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Scroll with one finger on newer Apple laptops Laptop Macs
This might be obvious but I just discovered it today: If you have one of the newer two-finger-scrolling trackpads, you can keep one finger anywhere on the trackpad while moving only one finger to scroll.

[robg adds: Probably obvious to some, but worth sharing if you haven't realized you don't need to drag both fingers...]
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Scroll with one finger on newer Apple laptops
Authored by: mlopes on Nov 29, '06 08:16:27AM

Not so new... I have a 18 months old powerbook with with that (priceless) feature. When I found that out I stoped using the external mouse.



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Scroll with one finger on newer Apple laptops
Authored by: Shawn Parr on Nov 29, '06 09:34:15AM

I don't know if anyone else has this experience, but I've noticed on my Macbook that when I use one finger it scrolls slower than when I move both my fingers.

I occasionally find this to be rather handy.



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Scroll with one finger on newer Apple laptops
Authored by: Jason_ff on Nov 29, '06 09:38:43AM

This is how I used to scroll exclusively on my MBP, until I found out you should move bother fingers at the same time. I think the reason why it moves slower is because you're not supposed to scroll like that, ie its a glitch.

Glitch or not, it still works and can still be kinda handy



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Scroll with one finger on newer Apple laptops
Authored by: PancakeMan on Nov 29, '06 10:58:32AM

The reason why it goes slower, if I understand correctly, is that the computer is assuming the midpoint of your two fingers reflects your scrolling intentions. By leaving one finger stationary, the midpoint only moves half as far.



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Scroll with one finger on newer Apple laptops
Authored by: PancakeMan on Nov 29, '06 11:04:07AM
Feeling like I've actually made the above comment before, I did a site search and found that this is actually the THIRD time this hint has been published! one two

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Scroll with one finger on newer Apple laptops
Authored by: ugo on Nov 30, '06 12:20:39PM

now press ctrl and move your (one or two) fingers up.
you zoom into your screen!



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Scroll with one finger on newer Apple laptops
Authored by: olivierj on Nov 30, '06 02:14:21PM

Wow! I newer Knew that zooming function existed. Thanks for the tip.



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Scroll with one finger on newer Apple laptops
Authored by: bill_mcgonigle on Dec 01, '06 11:58:22AM

Maybe obvious to some, but it wasn't to me. Thanks for helping me enjoy my MBP even more.



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Scroll with one finger on newer Apple laptops
Authored by: themacthinker on Dec 05, '06 06:45:20AM
Note that this feature decribed allows you to scoll slowly, slower than if you move the two fingers at the same time.
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Scroll with one finger on newer Apple laptops
Authored by: palahala on Dec 05, '06 02:24:16PM

Then you might also not have noticed one can drag & drop beyond the end of the scrollpad, like when you hit one of the borders of the scrollpad but did not yet complete dragging: keep the finger used for dragging on the trackpad, and simply put another finger on the pad as well. Finally release the first finger: you can now continue dragging using the second finger. That is: if you did not put the second finger too close to the border as well ;-)



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Scroll with one finger on newer Apple laptops
Authored by: rlicata on Jan 23, '07 11:17:25PM

Yes it is possible to do this, but the scrolling is slower. With two fingers, scrolling flies.



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