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10.7: Disable Smart Zoom to remove delay in two-finger Secondary Click System 10.7
Mac OS X Lion has a new 'Smart Zoom' gesture for trackpad users that zooms in supported applications (ex. Preview) just by double-tapping the trackpad with two fingers. This is much like double-tap feature in iOS devices.

The problem with this feature in Lion is that it uses the same two-finger gesture as secondary click (aka 'right click'). When two-finger tapping for a secondary click, there is a slight delay where Lion waits to determine if you mean to do a secondary tap or a Smart Zoom double tap. This delay may not be a problem with many users, but some may find it annoying and it also prevents making secondary taps in quick succession in certain applications, such as games.

Remove this delay by disabling Smart Zoom under System Preferences:

System Preferences » Trackpad » Scroll & Zoom tab » uncheck Smart zoom.

Disabling it will restore the original pre-Lion behavior for secondary click; no delay and allows for multiple secondary taps.

If you don't want to disable Smart Zoom, an alternative is to disable two-finger secondary tap and change it to secondary clicking by one of the bottom trackpad corners.

[crarko adds: A clear case of Gesture overload.]
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10.7: Disable Smart Zoom to remove delay in two-finger Secondary Click
Authored by: jomiku on Aug 16, '11 07:59:32AM

Without changing any preference, I double tap to zoom and to reach the right click menus I tap with two fingers and my thumb, either at the same time or the thumb after. I don't see the behavior noted at all.



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10.7: Disable Smart Zoom to remove delay in two-finger Secondary Click
Authored by: r-spx on Aug 16, '11 08:20:52AM

I don't see this delay.

I'm guessing it's only a problem if you have tap-to-click enabled, which it isn't by default.

In fact, I've just checked and I'm right. The tip should mention this or people will be turning-off a useful feature unnecessarily.



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Tap to Click and No Delays
Authored by: cycomachead on Aug 16, '11 12:53:02PM

I have most gestures turned on, including tap to click (which I've used on ever Apple lappy I've owned).

I haven't seen a problem with these gestures, and if there is a small delay, it's not enough to bother me.

For me, Smart Zoom is all too useful in Safari. It provides a quick way to maximize text, and means that when I remember to use it, I can use Universal Access Zoom less (which I need due to eyesight).



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10.7: Disable Smart Zoom to remove delay in two-finger Secondary Click
Authored by: elitree on Aug 16, '11 09:54:52AM

I was wondering about this delay, but didn't get to look into it. I use my trackpad extensively, and am happy to sacrifice Smart Zoom for a speedier secondary click. Works great. Thanks for the tip!



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10.7: Disable Smart Zoom to remove delay in two-finger Secondary Click
Authored by: David Allen on Aug 16, '11 08:26:24PM

If you use a Magic Mouse, Smart Zoom is a one-finger double tap and Mission Control is a two-finger double tap. Both are activated in System Prefs/Mouse.

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