Mac OS X 10.4.7 enables two finger right-click on 15-inch MacBook Pro

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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Related MacDailyNews article:
Apple releases Mac OS X 10.4.7 Update – June 27, 2006

38 Comments

  1. this is a great feature for all, but especially for recent switchers as myself (feb. 06). i’m so much more productive with the right click (mighty mouse).

    i know i would just hate having to press the cmd key + click every time i wanted a contextual menu. in fact it’s a “feature”/preference i miss in safari of having to press cmd + click to get links to open in tabs rather than other windows.

    firefox is able to to this by changing a setting, i prefer to use safari though.

    anyhoo, i’m saving for a macbook now. i can’t wait.

  2. on my macbook I can turn on a clicking method that lets me tap the track pad with two fingers to right click… I don’t even need the button. Can this be done now with the 15 MBP? I have only heard the hold-to-fingers-down-and-click-the-button method.

  3. Awesome!

    This is great news for laptop users who actually use their laptops as laptops. I always crack up when I go to a cafe and see some poor bastard with a big clunky PC laptop, with a mouse and power supply plugged in. They typically have some massive bag too. They connect the whole thing up, turn in on, wait for Windows to boot, and five minutes after they sat down they can start working.

    I whip my 5.5lb MacBook Pro out of my <1lb bag, open it and get right to work.

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