Numerous 15-inch MacBook pro owners and MacDailyNews readers have emailed us with news of an undocumented feature in Apple’s latest Mac OS X Update. Apple’s Mac OS X 10.4.7 Update released yesterday has brought two finger right-clicking to the 15-inch MacBook Pro.
Apple’s 15-inch MacBook Pro joins the MacBook and 17-inch MacBook Pro models which offer secondary click (right click) in typically elegant Apple style. There’s no need to physically chop the click button into two: just place two fingers anywhere on the trackpad and click the button to secondary click. Alternatively, users can eliminate need for the button altogether for right-clicking by enabling “Trackpad Clicking” and checking the “Tap trackpad using two fingers for secondary click” option in the Keyboard & Mouse Trackpad section of System Preferences.
Both options are typically elegant solutions from Apple that work very well.
[Thanks to all the MacDailyNews Readers who emailed us.]
MacDailyNews Note: Many MacDailyNews readers have reported success with iScroll2 which is a modified trackpad driver that adds two-finger scrolling and other trackpad capabilities (right-click) to supported pre-2005 PowerBooks and iBooks on OS X 10.3 and higher. Supported models include aluminum PowerBooks introduced from 2003 to 2004 as well as all G4 iBooks. Also, the US$15 shareware SideTrack has worked for us in the past.
[UPDATE: 12:28pm EDT: Added info about option to enable two-finger trackpad click without button.]
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