first mac... how to do open a tab in the background with the trackpad?

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  1. vitog123, Aug 19, 2011
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    vitog123 macrumors 6502

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    hi all. im new to macs and ive done a search but cant figure it out. how do i open a link in a background tab using only the trackpad? i dont want to use the keyboard shortcut. im using both chrome and safari. thanks
     
  2. Guardsix macrumors member

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    Using Safari, first go to the VIEW item in the menu bar, then check to SHOW TAB BAR. Once that's on, slide all the way over to the right and you'll see a small "+". Click on it and you'll get a new tab.

    On FireFox, you can go up to the Menu Bar, click on FILE and then NEW TAB.

    Hopes this helps.
     
  3. vitog123 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    thanks.. how do i click a link and have that open in the background?
     
  4. Fernandez21 macrumors 601

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    click the link with two fingers, then select "open link in new tab"
     
  5. bigjobby macrumors 65816

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    I've set up my trackpad to 'tap to click'. To open a link in a new tab, I do a 2-finger tap and from the menu 'Open link in new tab'. Right click would perform the same thing. Not sure though how to open a link to a new tab in the background and keep the original tab as active.
     
  6. iExpensive macrumors 6502

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    Safari has a preference to open all links in new tabs if that's what your looking for.
    I think cmd click does something similar no?
     
  7. vitog123 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    thanks for all the replys... id love to just click with 3 fingers or something and have it go to the background without any other steps or keyboard involvement
     
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  9. Fernandez21 macrumors 601

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    You could try looking for extensions. I did a quick look and found one that works with a mouse, but not touchpad.
     
  10. mmduluth macrumors regular

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    Download Better Touch Tool. It’s probably one of the best apps I’ve ever downloaded on my MBP. You can completely customize everything your mouse does. Just set it so in Safari (or whatever browser you use) a 3 finger click will open link in new tab. Basically:

    Select your browser > Touchpad gesture = 3 finger click > Predefined Action = cmd+click

    and your all set.
     
  11. vitog123 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    perfect thanks
     
  12. MarocSpecops macrumors newbie

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    visit the apple website for videos tutorial/how to
     
  13. mmduluth macrumors regular

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    No problem
     

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