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Reduce loud trackpad click on Unibody portables Laptop Macs
Lots of the new 2008 MacBook and MacBook Pros exhibit a much louder trackpad click that the older models. There have been numerous posts suggesting solutions like stuffing Kleenex between the battery and underside of the trackpad. Probably not the best idea to place a combustible item like tissue next to the battery.

However, if you turn the notebook over and pop out the battery, you will reveal the underside of the trackpad. There you will find a tri-blade screw (it's got a Y-shaped head) that adjusts the travel of the trackpad button and the force needed to register a click successfully. This screw is actually quite easy to turn using a small flat bladed screwdriver, so no special tools are required.

Turning the screw clockwise will reduce the required travel, and also dampen the sound of the click itself. Turning the screw counterclockwise increases the travel, and provides a much more audible click.

Note: I would advise turning the screw an 1/8th of a turn, test, then repeat until the desired effect is achieved. Tightening the screw too far will result in the inability to register a click at all, and may result in damage to the trackpad mechanism itself. You are, of course, responsible for any damage you do to your Mac if you try out this hint!
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Reduce loud trackpad click on Unibody portables
Authored by: howiedi2 on Dec 23, '08 10:16:38AM

I would say just get used to it. If you damage your machine, it won't be covered under warranty. Most new laptops exhibit this "issue" early on but usage over time reduces the noise.



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Reduce loud trackpad click on Unibody portables
Authored by: palahala on Dec 23, '08 11:15:04AM

Doesn't this trackpad allow you to tap to click, without really pressing down the whole trackpad? I hardly ever use the button on my old MacBook (or any trackpad for that matter). I hope the new trackpad does not require one to actually press it down to click...?

If I were bothered by the sound then learning to tap might be a safer solution :-)



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Reduce loud trackpad click on Unibody portables
Authored by: elfinabout on Dec 23, '08 11:22:35AM

Don't worry - the new machines all support the same tap-click as the existing laptops have done for some time (System Preferences > Keyboard and Mouse > Trackpad > Tap to Click). No need to rely on a physical button if you don't want to. :o)



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Reduce loud trackpad click on Unibody portables
Authored by: jej on Dec 23, '08 02:27:25PM

> Doesn't this trackpad allow you to tap to click, without really pressing down the whole trackpad?

Yes, you can still tap to click. The tap with two fingers makes a right click.

Jej



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Reduce loud trackpad click on Unibody portables
Authored by: Easen on Jan 30, '09 09:41:47AM

Thanks for the excellent tip, now my track pad click is quieter than my the click's of my keys

I turned the screw about 90 degrees clockwise, i tried to turn it further but the pad did not click



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