Reducing size of trackpad MBP 2016

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  1. Grolubao macrumors 65816

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    Hi guys,

    I constantly accidentally hit the trackpad since I like having the Tap to Click option turned on. I've read that one can put electric tape on the trackpad to avoid registering.

    Did anyone try this? Was thinking of putting tape to reduce the size back to the original one

    http://apple.stackexchange.com/a/262149
     
  2. Kjung7 macrumors 6502

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    I wish that Moshi or another company would come up with a sticker to put around the trackpad that would reduce the size. I've been reading a lot of posts stating that the palm rejection doesn't work too well. I've had issues on my Macbook 12" too. I'll be typing and the cursor just jumps to a random place because the base of my thumb came in contact with the trackpad.
     
  3. Grolubao thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Such a shame one need to hack it like this. The old size was perfect, why change it???
     
  4. ThisBougieLife macrumors 65816

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    I'd hate to have to have ugly tape on my trackpad, but I'm honestly considering this. As someone who does a lot of typing (I'm writing a novel) I find it almost intolerable that I keep hitting it every now and then and messing up my typing flow. It happened about three times last night while typing. It shouldn't be happening at all (never ever happened with my 2012 MBP).

    I agree the old size was perfect. There was no need to change it. It wasn't something that everyone was clambering for.
     
  5. Grolubao thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Indeed. I'm a developer so I have the same problem... Maybe some grey duct tape doesn't look too bad. I even tried BetterTouchTool palm rejection, but I still have this issue
     
  6. soulreaver99 macrumors 68020

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    New MacOS update fixed most of the palm rejection issues for me. Are you running 10.12.2?
     
  7. Grolubao thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Yes I am
     
  8. aevan macrumors 68000

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    If you do content creation work in Photoshop, Illustrator, Blender, etc. you will appreciate the larger size. The previous one was too small for anything more than surfing the web or writing emails. With the new size you can actually use it as well as a mouse for precise actions, if not even better. For a professional laptop, this size is a great improvement. If one day they add Pencil input, it would be even more perfect!

    If you do not need this size for professional work, you can always get a MacBook which has a smaller trackpad and is great for office/internet/content consumption/etc.
     
  9. Grolubao thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I want a 15" laptop, thus the macbook doesn't fit my needs.
     
  10. aevan macrumors 68000

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    Well, if you need 15" and you're one of the few people that find the new trackpad too large, it's a shame - but there isn't much Apple can do here. They can't please everyone, and the content creation crowd obviously needed a larger trackpad.
     
  11. ThisBougieLife macrumors 65816

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    Yeah that's the problem. I know the 13" has a smaller trackpad and probably wouldn't have the same issues. But I really want the power of the quad-core processor and discrete GPU. I do do some photo editing and I used to do it on my 2012 MBP and I wasn't thinking "man, I wish this trackpad was bigger". I had no issues editing photos on my 2012 MBP. But since writing is a priority over photo-editing for me, it's disappointing that the trackpad gets in the way of that.
     
  12. aevan macrumors 68000

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    As I said above, you can't please everyone. For people doing visual creative stuff, the new size is great.

    I recommend turning off tap to click - it helps.
     
  13. ThisBougieLife macrumors 65816

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    Yeah but I hate having to press down every time to click. I'm so used to tap-to-click. If it really becomes a problem that I can't stand (at this point it's annoying, but not to "can't stand it" levels), I might consider turning it off.
     
  14. dapork macrumors regular

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    On the bright side, if you switch off the tap-to-click you'll probably get used to it after a while. I'd try that before the duct tape.
     
  15. Michael Scrip macrumors 601

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    It's a shame they can't let you define an "inactive" area of the trackpad.

    It's one piece of solid glass covered in sensors... sensors that turn physical touch into electrical signals.

    You should be able to make certain areas ignore touch-inputs via software.
     
  16. honeybadger1022 macrumors member

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    I love the trackpad size. I think I fall in the typing minority as I type with my palms resting in the non track pad area on both sides of the track pad. All of my friends and family think it is a really neat feature and I am pleased with it as well. Maybe someone could release some software to enable the inactive feature.

    Duct tape seems a bit much to me.
     
  17. SoyCapitanSoyCapitan macrumors 68040

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    So your hands don't feel crammed into a small area when performing gestures.

    There's also a patent for Pencil to be used on the trackpad when or if the technology is ever ready.
     
  18. jerryk macrumors 68020

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    The use of the pencil to draw on a trackpad is IMHO dumb. Make the screen touch/pencil aware like the Surfaces' or the iPad Pros. I love using my pencil with my iPad Pro 9.7 to take notes or draw a quick image that shows something that takes 100 words to describe.

    Apple should make the screen touch/pencil sensitive AND shrink the trackpad the size of the one on the 2015 rMBP. This would get rid of the palm touch issues and make the MacBook Pro more useful.
     
  19. WhiteWhaleHolyGrail macrumors 6502a

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    Is this a joke?
     
  20. jerryk macrumors 68020

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    Your post makes me want to cry.
     
  21. Grolubao thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Yes that's what I'm trying right now. I do agree the duct tape is a bit extreme.

    I've pinged the Better Touch Tool developer to be able to defined inactive areas in my trackpad since this works with the Magic Trackpad, but not the regular trackpad from the MacBook Pro
     
  22. MarcBou macrumors regular

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    Now when I use my gilrfriend's macbook(2014) seems really old and cheap. I love the new trackpad, glad they changed it.

    Haven't accidentally tapped on it not even once, and I also have the tap to clip activated.
     
  23. ThisBougieLife macrumors 65816

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    It's what I'm going for :)
     
  24. Altis macrumors 68020

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    If you buy a clear skin protector, you can exacto it to size and put it over the trackpad/surrounding area.

    Cut out the hole for the trackpad in the size that you want.
     
  25. jackoatmon macrumors 6502a

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    I personally find it to be a huge impediment in visual creative stuff myself. Whenever I'm doing any serious work I tether a mouse to the computer because the trackpad sucks so ****ing bad on this model. It's the only thing I legit hate about the computer.

    The perfect computer for me would be this exact 15" pro with 50% size trackpad and a physical escape key on the left side of the touch bar.

    Palm rejection doesn't matter when your fingers and everything else also always hit the thing.
     

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