Bottom of trackpad not working

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by -MRB, May 7, 2012.

  1. -MRB macrumors 6502

    Jul 1, 2010
    This maybe me, but the very bottom of the trackpad on my late 2011 MBP does not work (by 'work' I mean track my finger movement)

    I mean the VERY outer edge. Whereas the very outer edges of the sides and top work fine.

    Is this normal?
  2. ixodes macrumors 601


    Jan 11, 2012
    Pacific Coast, USA
    I can only speak from my experience with several MBP's I have. I double checked a couple of them just now, focusing on the area you reported. Mine functions well on all edges.

    I literally have to run off the edges before the trackpad stops responding. It's pretty amazing how well it works, even on the very edges. I'd never focused on that before.

    But then again, Apple has truly excelled with trackpad gestures & overall sensitivity in the last few years.

    I could not be happier with any other laptop, nothing beats my trusty Macs.
  3. -MRB thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 1, 2010
    The very bottom edge of mine does not work if I run my finger from one corner to the other.

    I can literally have the VERY edge of my finger so I'm barely touching it & the side & top of the trackpad works.

    Literally a full finger on the bottom does not work.

    Is this a fault?
  4. Phil A. Moderator

    Phil A.

    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2006
    Shropshire, UK
    Mine's exactly the same (although I hadn't noticed it until you mentioned it!)
  5. iThinkergoiMac macrumors 68030

    Jan 20, 2010
    This is intentional. Since the whole trackpad is a button, Apple has it set up so that if you start at the bottom, it will ignore input. That way you can leave your thumb there for clicking (it clicks easier the closer to the bottom you get) and it won't mess up your tracking. It tracks there just find if you start elsewhere and move down there.

    So, nothing wrong, working exactly as designed.
  6. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    My very bottom edge does not work either. It's interesting I never noticed this until you mentioned it.
  7. iforbes macrumors 6502

    Dec 21, 2011
    The very bottom edge of the trackpad on my late 2011 13" works all the way to the very edge of the bottom edge.
  8. JD92 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 14, 2005
    It behaves the same on my 2011 15" MacBook Pro.

    I think this is intentional for people who rest their thumbs at the bottom of the trackpad where traditionally the mouse button would be. If it doesn't respond to movement down there then the thumb would interfere with the movement of the cursor.
  9. -MRB thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 1, 2010
    Makes sense I guess. I'm sure I read somewhere that a guy had multiple MBP's replaced because of this :rolleyes:
  10. mobi macrumors 6502


    Jul 26, 2004
    Penn's Woods
    Yes, what they said above...also try giving the trackpad a good cleaning. Always gives me a responsive trackpad.
  11. awakenthedead macrumors newbie

    Feb 25, 2012
    old thread but i am experiencing this problem except when i start at the top or middle and run it to the bottom it doesnt continue like it does on my 2010 mbp or my friends 2012 mba. it just stops. i have an early 2011 13 mbp. could it be a settings problem in the OS? is there a way to reset it? already tried the smc reset. i know there isn't anything in the system preferences. i would like not to swap the trackpad from my old comp with the newish one if i can avoid it especially if it might be a setting issue i can resolve by deleting a file and having the OS recompile on that works. let me know what you guys think and if there is such a file that i could delete that might help. thats.
  12. flx macrumors newbie


    Nov 3, 2008
    Alright, so this is all by design. Nothing wrong with the hardware.

    Now, is there any way to disable this "feature"? Many of us don't rest their thumbs on the trackpad and don't even use the pushbutton, using tap-to-click instead. Is there any software, registry hack etc. anything?

    srsly... Thanks!!!
  13. thetruest macrumors regular

    Oct 21, 2012

    agree with flx.

    It does seem like this was intentional. I think they should show an option in Trackpad settings to clear any confusion and disable though. It could still not be intentional if iforbes' really does behave differently.
    awakenthedead, that doesnt sound normal, u should goto the genius bar. there is probably a file but i dont know what it is.

    flx, supposedly there is software called BetterTouchTool that gives more functionality to the trackpad. I dont know if it addresses this or how good it is, i havent had much time to try it out yet. If you do let us know if it does anythin about the issue/feature/whathaveyou, and how cool it is!

    I have OPs behavior on both a new Retina 15" and a 2010 17". Resting the dumb on the trackpad does not seem to be better or more ergonomic, at leas at first - i could be wrong, i havent given it much time yet, but it just seems so Windoze, dell/PC/etc craptop.
  14. mike_mdb macrumors newbie

    Jan 3, 2017
    --- Post Merged, Jan 3, 2017 ---
    i have same problem on a mac pro 13" retina, track moves but does´t accept left or right button clicks... is this a software malware, software bug or is hardware failure....i upgraded my system and stays the same 10.11.6 el capitain

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