1 Unknown Awesome Mac Feature

Follow These Instructions To Up Your Mac Game

In my last post I wrote about how you can essentially “rebuild” your computer even if it’s a few years old and how much that helps make it run much smoother and better. I’ve been playing around with all the settings to get them back to how I like and making it run a little bit better.

This morning, I remembered another trackpad gesture that wasn’t working that I had enabled on my last setup. It’s a simple gesture but is quite useful. First, some context.

I am a huge fan of being able to use your computer without it sounding like a rampage of clicks and keys… And for the love of all things good in this life please stop clicking your trackpad so hard, we don’t all need to know that you are clicking on stuff. It’s annoying trust me.

As this is my point of view and opinion I always turn this feature on for every mac I ever use, even if it’s a demo at the Apple Store and I’m just playing around with it. The feature of course is “Tap to Click”, see here.

I love tap to click, and I really try not to make an audible click sound when using my trackpad on my MacBook Pro. Seeing that audible sounds from clicking are annoying it is a natural chain of logic to ask the following question. “Chase, how do you handle dragging windows around and moving them on the screen?” Or, “How do you open a drop down menu and select your choice in one tap when you can’t hold a tap on the track pad?”

Great questions, I’m glad you asked. There is a way to do it, but it’s hidden in your accessibility settings. Here’s how you do it.

  1. From the Apple menu, choose System Preferences.
  2. Click the Accessibility icon.
  3. Choose Mouse & Trackpad from the options on the left.
  4. Click Trackpad Options.
  5. Place a checkmark next to “Enable dragging.”
  6. From the related pop-up menu, choose “three finger drag” so there’s a checkmark next to it.
  7. Click OK. (Or better yet “tap” OK)

There you have it, the beloved but hidden “three finger drag” trackpad option on your Mac. It’s fantastic, you never have to hear the clicking sound again if you don’t want to AND you don’t have to be THAT guy/girl at the coffee shop working next time driving everyone around you nuts, but let’s be honest if you are working remotely, and you are bothered by someone else working there next to you, then you clearly don’t deserve to work remotely because that’s what headphones were invented for, just saying.

That’s all, just go turn on that feature and you’ll be a little bit happier :)