Questions & Answers for Magic Trackpad
439 Questions from the Community
Does APPLE have a list all gestures for the Magic Trackpad?
- Asked by Barrie L from St Leonards
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Not exactly. In system preferences, you can see all of the ones you want, and configure them how you want them.
- Answered by Elliott R
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is this Magic Trackpad only use for mac
- Asked by Hiroko H from Pyrmont
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It works with Ubuntu 10.10 too.
- Answered by Andrew S
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Sleep vs Power Button--how to choose?
I know my trackpad goes to sleep when the computer does. I'm wondering about getting maximum battery life--when to use the power button vs. just letting it sleep. I have seen answers advising power button use when the computer will be inactive for "an extended period", but does that mean hours, or days? If I were going on vacation I would use the power button, but what about overnight?
- Asked by Simone P from Takoma Park
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Is it Bluetooth 3.0 compatible
- Asked by Josh K
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How well does this work with Photoshop? And Dual screens...?
Is the trackpad sensitive enough to us as something in between a mouse and a graphics tablet? Also how well does it work for spanning over a dual screen set up?
- Asked by Ben S
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I do not know how well it works with Photoshop, but I imagine it works very well. I have my Magic Trackpad set up with dual screens and it works great, just as well as any other mouse. I really like the Magic Trackpad, and I previously owned the Mighty Mouse and the Magic Mouse. Out of the three the Magic Trackpad is the best by far and I really recommend getting it.
- Answered by Alex L from Philadelphia
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do I need an external dongle to connect to a dual core xenon processor
I can not get my Mac to recognize the trackpad. Suggestions?
- Asked by Jim K from Cambridge
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Assuming you have a MacPro1,1 (early 2006), check to see if your computer has bluetooth hardware:
-hold down option key
-click Apple menu
-click "System Profiler..."
result: System Profiler launches
-click "Bluetooth" (left column, third item in Hardware)
result: you'll see a listing of the bluetooth hw _or_ a message stating "your system doesn't have bluetooth"
if no bluetooth hw, search "bluetooth dongle for Mac Pro" that should turn up info on which USB bluetooth dongle works.
Note: Magic Trackpad requires Snow Leopard 10.6.4 or better.
- Answered by Chris S from San Jose
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Found out that, yes it does work with a mac mini server, but you need to install the trackpad update from the apple website before it will work.
Then you need to specifically check the 'one finger click' box in system preferences.
- Answered by Timothy F from Olney
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Does it work with iPhoto ?
Can it be used in iPhoto to edit photos?
- Asked by Alphonse B from Lunenburg
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Yes, if your computer is running Snow Leopard version 10.6.4.
- Answered by Roger K from Santa Clara
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I can only speak for Parallel 5 or their recent upgrade. They work 90% as well.
- Answered by Thomas E
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Yes, that's how the "Pinch & Close" magic trackpad gesture is implemented with two points of contact getting closer together or further apart.
- Answered by Chris S from San Jose
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Yes you can buy a sticker that adds a layer of numeric pad keys to the magic trackpad and it includes some software that can make it perfrom like it was a seprate numeric pad on its own.
Answering my own question: Yes it works.
I bought a Magic Trackpad and a bluetooth mouse and connected both to a Windows machine (Windows 7) and they work simultaneously.
I did some research beforehand and realized you can connect up to 8 bluetooth devices and they all should work together regardless of operating system.
- Answered by Robert Z
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No - the trackpad operates by using Bluetooth (used for devices like mobile phones, keyboards and mice operating over a small range), not WiFi (used for wireless internet connections). If the trackpad had WiFi it would likely be much more difficult to set up and work less reliably.
- Answered by Mark R from Saffron Walden
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What's this like for use on the arm of a sofa or cushion?
Especially when clicking/dragging/swiping/etc? Normally I use the one on the Macbook, but I sometimes plug the MacBook Pro into the TV and use a mouse/keyboard on my knee/leg/sofa! This Magic Trackpad might be far better, and at least I'd be able to swipe between spaces easier than my current middle mouse button to Mission Control shortcut. But equally it's quite expensive and it's not my normal usage scenario so I want to be very sure it'll click fine and really work nicely as I can't justify it if it's not that much better than my £5 mouse!
- Asked by Philip H
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I've found the Magic Trackpad great for using my iMac from bed but the clicking is part of the 2 front feet. So unless the trackpad is resting on something firm you can't click it (unless you press those buttons yourself). I didn't find this a problem since I use tapping anyway but if you want clicking, it can't do it.
- Answered by Severi H
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Does magic track pad work for a disabled person with only one arm.
- Asked by Maximillian E from Monterey Park
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I think we will need more information to answer this question, but I will try.
The magic trackpad is an ambidextrous device that requires one hand to operate. It is touch sensitive, and will respond to touch from any part of the body (foot, elbow, etc.) Obviously without the flexibility of fingers it will be a simple point and click device, but it may still be easier to operate for those with limited movement. (Going into a store to try one out is likely your best bet.)
- Answered by David K from San Jose
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can i drag and grab with the track pad
- Asked by Ernest N from Charlotte
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will one trackpad work with multiple macs?
I have a macbook and a macbook pro. Can one trackpad be synced with both of my macs?
- Asked by Brett V from Allentown
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Yes, it can be used on both of your macs. However, it can only be paired with one at a time. So, if you were using it on your macbook pro and wanted to use it on your macbook, you would need to unpair it with your macbook pro and then pair it with your macbook. This process does take some time.
If you frequently use both computers simultaneously, I would recommend investing in an additional mouse.
- Answered by Erik P from Apple Valley
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Yes, you can switch it to "tap" instead of click and it helps a lot. You may be able to do that on your macbook pro too.
- Answered by Carla G from Katy
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I have an iMac 24" from 2008, a keyboard, a mouse but no track pad. When upgrading to Mac OS LION will I need to buy the Magic Track Pad ?Best Answer:
No you do not:)
Is there an arrow icon also
When you move your finger across the pad does an arrow follow like with the mouse
- Asked by Robert Y from Hudson
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- Answered by Stephen P from Arlington Heights
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