MB Air trackpad button - no right click?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Fishrrman, Mar 7, 2010.

  1. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    Hello all -

    I've been considering either a MacBook Pro 13" or a MacBook Air. I'll probably wait until the next MB Pro refresh (looks to be toward the end of March), and either pick up a new one, or possibly a refurb (of the earlier models) or close-out. Not sure yet.

    I'm a long-time Mac user, on Macs exclusively since 1987, so no stranger to the platform.

    I was checking out the MacBook Air (Apple Store and Best Buy), and noticed something about the trackpad.

    It has the "button" at the bottom. But - try as I might - I could not configure it to do a "right click" (that is to say, press "towards the right" on the button to display a contextual menu).

    I was able to go to the "trackpad" preference, and was able to set up the "two-finger touch" to invoke the "right click". But there seems to be no way to use the right end of the trackpad button itself to do this.

    Is this correct, or did I miss something?

    By comparison, it is easy to set up the MacBook Pro to do a right-click, even with its "buttonless" trackpad.

    But this feature seems missing from the MB Air.

    Is it?
  2. scifiman macrumors member

    Oct 31, 2003
    You are correct in that there is no way to do a 1 finger right click due to the physical button. The only way to do it is with 2 fingers and press the button or have tap to click enabled OR hold ctrl while clicking (of which you are no doubt aware being a long time Mac user). Not ideal but that's the way it is. Hopefully the trackpad will be replaced in the next update to bring this feature and the glass surface type trackpad to the Air.
  3. mmulin macrumors 6502

    Jun 22, 2006
    The trackpad button on the MBA is just one traditional Apple button. It doesn't distinguish between left or right. However, as you discovered, you can tap with two fingers on the trackpad to make the secondary click.

    Personally, I don't use the button at all. Just tab the trackpad (one finger for primary click and two for secondary click).

    The new MBPs, I think you are referring to those, work a bit different since the trackpad itself is also the button.
  4. happyslayer macrumors 6502a


    Feb 3, 2008
    Glendale, AZ
    As the above poster said... two-finger right-click tapping is the BEST!

    Why doesn't every notebook computer do this.

    I never use the button except to do dragging and dropping.
  5. reebzor macrumors 6502a


    Jul 18, 2008
    Philadelphia, PA
    BUT- you CAN set the track pad to right click when pressed in the bottom right (or left) corner.
  6. mmulin macrumors 6502

    Jun 22, 2006
    I wasn't doubting that. In fact I have no idea how the new trackpad works. I just posted information about the MBA's.
  7. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    That is where people are misinformed. That was for the glass trackpad where everything is a big button. That does not work on the MacBook Air.
  8. reebzor macrumors 6502a


    Jul 18, 2008
    Philadelphia, PA
    I just posted information about the MBP's. Never said you were doubting it, just clearing it up for OP.
    Yes, the glass trackpad in the new MBP's, which if you read my post I was referring to. Reading comprehension.
  9. Scottsdale macrumors 601


    Sep 19, 2008
    In my opinion, the right click feature is a huge advantage of the glass buttonless trackpad found in all of the other mac notebooks. The MBA was the first to revolutionize the big trackpad, but it still fails because it has a stupid one-tracked button. I would think that one could just set the button to right click, but I cannot find such a setting, so I assumed there is no such thing. It's really a pain and terrible within Windows 7. I definitely hope the next MBA has a glass buttonless trackpad - it's a huge improvement.

    Come on Apple, where's our new MBA with glass trackpad?

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