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10.6: Flip around (invert) the Magic Trackpad
Authored by: Crazor on Nov 01, '10 04:05:32PM

I can't get this to work. I set the preference (and checked it with defaults read) but nothing happens. I tried turning the trackpad off and on, changing a trackpad-related setting and rebooting the machine, but nothing worked.

Can someone describe what is meant by "resting 5 fingers on the trackpad"? Do I need to put the full fingers down or only the fingertips? Is the trackpad only inverted while 5 fingers are on the pad or does the 5 finger trick toggle normal and inverse modes?



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Superuser default that actually works?
Authored by: sureshot on Nov 01, '10 07:08:08PM

Here's an alternate default that definitely works but will prompt you for the system's root (Administrator) password, and require reboot (or reconnect?):

sudo defaults write com.apple.MultitouchSupport ForceAutoOrientation YES

Turn the trackpad the way you want it then place 5 fingertips on it all at once, with them fairly spread out like somebody's taking your fingerprints.

You DON'T have to remove the preference to switch back to normal orientation. Just turn trackpad back around and touch 5 fingers again.



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Superuser default that actually works?
Authored by: Crazor on Nov 02, '10 07:17:23AM

I can confirm that this second variant works. It doesn't need the other preference, too.



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10.6: Flip around (invert) the Magic Trackpad
Authored by: TheTSArt on Nov 02, '10 12:40:10AM

I can't get it to work either.

I think it would be great if you could hold the trackpad on it's side by the battery compartment and swipe with your other hand. That would be great for doing presentations.



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