Power up your Mac’s track­pad

En­hance your track­pad with Bet­terTouchTool

Mac|Life - - CONTENTS - Craig Gran­nell

Your track­pad rec­og­nizes far more ges­tures than Ap­ple pro­vides ac­cess to in Sys­tem Pref­er­ences’ Track­pad pane. But Bet­terTouchTool can un­leash the full power of the Multi-Touch sur­face.

The app en­ables you to choose from ad­di­tional ges­tures and as­sign ac­tions to them. Treat the ex­am­ples we give here as a start­ing point and ex­per­i­ment with ideas of your own. (In Man­age Pre­sets, ex­port a backup of your Bet­terTouchTool set­tings, then reim­port them later — a great way to re­use them on a second Mac.)

Bet­terTouchTool also of­fers more nu­anced gen­eral track­pad con­trols. In the app’s tool­bar, click the Ad­vanced but­ton and then Track­pad. You’ll see a range of options for fine-tun­ing how your track­pad works. If things go a bit weird, you can click Re­set All Set­tings.

You can in­stall a free 45-day trial of it from fo­livora.ai — af­ter that, a two-year li­cense costs $6.50; a life­time one is $20. Open the app, click the icon it adds to the menu bar, choose Pref­er­ences, then click on the Track­pads tab be­low the tool­bar. Let’s get started!

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