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Cehape

macrumors member
Original poster
Nov 10, 2014
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Germany
Hi,

I own a 2018 MBA and was wondering if the "silent clicking" option in the Trackpad preferences are working for someone around here. I mean, that I do not recognize any difference between checking or unchecking this box. The trackpad clicks just sound the same with, or without this option.
I know this option was removed with the 2018 MBPs, but the MBA still has the checkbox.

Perhaps someone with a 2018 MBA can check it and reply, if this option is working as intended.

Thank you.
 

ifman

macrumors member
Mar 30, 2011
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seems the same to me too. it wasn't making a noise before, and checking the box didn't make the silence any quieter.
 

Populus

macrumors 68020
Aug 24, 2012
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Valencia, Spain.
For me it definitely made it quieter. The click sound has less pitch.

Keep in mind that, for some reason, this option disappeared for the new MacBook Pros (2016 onwards), while remaining on the trackpad settings for the 12" MacBooks, even for the 2017 ones. It is a pleasant surprise that this 13" MacBooks (Air) keep that option as well.

It is not very noticeable, though. You have to listen carefully to it. It is very subtle.
 

sheiko

macrumors newbie
Dec 5, 2018
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4
I think, this option or function just called "Silent clicking", but for real, it's only making a click a little bit... faster? So this is some kind of response time settings and when it's faster, the click seems more "silent".
Would be better, if they add this function for capslock, when you can disable that delay of responding to supposedly wrong press.
 

Cehape

macrumors member
Original poster
Nov 10, 2014
32
22
Germany
I think, this option or function just called "Silent clicking", but for real, it's only making a click a little bit... faster?

Yes, now this seems to be true :) It's just very subtile to recognize.

Thank you guys (and gals) for your contribution here.
 

bullett007

macrumors newbie
Nov 17, 2016
10
3
So I just got my MacBook Air today and I can't tell you how annoying I find the artificial click, be it with or without the 'Silent Clicking' option selected.

The only work around I can see is using taps over clicks and enabling dragging in the accessibilities section in preferences.

I'm going to look for a terminal command to disable it, who's with me!!
 

Lioness~

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Apr 26, 2017
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Definitely quieter with silent click on my MBA 2018.
Not that the super loud click disturbed me either.

I don't get some the other issues some speaking of though, each to their own I guess :p
I'm fine with mine, both with taps and clicks.
 

auxbuss

macrumors 6502
Feb 18, 2014
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UK
I checked this out today. It's very odd. Silent click is clearly not silent, so why call it that? It would be an improvement to allow a silent click – by which I mean a real silent click and not Apple's definition of silent. Silent keyboard would be good too!
 
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