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10.6: 'Ignore trackpad when mouse is present' has moved System 10.6
After updating to Snow Leopard, I've been having issues with accidental input on my trackpad. I had forgotten where the checkbox was to disable the trackpad when I had a mouse hooked up, so I popped into the Snow Leopard help system to find the solution.

Unfortunately, there wasn't an answer there; the only thing I found discussed the "accidental input" option:
To make your trackpad inactive: Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, and then click Trackpad. Open Trackpad preferences. Select the "Ignore accidental trackpad input" checkbox to make the computer ignore the trackpad while you type.
After some digging, I discovered that the checkbox has moved to the Universal Access System Preferences panel, under the Keyboard and Mouse tab. Now if I could only find out why it was moved there.

[robg adds: On a related note, it appears the references "Ignore accidental trackpad input" checkbox is gone altogether.]
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10.6: 'Ignore trackpad when mouse is present' has moved
Authored by: RaceTripper on Sep 30, '09 09:23:45AM

Thanks for that tip. I missed it too. That was a bonehead move on Apple's part to move it, if you ask me.



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10.6: 'Ignore trackpad when mouse is present' has moved
Authored by: Endorphinity on Sep 30, '09 09:35:16AM

I have submitted a bug to Apple about missing 'Ignore trackpad when mouse is present' checkbox this summer, during testing developer seeds of SL, and they were rather kind to answer about its transition to Universal Access prefpane. As to me, that was not easy to guess, as I was simply not expecting it to move.



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10.6: 'Ignore trackpad when mouse is present' has moved
Authored by: lihtox on Sep 30, '09 09:52:27AM

I can't find the box in 10.5.8 at all. Presumably the search feature on System Preferences would bring it up on those Macs which have the box?



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10.6: 'Ignore trackpad when mouse is present' has moved
Authored by: stantonio on Sep 30, '09 02:41:13PM

I found in trackpad preferences a checkbox labelled

"ignore accidental trackpad input"

Isn't that the same thing except the word "mouse present" removed or is it different under the skin as well?

OS 10.6.1
2007 macbook
(I have done a clean install)



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10.6: 'Ignore trackpad when mouse is present' has moved
Authored by: sirmarcos on Sep 30, '09 03:36:25PM

I see the "Ignore accidental input" thing under "trackpad" on 10.6.1 and a white MB here. But, I don't know why they moved the "ignore trackpad when mouse is present" either.



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10.6: 'Ignore trackpad when mouse is present' has moved
Authored by: gklinger on Sep 30, '09 04:11:09PM
Robg wrote, "On a related note, it appears the references "Ignore accidental trackpad input" checkbox is gone altogether."

Actually, Apple has spoken to this issue here. The gist is that the functionality is enabled by default on Macs with integrated trackpads made since late 2008.

Hope that helps.

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