PC Switchers Rejoice – Your Mac’s Trackpad Can Also Tap To Click [OS X Tips]

Trackpad Tap To Click

If there’s one thing PC users have the hardest time with when they use my Macbook Air, it’s the trackpad. What seems completely common and functional to me leaves them baffled and confused.

“How do I click the mouse?” they ask, tapping away in frustration, not knowing that all you need to do is press down a bit and, you know, actually click the thing.

If you’re one of those folks, or you just like to be able to tap the trackpad without actually pressing it down, here’s how to do so.

Click on the Apple menu and choose System Preferences, or launch from the Dock or Applications folder. Click on the Trackpad icon to go to that preference pane.

Now, click on the Point & Click button at the top of the window, and then click on the checkbox next to Tap to click.

From now on, every time you tap on your trackpad, it will act like a click, instead. While I’m not a huge fan of this option (I turn it off whenever I can), it’s good to know where to enable it when I need to let someone who likes the feature use my Mac.

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  • tool022611

    That’s one if the worst things about my windows machine is the trackpad. I’m so used to my mac, going to the trackpad on my lenovo I’m constantly pressing down in its trackpad. Good thing I rarely have I use it, only for a little school work or when I’m fixing something for my wife.

  • lwdesign1

    This is hardly new news. I always set my trackpad to respond to single taps as clicks, and have been doing so for over 10 years. It’s so much faster than having to physically press the keypad. OS X and OS 9, 8 and 7 before it have had this feature. It’s always been easy to set in the Trackpad control panel.

  • MrJulioManuel

    Must be a slow news day.

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