macrumors newbie

    May 20, 2006
    here is how we are going to fix it

    if somebody could poke into:


    possibly by opening the terminal and typing in:
    open ~/Library/Preferences/.GlobalPreferences.plist

    and look for any settings that start with:
    com.apple.trackpad that mention right clicking

    or even sending me the whole file.

    jkatzer over at gmail. you know, gmail.com

  25. witness macrumors 6502

    Apr 7, 2005
    com.apple.trackpad.enableSecondaryClick Boolean Yes
    com.apple.mouse.tapBehavior Number 1

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