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Do you click by tapping the trackpad?

Asked by queenzboulevard (2549points) December 3rd, 2008

Do you use the actual button, or did you enable tapping the trackpad to click? Why?

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justn's avatar

I do a bit of each. It just depends on what I’m doing. If I’m clicking and dragging I use the button, but if I’m just clicking I usually tap the trackpad.

Overshard's avatar

I use both. It all depends on the situation and what my mood is.

shadling21's avatar

No. I’ve disabled the trackpad tap feature. When I’m typing my hand brushes against it far too often, and I end up typing in the wrong field or in the wrong place in the field. Frustration!

The only time I switch is when I’m trying to be quiet. When I do it, though, I’m really terrible at it and I become incredibly slow. So I usually switch back right away.

queenzboulevard's avatar

@shadling In Leopard’s system prefs ‘ignore accidental trackpad input’ disables the trackpad while you’re typing I think.

shadling21's avatar

I use Panther. But yeah, I just checked, and that’s enabled in my System Preferences. Maybe I’m just that bad at typing, that my hands often touch the trackpad?

Then again, I made the decision to stick to the mouse button when I first got this laptop (four and a half years ago). My typing habits have probably changed.

Snoopy's avatar

—haha I didn’t even know my laptop could do this….I checked and it can…..so no, I use the button. I even frequently use my right hand on the pad and left thumb on the button.

dynamicduo's avatar

I don’t like my trackpad. I like the tactile feedback that pressing a button gives.

aidje's avatar

I’m not a fan. I’m really wondering how the new “buttonless” MacBook(Pro)s are going to feel. (I use the future tense simply because I have not used one yet.) I don’t think I’m going to like it.

kfingerman's avatar

I’m typing this on the new macbook and I love the trackpad! It’s easy to use and you can click the bottom of it with a thumb (it actually depresses and clicks) if you don’t want to tap. But there’s multi-touch etc. It’s great.

btw, I think that having another way to click is always better and if you give it a try you’ll eventually come to like it.

andrew's avatar

I cannot. stand. clicking. with. the. trackpad.

It’s disgusting.

@aidje: My dad just got one… I was skeptical until i tried it. If you use the trackpad like on an older mac (clicking with your thumb at the bottom), there’s really no difference in tactility. It’s impressive.

El_Cadejo's avatar

I cant stand the trackpad at all. I always carry around a USB mouse.

Noah_D's avatar

I’m using one of the new MBP’s & I love the trackpad. I almost never use the ‘click.’ I pretty much always tap except for rare occasions.

As a side note, the multitouch gestures are amazing (especially with Multiclutch – 3 finger swipes in the finder to switch spaces) My favorites so far are the 4-finger swipes up & down – I use the constantly. I find it hard to use a normal mouse now! =P

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