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Enable two-finger trackpad taps for 'remote' right-click Laptop Macs
I regularly use Chicken of the VNC (CotV) and Apple Remote Desktop (v2.2) to access a number of various Macs and Windows machines on both LAN and WAN connections. I also have seven other OSs installed with Parallels on my MacBook. Each of these scenarios respond differently to Command-clicking as a substitute for a genuine right-click. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it only respects the Command key. Sometimes I don't have a mouse with me, so I get different results. (The Command-click in CotV is not recognized, for instance.).

Since they all work beautifully with a real right-click, I enabled a feature in the Keyboard & Mouse system preference to use two fingers on the track pad to simulate a right click to see how it might work. Much to my pleasure, it works like a charm! System Preferences » Keyboard & Mouse » Trackpad > [x] Tap trackpad using two fingers for secondary click.

Only rarely do I accidently 'right-click' when I don't mean to, so it's pretty effective and I'm getting better at it after only a couple weeks. It's fantastic. Now, whether I'm in ARD, Screen Sharing, CotV, or Parallels (or *gasp*, OS X!), using a two-finger tap does the right-clicking for me -- consistently.
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Enable two-finger trackpad taps for 'remote' right-click
Authored by: sapridyne on Jan 21, '09 07:58:18AM

This is a hint? REALLY?



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Enable two-finger trackpad taps for 'remote' right-click
Authored by: marook on Jan 21, '09 08:30:58AM

Yeah, this should not be a hint.
The feature pointed to, does the the same thing as cmd-clicking, so it should not come as a surprice.

It works all over, even MS Remote Desktop.. yes, it simply sends a cmd-click to the target. No magic there..

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/Marook



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Enable two-finger trackpad taps for 'remote' right-click
Authored by: Mr. H on Jan 21, '09 09:29:39AM

Firstly: Don't people mean ctrl-click rather than cmd-click? Certainly on my Mac (OS X 10.5.6), with the majority of applications holding down ctrl whilst left-clicking does the same thing as a right-click.

Secondly: I agree with sapridyne; this is a hint? Wow! if you enable trackpad right-clicking in Mac OS X, then when you do what it tells you to do to get a right click, it right-clicks! Amazing!

It's not "sending a ctrl-click", it's right-clicking, pure and simple.



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Enable two-finger trackpad taps for 'remote' right-click
Authored by: chucky23 on Jan 21, '09 10:14:06AM

Worst. Non-hint. Ever.



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Enable two-finger trackpad taps for 'remote' right-click
Authored by: MalEbenSo on Jan 24, '09 05:38:43AM

Wow. How about "if you can't say anything nice, then don't say anything at all"? ;-)

Frankly, if using two-finger-tap is old news for you, fine. It's not like we've never read any hint before that some of us were not already aware of. Just please give the author a break. This hint (sic!) might be useful for others out there. Nobody was really hurt by it being posted.



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Enable two-finger trackpad taps for 'remote' right-click
Authored by: palahala on Jan 24, '09 06:31:49AM

Agreed.

Even more, I did not know that maybe (or apparently) the two finger tap is not enabled by default? In other words: the coming days I'll definitely ask around to ensure my friends know about it. So, though two finger tapping is nothing new for me, I still learned something from this hint!



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