The secret function of the touchpad in the MacBook. Create your gestures

The touchpad in Apple computers is still the benchmark and unattainable limit for most manufacturers.

Much time has passed since its appearance, and the set of functions has not changed much since then.

I suggest to pump the touchpad to perform the necessary actions without using the keyboard.

How to add gestures

To add new gestures have to use third-party utilities. Most often, such programs do not get into the Mac App Store and are distributed through the developer sites.

We will use one of these applications to add gestures.

1. Download the program Multitouch from the developer’s site .

2. Install the utility and provide access to control the computer along the path System Settings – Protection and Security – Universal Access .

3. Set up new gestures using the Multitouch icon in the menu bar.

What can multitouch

The program works only with the original input devices Magic Mouse, Magic Trackpad or MacBook touchpad.

Gestures for the mouse and trackpad are configured separately and do not conflict with existing macOS gestures.

For Magic Mouse available:

  • clicking the middle of the mouse
  • pressing the right side of the sensor and then the left
  • clicking on the left side of the sensor, and then on the right
  • pressing three or four fingers
  • gripping two fingers and tap third in various modifications

For Magic Trackpad available:

  • tap in a certain corner of the touch panel
  • Side swipe with two fingers from the left border (mirror to call the notification center)
  • clamping with one finger and tap or swap with another in various modifications
  • pressing three, four or five fingers in different versions

As you can see, the choice is quite large, you don’t have to invent any gestures yourself, and the available actions are performed easily without breaking fingers.

In total, the mouse will add up to nine , and for the trackpad – up to nineteen new actions.

What can be tied to new gestures

Each configured gesture can be assigned to a button or keyboard shortcut , emulating one of the mouse buttons.

It is useful to add both the middle key, which is lacking on the Apple handlers, and other keys that are used in third-party programs.

You can bind a modifier key combination or even a direct shortcut for the desired action, for example, to end a program, delete a file, or create a new document.

You can control the application on top of which the cursor is currently located. So with a simple gesture, you can completely turn off programs even without focusing on them.

For Safari and Chrome browsers, you can navigate through tabs, close pages, create new tabs, and reopen closed sites.

You can even specify the same action for all programs that support tabs. So the same gesture will work not only in browsers, but also in Finder, Xcode, TextEdit and other applications.

Such a set of possibilities can be tied to the new gestures of the manipulator.

If this is not enough, you just need to create a new system shortcut and link it to the mouse or trackpad via the Multitouch settings.


In the application settings, you can configure the activation of a double tap by single-tap, autostart the program, adjust the sensitivity of gestures and adjust the operation of the Force Touch vibration feedback.

  • Buy Multitouch on the developer’s site – $ 3.99 (there is a free 30-day trial)
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