Learn About Using The Force Touch Trackpad

The Force Touch trackpad provides Force click by pressing on the trackpad and then applying more pressure. This lets you to take advantage of added functionality in many apps and system features on your Mac.

Watching a video of a Force click, first choose Apple menu  > System Preferences. Then choose Trackpad, click the Point & Click tab, and hover the pointer over the Look up & data detectors checkbox.

What you can do with a Force click

some examples of what you can do with a Force click are listed as below:

  • Look up: Force click text in a webpage or Mail message to check more information about the text from sources like Dictionary, Wikipedia, and more.
  • Addresses: Force click an address to see a Maps preview of that location.
  • Events: Force click dates and events to show them to Calendar.
  • Flight numbers: Force click an airline flight number to get more details about the flight.
  • Link previews: Force click a link in Safari or Mail to check an inline preview of the webpage.
  • Tracking numbers: Force click a tracking number in Safari or Mail to see shipping details in a popover.
  • File icons: Force click a file icon to see a Quick Look preview of the file’s content.
  • File names: Force click a file name in the Finder or on your desktop to edit the file name.
  • Dock: Force click an app in the Dock to reach App Exposé. This lets you all open windows for that app.
  • Mail: When composing a message with an image or PDF attachment, Force click the attachment to activate Markup. This lets you annotate the attachment.
  • Messages: Force click a conversation in the sidebar to see all details and attachments, and Force click a buddy’s token in the chat header to see their contact card in a popover.
  • Reminders: Force click a reminder to see more details.
  • Calendar: Force click an event to see more details. Force click a meeting attendee to see their contact card in a popover.
  • Map locations: Force click a location in a map to drop a pin there.
  • iMovie: If your iMovie Timeline has an animated map or globe, Force click the map or globe to access a Style menu.
  • GarageBand: You can use Force click in the following ways.
    • Force click a region to rename it
    • Force click a message in the Piano Roll Editor or Score Editor to delete the note
    • Force click an empty place of a software instrument track area to make an empty MIDI region
    • Force click an empty area of a Drummer track area to make a Drummer region
    • Force click an empty area of an Audio track area to add an audio file
    • Force click an empty part of the Piano Roll Editor or Score Editor to add a note
    • Force click the automation area of a region to add automation points at region borders
    • Force click a region while dragging to zoom in on the timeline
    • Force click the area below the last track header to open a New Track dialog

Other Force Touch trackpad features

  • QuickTime and iMovie: You can vary the pressure you use on fast-forward and rewind buttons. This will speed up the speed at which you fast forward or rewind.
  • iMovie: When dragging a video clip to its maximum length, you’ll get feedback letting you know you’ve hit the end of the clip. Add a title and you’ll get feedback as the title snaps into position at the beginning or end of a clip. Subtle feedback is also provided with the alignment guides that appear in the Viewer when cropping clips.
  • Map zooming: Press harder on a zoom button to quicken as you zoom in and out of a map.
  • Map rotation: You’ll feel a notch when you rotate the compass to north in Maps.
  • Spotlight: You’ll feel a notch when moving the Spotlight search bar back to its standard horizontal or vertical position.
  • Preview: You’ll feel a notch when you align shapes, text, and other markup elements with each other.
  • Photo arrowing: When you arrow through Photos in an Album or a Moment, you can apply additional pressure to get faster.
  • Rotate photos: About Photos, when you choose Crop and then rotate a photo, you’ll feel a notch when the rotation of the photo is at zero degrees.
  • GarageBand: You’ll feel feedback from your Force Touch trackpad when you do the following.
    • Move the Track Volume slider to the 0 dB position
    • Move the Track Pan knob to the center position
    • Reorder tracks to a new drop position
    • Move window borders to the point when windows appear/disappear
    • Move Track Header borders to the point when header elements appear/disappear
    • Move main application window to the point when Control Buttons appear/disappear

Change trackpad settings

To adjust the pressure you need to click your trackpad, take enough attention to these following steps.

  1. Choose Apple menu > System Preferences.
  2. Click Trackpad.
  3. Click the “Point & Click” tab.
  4. Find “Click pressure” and adjust the slider to your preference. Note that the sound of the click changes with the click pressure setting.

To turn off Force click, deselect the “Force Click and haptic feedback” checkbox. This will disable the functionality described in the Trackpad preferences pane.

Some of the examples of what you can do with a Force click only work if “Force click with one finger” is active. You enable or disable this in the “Point & Click” tab under “Look up & data detectors.”

On some Mac notebooks, you can turn off the sound of your trackpad’s click by selecting Silent clicking.

Force Touch trackpad must have power to click

Your Force Touch trackpad doesn’t click when it’s turned off, because it needs power to provide haptic feedback (like clicks). This applies to Magic Trackpad 2 as well as Force Touch trackpads built into Mac notebook computers.

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