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10.4: Implement two-finger clicking on MacBook Pros Laptop Macs
I can in no way take credit for this, but I've heard the new MacBooks are able to right-=click with a two-finger tap on the trackpad. Some nice folks in the oxs86project forums have ported the solution to the MacBook Pro. I haven't had time to try out on my machine yet, but there's a thread on the MacBook Pro area of Apple Discussions, with many people being very happy. I've found some great hints here and figured this is something people here would be interested in.

[robg adds: I would expect Apple will enable this feature by default in a future software update. I have not looked at the above-linked package, so I'm not sure what it consists of. If it were my $2500 MacBook Pro, I might be inclined to wait for an Apple-released solution, but I'm a bit of a chicken about such things...though two-finger clicking is a very cool feature, based on my time so far with my new MacBook.

As an aside, this is also the first hint to use of one of our new hardware categories!]
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10.4: Implement two-finger clicking on MacBook Pros
Authored by: transeau on May 30, '06 08:37:19AM

The 17" MBP's already support this. I'm not sure why the 15" wouldn't
support it, but I would also assume that an Apple update will be out soon
for it.



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10.4: Implement two-finger clicking on MacBook Pros
Authored by: OceanCubed on May 30, '06 02:48:43PM
Works perfectly on my 15" Macbook Pro.

Scroll down to the bottom of the forum and download this version:

http://forum.osx86project.org/index.php?s=d2f9eb5624b010d7e7707a2b8957085f&act=Attach&type=post&id=2834

or simply copy and paste the above address.

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10.4: Implement two-finger clicking on MacBook Pros
Authored by: OceanCubed on May 30, '06 02:50:29PM

Sorry, I thought I couldn't actually link the above address to the file.

Please ignore my ramblings about copy and paste!



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What about Powerbooks???
Authored by: itistoday on May 30, '06 03:27:03PM

I've heard of this trick but I've yet to read anywhere about a similar trick
for the two-finger scroll enabled Powerbook G4's. Anyone know? I'd
greatly appreciate it!



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What about Powerbooks???
Authored by: robg on May 30, '06 03:46:05PM

Get SideTrack. The built-in driver lacks any of the nifty features, but SideTrack can do even more (though no two-finger tricks).

It's a Pick of the Week here; search on sidetrack and you'll find it pretty quickly.

-rob.



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What about Powerbooks???
Authored by: itistoday on May 30, '06 04:21:11PM

Thanks but I meant that my powerbook can already do two-finger scrolling
(without Sidetrack) and all I want now is two-finger clicking.



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What about Powerbooks???
Authored by: astrosmash on Jun 01, '06 03:40:36PM

You need to install a trackpad driver that provides two-finger right-click (as well as two-finger scrolling, obviously)

The iScroll2 driver supports it. It's meant to provider two-finger scrolling on iBooks, but it also supports two-finger right-click.

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What about Powerbooks???
Authored by: grahams on Jun 01, '06 04:09:50PM

But iScroll2 does not support 2005 Powerbooks that support two-fingered scroll out of the box (iScroll2 only supports ADB trackpads, not USB trackpads)



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10.4: Implement two-finger clicking on MacBook Pros
Authored by: armydoc on May 31, '06 01:14:02AM

For those with non-English OSX's - you'll have to change the language setting to English for this to work, but can change the language back after enabling the feature.



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How Jason Snell Implemented two-finger clicking on MacBook Pros
Authored by: shadownight on Jun 01, '06 03:45:55PM

Interestingly, Jason Snell just published an article over at Macworld.com about this (among other things). He got it to work on his MacBook Pro by accident by cloning his MacBook's drive to the MacBook Pro, thus bringing the software necessary for this to work over on the MacBook Pro!



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10.4: Implement two-finger clicking on MacBook Pros
Authored by: Ross T on Jun 01, '06 05:26:09PM

Cool! It even works on virtual machines in Parallels Desktop.



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Not on by default on MacBook
Authored by: sjonke on Jun 01, '06 06:20:16PM

Note that at least on the MacBook the two-finger clicking feature is not enabled by default. You can turn it on in the Keyboard & Mouse preference pane of System Preferences. Works pretty well, but it isn't an ideal solution. You can't click and then move the mouse to select something in the context menu, at least not smoothly. Instead you have to two-finger click, let go, move the mouse and then click. It's a bit awkward. I hope Apple will eventually just give in and put a two-button mouse on their portables.

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Not on by default on MacBook
Authored by: jasonf on Jun 08, '06 04:45:16PM

Thanks I was wondering why mine wasn't working.



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10.4.7 implements right-click!
Authored by: lujo on Jun 28, '06 09:42:21PM

I just got my MacBook Pro 15" this week and with the 10.4.7 update coming out yesterday, I hadn't even gotten to trying this hack yet. I thought it was worth a check to see if the update implemented this for us, and it is! No more hack needed.



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