Friday, September 08, 2006

Two finger scroll on the trackpad

I was a bit slow to find this one - so here's a quick tip. If you want to easily scroll through web pages or documents, just drag on the track pad with two fingers (if you have a Macbook). Simple and very effective. And it's smart enough to be reliable - no gesture-related false positives.

Oh, and you can also scroll sideways. Awesome.

[Update, thanks for the comment Anonymous. You can turn this on and off in the System Preferences. Just choose "Keyboard and Mouse", Trackpad tab and check "Use two fingers to scroll".]

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

you should tell people where they can turn this feature on and off in the control panels.

J said...

I dunno if this is a feature that's well know of not, or maybe it isn't even a feature:

but if you move just one of the two fingers (but still hold both down), instead of both at once, it'll scroll much slower. Kinda cool.

It's kind of like your fingers are pretending to skateboard.

Narbs said...

Thanks J, I didn't know that one - nice feature anyway even if its unintended...

Anonymous said...

I've got one of the newer macbooks with 10.5 on it. I found that I had to go to system preferences, and choose trackpad instead of keyboard/mouse

Anonymous said...

How do you turn on this feature? I have a new MacBook with 10.5 on it and I have been looking in the control panel but cannot find where to turn on the trackpad.

Narbs said...

Should be in System Preferences | Trackpad settings on the new MBP. One of the gestures is a two-finger scroll but there are a bunch of different gestures available. That Trackpad dialog explains them all. Lucky you for having a new MBP. I'm still on the older MacBook...

Anonymous said...

Keep posting stuff like this i really like it