How to position and use the Magic Trackpad?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Feek, Jul 28, 2010.

  1. Feek macrumors regular


    Nov 9, 2009
    I have an MBP with the no-button glass trackpad and I absolutely love it so this new Magic Trackpad instantly appeals to me to use with my Mac Pro but I'm wondering what will be the best way to actually use it.

    I'm used to using the trackpad on my MBP with two hands, with my right hand doing the movement and my left hand actually 'clicking' the pad.

    I'm concerned about being able to use it single handedly with the pad sitting to the right of my keyboard, will this be practical or will I end up with it in front of the keyboard using it as though I do on my MBP?

    How are people finding it for actual use, does it work OK with just one hand on it?
  2. -Ryan- macrumors 68000

    Jan 28, 2009
    Can't you just enable tap to click and that would solve this problem so you can go one handed?
  3. xi mezmerize ix macrumors 6502a

    xi mezmerize ix

    May 24, 2010
    Maryland, USA
    You should post a video of you using the trackpad with 2 hands; I would find that quite comical.

    This thread is almost as pointless as mine from yesterday was:

    Just use it like you would a mouse: to the side with one hand.
  4. Feek thread starter macrumors regular


    Nov 9, 2009
    No, your thread really was pointless, mine was a valid question.
  5. skorpien macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008
    I'm really not trying to be a jerk, but I don't understand why you would need to use two hands on your MacBook Pro. They're designed so that you can use your thumb to depress the trackpad.

    I leave mine resting at the bottom edge, and the OS is smart enough to recognize that I'm not using my thumb for any gestures (I remember reading that the bottom of the trackpad is less sensitive than the rest of the trackpad, but I'm not entirely sure). It's easier that way as the hinge is at the top and depressing it at the bottom is more effective.

    As for the Magic Trackpad, I would assume that it would work on a similar basis allowing you to rest your thumb at the bottom using it to click.
  6. ringemaster macrumors member

    Jul 9, 2008
    I think enabling the tap to click feature is key here. I only use one hand on my Macbook Pro's trackpad, and that doesn't include using my thumb for the click. I understand everyeone's got their own way they like to do things, but the tap-to-click really is a useful function.

    Good luck!
  7. ARH1956 macrumors 6502

    Sep 12, 2007
    I'm using mine with my iMac to the right of the keyboard where my mouse has been. So far so good.
  8. Derek87 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 29, 2009
    i'm hoping to try using it on a keyboard tray in front of the keyboard much like a laptop. IMHO, that's better ergonomics, but in doing so i may need to prop up the keyboard with something so that the spacebar is level with the front of the trackpad.
  9. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley
  10. doktordoris macrumors 6502a


    Mar 14, 2009
    A valid question?

    Someone asking about using 2 hands on a trackpad.

    Why on earth would you want to use both hands on a trackpad? i've been thinking about it for moments and I cannot think of a single reason why anyone, in their right mind, would want to do such a thing.
  11. pcguru83 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 13, 2006
    Charlotte, NC
    I've always used two hands on a trackpad. I don't think it's really all that uncommon.

    That being said, Apple's newer trackpads are very conducive to one-handed use. I don't expect to have an issue using mine one-handed just to the right of my keyboard.
  12. diablo2112 macrumors 6502

    Apr 16, 2010
    When I use my MBP sitting (usually on the couch), I constantly browse using 2 hands on the trackpad exactly like the OP. Right hand move the pointer and gestures, left hand clicks the pad on the lower corner. Many good reasons for this. To cite just one: I occasionally play online poker. Essential to DISABLE tap-to-click when doing this, to prevent unwanted plays. Thus, the need to physically click the trackpad. So much easier to do this from the bottom, using the left hand.

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