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How to Use All the Functions of the Trackpad and Magic Mouse

How to Use All the Functions of the Trackpad and Magic Mouse

You know how to move the cursor around the screen using the trackpad or Magic Mouse, right? But there are many more ways when you learn the multi-touch gestures. You can find some diagrams provided by Apple here, and in Yosemite, there are helpful animations right in the System Preferences under Trackpad and Mouse (as long as you have a Magic Mouse).

How (Trackpad):

Learn at least these basic two- and three-fingers gestures:

Swipe up and down with two fingers to scroll.

Swipe left and right with two fingers to go backward and forward in Safari.

Double tap with two fingers to zoom.

Pinch as you would in iOS to zoom in and out of photos and Web pages.

Swipe left and right with two fingers to move between desktops and full-screen apps.

Pinch your thumb and three fingers together to open Launchpad.

How (Magic Mouse):

Swipe one finger up and down the mouse to scroll.

Swipe one finger left and right on the mouse to move backward and forward in Safari.

Double tap with one finger to zoom.

Double tap with two fingers to reach Mission Control where you can see all apps that are running.

Bonus:Enable Right Click on Magic Mouse and Trackpad

I can’t imaging having to use a computer without the ability to right-click things. By default in order to emulate right-clicking you have to hold down the Control key while clicking on an item. I’m actually surprised this isn’t enabled by default. If you want to enable right-click like any sane person would want to, go to System Preferences -> Mouse -> Point & Click -> “Enable Secondary click”.

It’s the same process for a Trackpad. Go to System Preferences -> Trackpad -> Point & Click -> “Enable Secondary click”.

One More Tip: Remember this location in System Preferences, it’s a great way to check on the battery life of your Magic Mouse and Trackpad and even your Keyboard (System Preferences -> Keyboard).

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