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Another way to create a secondary click Laptop Macs
If you have two-finger trackpad tap set to function as a secondary click, you can also just hold two fingers down on the trackpad and click the track button for a secondary click. This works in 10.5 Intel and PowerPC. I'm not sure if it works in 10.4, but I'm guessing it will work fine on Intel and PowerPC.

[robg adds: This method of clicking can be useful if you're using two fingers to scroll; you don't have to lift them and then tap when you want a contextual menu. Just click the mouse button with the fingers still on the pad, and you'll get a control-click.]
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Another way to create a secondary click
Authored by: brett_x on Jan 18, '08 08:13:12AM

Nice hint! I can confirm that this does work in 10.4.11 on a MacBookPro.



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Another way to create a secondary click
Authored by: ms_t_rie on Jan 18, '08 08:20:11AM

In 10.4, there's just a checkbox under the trackpad panel in System Preferences for 'Place two fingers on trackpad and click button for secondary click'.

I have it enabled and have used that feature quite often :)

That works whether or not you have tapping enabled (I have always kept it disabled as I kept hitting it by accident otherwise).



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System preferences
Authored by: matthiasr on Jan 18, '08 08:56:36AM

the text of this option changes depending on whether tapping is on.



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No option in 10.4 and PowerPC (PB G4 1.5 12")
Authored by: alexmathew on Jan 18, '08 06:51:06PM

There is no option for two-finger click - just Trackpad click - drag- drag and lock is available. Too bad, I would have loved this feature.
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No option in 10.4 and PowerPC (PB G4 1.5 12")
Authored by: aquarajustin on Jan 20, '08 06:49:45AM

I can confirm that this works with my PB G4 12" 1.5 on Leopard.



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No option in 10.4 and PowerPC (PB G4 1.5 12")
Authored by: vincentvw on Jan 24, '08 09:58:47AM

You'll need Leopard for it to be enabled in PowerPCs. A little upgrade-incentive, courtesy of Apple.



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"Long-time" Tiger feature on Intel Macs
Authored by: lujo on Jan 18, '08 07:52:22PM
The two-fingers + click method for a secondary-click has been around since shortly after the intro of the Intel Macs (2006). It was originally only available on the 17" MacBook Pros, but a subsequent update to Tiger opened the feature to all Intel-based laptops. I don't remember ever hearing about this as an OS-based feature for PowerMac-based Macs. Some third-party utilities have provided similar funtionality (SideTrack) though.

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"Long-time" Tiger feature on Intel Macs
Authored by: wm on Jan 19, '08 02:51:27AM

Leopard added this for PPC Macs like my 12" PowerBook (1.5 GHz, so it's always had Apple-supported two-finger scrolling).



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"Long-time" Tiger feature on Intel Macs
Authored by: ms_t_rie on Jan 19, '08 06:25:03AM

iScroll2 provides that ability on Panther on my Powerbook, I didn't realize that Tiger didn't provide it for PPC. Really never thought the processor would make a difference for a function that is trackpad based :)



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"Long-time" Tiger feature on Intel Macs
Authored by: vincentvw on Jan 24, '08 10:00:50AM

It didn't make a difference. It's just that Apple had patented the "technology" preventing anyone from releasing driver-hack.



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Another way to create a secondary click
Authored by: metiure on Jan 21, '08 06:13:21AM

It works on my PowerBook G4 (late 2005) too.



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Another way to create a secondary click
Authored by: Martial_Slone on Jan 21, '08 11:08:20AM

Any way on a mbp to enable the right-click touchpad button when 2 fingers are pressed without enabling two finger tap right-clicking?

I really like using the 2 fingers + click to right click, but I find with the two finger tap enabled, I often right click when I mean to normal click.



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Another way to create a secondary click
Authored by: sf addict on Jan 21, '08 03:06:43PM

The click-drag option can be turned off in the Keyboard & Mouse Control Panel under the Trackpad pane by unchecking the the box for Clicking.
The two finger on trackpad+click for secondary click is a separate checkbox.
I use the latter but not the former as my standard operating procedure and have worked that way since I realized these features were available- first day I got a MBP (week 7 after they began to ship).



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Another way to create a secondary click
Authored by: digitol on Jan 21, '08 01:44:15PM

Awesome. Actually got the terminology correct! Right-click is incorrect, it is actually Secondary Click. I'm usually never a nit picker...but this one I like to comment on because "rightclick" is so windows, and that for me is a baaad thing. :P



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Another way to create a secondary click
Authored by: osxpounder on Jan 21, '08 07:39:09PM

It took a few days to "grow on me", but now I love it. I find this is easier on my hands, and that I can work longer doing it your way than by 2-finger tapping, plus, it's more reliable. 2-finger taps don't always do it for me, but this, this is fabulous.

Thanks! My hands thank you, too.



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Another way to create a secondary click
Authored by: Justme8800 on Jan 30, '08 02:14:06PM

Haha, I could have used the opposite of this hint a couple years ago, when I first got my macbook. I was under the impression that holding down the two fingers and clicking the button was how I was supposed to two-finger click. It was kinda annoying, until I realized I could just tap both fingers at the same time. XD

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