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Use the Force Touch trackpad

Learn more about the Force Touch trackpad, what it does, and how to use it.

Make a forceful click of the Force Touch trackpad

With the Force Touch trackpad, you can click forcefully by pressing down on the trackpad and then applying more pressure. This allows you to take advantage of additional functions in many apps and system functions on your Mac.

You can find a video on how to use the Force Click in the Apple menu ()> "System Preferences". Then select Trackpad, click the Point and Click tab, and hover over the Look Up & Data Recognition check box.

What you can do with a powerful click

Below are a few examples of what you can do with a forceful click:

  • Look up: With a forceful click on a piece of text on a website or in a mail message, you can display more information about the text, for example from a dictionary, Wikipedia and other sources.
  • Addresses: With a forceful click on an address you can see a map preview of that place.
  • Events: With a forceful click on dates and events you add them to the calendar.
  • Flight Numbers: With a forceful click on a flight number you get details about the flight.
  • Link preview: With a forceful click on a link in Safari or Mail, you can display a built-in preview of the website.
  • Tracking Numbers: With a forceful click on a tracking number in Safari or Mail, you can display shipping details in a popover.
  • File icons: With a forceful click on a file symbol, you can display an overview preview of the file content.
  • Filenames: With a forceful click on a file name in the Finder or on the desktop, you can edit the file name.
  • Dock: With a forceful click on an app in the dock you can access App Exposé. This will display all open windows of this app.
  • Mail: If you are composing a message with an image or a PDF attachment, you can activate the "Annotate" function by firmly clicking on the attachment. This is a great way to add notes to the attachment.
  • News: With a forceful click on a conversation in the sidebar you can view details and attachments, and a forceful click on a contact's token in the chat header shows the contact card in a popover.
  • Memories: With a forceful click on a reminder, you can display further details.
  • Calendar: With a forceful click on an event, you can display further details. With a forceful click on a conference participant, you can display the corresponding contact card in a popover.
  • Map locations: With a forceful click on a map location you can put a pin there.
  • iMovie: If your iMovie timeline has an animated map or globe, you can force-click the map or globe to access a style menu.
  • GarageBand: You can use forceful clicks in the following ways.
    • With a forceful click on a region you can rename it.
    • With a forceful click on a note in the piano roll editor or notation editor, you can delete this note.
    • With a forceful click on an empty area of ​​a software instrument track, you can create an empty MIDI region.
    • With a forceful click on an empty area of ​​a drummer track you can create a drummer region.
    • You can add an audio file with a forceful click on an empty area of ​​an audio track.
    • You can add a note by swiping an empty part of the Piano Roll Editor or Score Editor.
    • With a forceful click on the automation area of ​​a region, you can add automation points at the region boundaries.
    • You can enlarge the timeline by firmly clicking on a region while you are dragging.
    • With a strong click on the area under the last track header you can open the "New Track" dialog.

Other functions of the Force Touch trackpad

  • QuickTime and iMovie: You can press the buttons for fast forward or rewind with different degrees of pressure. This can be used to increase the speed at which you fast forward or rewind.
  • iMovie: Dragging a video clip to its maximum length will give you feedback that you have reached the end of the clip. When you add a title, you'll get feedback when the title is positioned at the beginning or end of a clip. Discreet feedback is also provided with the alignment aids that are displayed when a clip is trimmed in the viewer.
  • Map enlargement / reduction: Firmly press a zoom button to increase the speed of zooming in and out on a map.
  • Map rotation: You will feel a click when you turn the compass to north on maps.
  • Spotlight: You will feel a click when you move the Spotlight search bar back to the default horizontal or vertical position.
  • Preview: You will feel a click when you align shapes, text, and other markup elements.
  • Scroll through photos with arrow keys: When flipping through your photos in an album or moment with the arrow keys, you can press a little harder to increase the speed.
  • Rotate photos: When you select Crop in Photos and then rotate a photo, you will feel a snap when the photo is rotated by zero degrees.
  • GarageBand: You will feel feedback from the Force Touch trackpad when you do the following.
    • Move the track volume slider to the 0 dB position
    • Move the track panorama button to the middle position
    • Rearrange the tracks for a new drop position
    • Move the window borders to the point at which windows are shown / hidden
    • Move the track head boundaries to the point at which head elements are shown / hidden
    • Move the main program window to the point at which control buttons are shown / hidden

Change trackpad settings

To adjust how hard you have to press your trackpad to click, follow these steps.

  1. Choose the Apple menu> System Preferences.
  2. Click on "Trackpad".
  3. Click the Point and Click tab.
  4. Search for "Click Strength", and adjust the slider to your liking. Note that the sound of the click changes according to the click strength setting.

To disable the forceful click, deselect the "Force click and haptic feedback" check box. This will disable the features described in the trackpad system settings.

Some examples of what you can do with a forceful click only work when the "Force Click with One Finger" feature is enabled. You can activate or deactivate this function in the "Point and Click" tab under "Lookup & Data Recognition".

On some Mac notebooks, you can turn off the clicks on your trackpad. To do this, select "Silent Click".

The Force Touch trackpad requires power to click

The Force Touch trackpad doesn't click when it's turned off because it uses power for haptic feedback (like clicks). This applies to both the Magic Trackpad 2 and Force Touch trackpads, which are integrated in Mac notebooks.

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