6 Replies Latest reply: May 1, 2012 10:09 AM by sun and soul
changman Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

How can I rotate my trackpad 180 degrees (batteries would be closest to me, not furthest) and set the device for "normally oriented" functionality? Either that or put the touchpad on the same side as the batteries, so the work surface then lies flat.

 

Thanks in advance!

  • 1. Re: rotate my trackpad 180 degrees?
    captfred Level 7 Level 7 (26,235 points)

    The only thing I can suggest is this, Look at this page on Lion Gestures:

     

    Get in touch with your apps.

     

    Multi-Touch gestures in OS X Lion make it feel as though you’re controlling your content more directly than ever before.  So when you scroll down on your trackpad or Magic Mouse, your document scrolls down. When you scroll up, your web page scrolls up. When you swipe left, your photos move left.

     

    http://www.apple.com/macosx/whats-new/gestures.html

     

    This is reversed from what we know today, so...  You can upgrade to Lion, turn the trackpad 180 degrees and it will work as it does today.... 

     

    I don't know of any method to do this in Snow Leopard.

     

    Regards,

    Captfred

  • 2. Re: rotate my trackpad 180 degrees?
    daguerratype Level 2 Level 2 (225 points)

    That's not really a good solution, that will only work for the scrolling gesture, tracking and every other gesture will still be backwards.

  • 3. Re: rotate my trackpad 180 degrees?
    captfred Level 7 Level 7 (26,235 points)

    Yeah, true.  There aren't any good solutions other than build a platform to raise the front to level or above.

  • 4. Re: rotate my trackpad 180 degrees?
    daguerratype Level 2 Level 2 (225 points)

    That's a little low tech, but probably actually the most practical way to do it.

  • 5. Re: rotate my trackpad 180 degrees?
    changman Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Many thanks guys - right now I'm considering two options, neither of which are ideal:

     

    1. Take a router and create a groove in my work surface the size of the battery compartment. Not wild about chewing up my desk, so probably not...
    2. Hope for a TrackPad feature the provides the functionality I'm looking for. Then I just rotate the pad, hang the battery compartment off the edge of my desk, and I'm reasonably good to go.

     

    Fortunately there's no rush - although I certainly like the pad over a mouse.

     

    David

  • 6. Re: rotate my trackpad 180 degrees?
    sun and soul Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I realize it's been a while since you posted your question, but I wonder if you found a more viable solution?  I'm used to having the track pad just below the keyboard, like on the mbp, and use my thumb for quick point navigation. I'd like to put the magic trackpad just below my keyboard.

     

    Found a MacWorld article that suggests a command using terminal...but I'm a bit leery of trying that as Terminal gave me a warning about erasing files.

     

    http://hints.macworld.com/article.php?story=20101029060726179