How to use your Mac's special touchpad commands, and edit them if you're not satisfied
MacBook's touchpadhas a number of different commands that can let you zoom, rotate images, reveal extra options, and more.
- If you're using the official Apple
Magic Mouse, there are even more commands you can use.
- To change how commands work, or what they do, open the System Preferences app.
Your MacBook's built-in Multi-Touch
Once you've tested out the touchpad or mouse commands, you can then customize them however you like - you can even disable them altogether, if you prefer.
How to perform touchpad commands on a Mac
- Click: Click or tap using one finger to click. This action mimics the left-click on a traditional computer mouse.
- Secondary click: Click or tap using two fingers. This action mimics the right-click on a traditional computer mouse.
- Scroll: Slide two fingers up or down the trackpad to scroll up or down.
- Smart zoom: Double-tap with two fingers to zoom in and out of a webpage or PDF.
- Zoom in and out: Using two fingers, make a pinching motion to zoom in and out.
- Rotate: Move two fingers around each other on the trackpad to rotate an image.
- Swipe between pages: Swipe two fingers left or right to show the previous or next page.
- Show desktop: Spread your thumb and three fingers to show the desktop.
- Swipe between full-screen apps: Swipe four fingers left or right to toggle between full-screen apps.
- Show all active apps: Swipe up with three fingers to zoom out of your current window, and see every app that's currently open.
How to perform commands on your Mac's Magic Mouse
- Click: Click the left side of the mouse to click, like you would on any other computer mouse.
- Secondary click: Click the right side of the mouse, like you would on a traditional computer mouse.
- Scroll: Slide one finger up or down the Magic Mouse to scroll up or down.
- Smart zoom: Double-tap with one finger to zoom in and out of a webpage or PDF.
- Swipe between pages: Swipe one finger left or right to show the previous page or next page.
- Swipe between full-screen apps: Swipe two fingers left or right to toggle between full-screen apps.
How to change trackpad or mouse commands
Click the Apple icon at the top of the screen, then click "System Preferences" from the drop-down menu. Click "Trackpad" or "Mouse" to see a list of available gestures.Here, you can turn gesture-activated commands on or off, or change the gesture for a specific command.
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