Right click trackpad mod?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by boonlar, Oct 26, 2010.

  1. boonlar macrumors 6502

    Dec 30, 2008
    Does anyone know of a mod to get seperate right and left click on the trackpad? I would get a macbook air right away but the single giant button trackpad annoys me to no end. I like soft large buttons like on an HP.
  2. rkahl macrumors 65816

    Jul 29, 2010
    I think you can set it up like that in system preferences.
  3. boonlar thread starter macrumors 6502

    Dec 30, 2008
    I don't mean a software solution. I want two physical buttons for left and right click. I will be using it mainly in windows 7 too.
  4. lulla01 macrumors 68020


    Jul 13, 2007
  5. frunkis54 macrumors 65816


    Apr 2, 2009
    The only way to do it would be get a regular non apple mouse that has two buttons.
    i keep mine set so bottom right corner is a right click
  6. w00tini macrumors 6502a

    Feb 28, 2008
  7. crh3ff macrumors member

    Feb 26, 2010
    if you're running W7 through Parellels, you can still two-finger click to get the right click, no need for separate buttons

    Plus, I think you can set it up in SysPrefs so that clicking the right side = right click and clicking the left = left click (not in front of my Mac or I'd tell you for sure).
  8. boonlar thread starter macrumors 6502

    Dec 30, 2008
    I've tried that but it drives me crazy. There is barely any tactile response to clicking it down and no edges means it's hard to find where the right click area is.

    I think I may just buy a nice big USB trackpad and cut out the original trackpad. I should be able to just solder the pinouts internally to the left USB port since I won't ever really use it.

    Does anyone have the exact dimensions of the trackpad?
  9. rkahl macrumors 65816

    Jul 29, 2010
    Be sure to take plenty of pictures. I'm really looking forward seeing this mod.
  10. wingnut8 macrumors 65816


    Jun 8, 2007
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    Why not just two finger click?
  11. hachre macrumors 6502a


    Sep 26, 2007
    Thats the craziest idea I've ever heard... I love the trackpad for me it is one of the huge pro Apple reasons... And you wanna CUT IT OUT!!!! I wanna see the pictures too, though ;P

    "How far is a man willing to go to get what he wants..."
  12. boonlar thread starter macrumors 6502

    Dec 30, 2008
    Because one finger is easier :D

    I work with laptops and I've worked with hundreds of different models/brands and HP/IBM produce the best trackpads I've seen.

    Hmm according to some blogs the older models are USB based touchpads so I can probably just rewire another one in there without losing the left usb port. Now I just have to find a nice large trackpad with good buttons.
  13. GLS macrumors 6502

    Jun 26, 2010
    After you are done, you might see if it will blend.....
  14. Maven1975 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 24, 2008
    Theres something out there. I used it in the early bootcamp days that allows you to set command or option keys as right click.

    Thats all I got for ya...
  15. C64 macrumors 65816


    Sep 3, 2008
    Do it 100 times, you're used to it, problem solved.
  16. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    After you do this mod, are you going to be able to close the lid? And is it even possible to "cut out" the trackpad? The Air seems pretty tightly constructed.
  17. aberrero macrumors 6502a

    Jan 12, 2010
  18. crh3ff macrumors member

    Feb 26, 2010
    seriously...just try it...it's not that difficult, like the guy above said, do it 100 times and then you've got the muscle memory down...I can't believe you'd chop up the MBA like that to get two buttons! good luck.

    If you're dead set on two buttons, how about use a mouse instead of ruining a $1000+ machine?
  19. boonlar thread starter macrumors 6502

    Dec 30, 2008
    I'd rather try to have two buttons. If I have to deal with having no buttons it'll get thrown out the window anyways :cool:
  20. pvmacguy macrumors 65816


    Sep 2, 2009
    Then go buy a windows machine! In fact buy this.

  21. ProstheticHead macrumors 6502

    Jun 15, 2007
    Seattle, WA
  22. DJY macrumors 6502a


    Dec 20, 2003
    Canberra AUST
    I just use Control + trackpad

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