By Dan Ackerman
If you, or a family member, received a new MacBook for the holidays, there's one tweak Apple laptops all need right out of the box. Especially if you're coming from the Windows side of the fence, it'll be disconcerting to find that tap-to-click and click-and-drag, two basic touchpad functions, aren't enabled in MacOS by default.
Having tested and reviewed both MacBooks and Windows laptops for many years, it still drives me nuts to see this. Here's how to fix it in the first 10 minutes of MacBook ownership.
Open System Settings: Click the Apple icon at the top left of the screen and select 'System Preferences.'
Stay in the System Settings menu.
Tap-to-Click, for instance, reduces the physical effort needed to click and can be a real game-changer for those who spend long hours working on their laptops. Click-to-Drag, meanwhile, makes it easier to move items around without having to maintain pressure on the trackpad – a subtle but significant improvement.
Remember, while these settings are helpful, they might not be for everyone. The beauty of the MacBook lies in its ability to cater to diverse user preferences, so feel free to experiment with these settings until you find what works best for you. The video embedded below takes you through the process step by step.
Micro Center News Editor-in-Chief Dan Ackerman is a veteran of tech news publications including CNET and Gizmodo and has been testing and reviewing laptops for almost 20 years. He's also the author of The Tetris Effect, a Cold War history of the world's most influential video game.
These types of tips are super helpful to people wanting to make the switch but not wanting to be confused!
Great tips! I also like mentioning to folks that you can reverse the scroll direction on mice, super handy when switching over between mice.
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