All trackpad gestures on Mac

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One of the biggest benefits of macOS is the ability to use various gestures on the trackpad like on the iPhone and iPad. With Apple computers, users can switch between apps, zoom in on photos, and even do a quick dictionary lookup with just a few taps. Get to know all the Mac trackpad gestures.

Mac offers an extensive list of gestures. In some cases, combinations can be customized by users. Next, check out the options available on macOS separated by the System Preferences tabs.

Cursor and click

  • Research and Data Detectors: By placing the cursor over text, for example, and making a hard one-finger click or three-finger tap on the trackpad, users can access meaning in the dictionary, Wikipedia and more;
  • Secondary click: It is the equivalent of the right mouse button to display the context menu. The user can configure it to appear in three ways: click or tap with two fingers and click on the lower left or right corner;
  • Press to click: when activated, the user only needs to touch the trackpad to click, without needing to press it.

Scroll and zoom

  • Scroll direction: Sets the scroll direction of a page when you drag the trackpad with two fingers up or down;
  • Zoom in or out: Enables or disables the pinch gesture to zoom in on images, web pages and more;
  • Smart Zoom: Zooms in and out of images and other content by double-tapping the trackpad with two fingers;
  • Turn: change the orientation of images and other objects by touching two fingers on the touchpad and rotating them from side to side.

More gestures

  • Switch between pages: allows you to return to a webpage by swiping left/right with two fingers, swiping with three fingers, or swiping with two and three fingers;
  • Switch between full-screen applications: switch between full-screen apps by swiping by swiping three or four fingers between left and right;
  • Notification Center: Shows the notification center by swiping two fingers from the right edge to the left;
  • Mission control: Displays Mission Control by swiping up with three or four fingers;
  • Exposed for the active application: Brings all open application windows to the front when you swipe down with three or four fingers;
  • Launching ramp: Displays the application menu by joining your thumb and three fingers;
  • Show desktop: Displays the desktop by separating the thumb and three fingers.

How to Configure Mac Trackpad Gestures

Not all gestures are enabled natively. But you can customize the operating system settings to make the trackpad work the way you want. Find out how below:

  1. Go to macOS settings: Click on the Apple menu and enter “System Preferences”;
  2. Open trackpad settings: On the preferences home screen, choose the “Trackpad” option;
  3. Choose the category of gestures: now you just have to navigate between the “Path and click”, “Scroll and zoom” and “More gestures” tabs to change the settings;
  4. Change settings: You can then enable or disable macOS trackpad gestures. Note that just below the option name you can also choose how the command will be triggered. But unfortunately, not all options are customizable.

Okay, now use the computer normally!

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