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Is there a way to reduce the sensitivity of the touchpad?

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paul ifromchicago Calculating status...
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Jul 15, 2011 7:54 AM

Is there a way to reduce the sensitivity of the touchpad on the MacBook Pro?

  • LexSchellings Level 5 Level 5 (5,475 points)

    I am not sure what you mean by "sensitivity". But if you mean speed etc, there are settings in SystemPreferences/Trackpad/.

  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,535 points)

    Most  everything you need to find:


    MacBook Pro

    MacBook Pro Apple Support

  • LexSchellings Level 5 Level 5 (5,475 points)

    ahh, i suppose you have extensions in Safari, like hover, etc, remove them. And yes the trackpad is sensitive, don't leave your finger on the pad after moving the mousepointer.

  • TonVH Calculating status...

    I have the same problem as Paul but have no extensions installed. Also the problem is not only in Safari but always.

  • JayB1008 Calculating status...

    I am having the same issue. Since loading Lion the touchpad has become hypersensitive; just moving the cursor near something is the same as clocking on it.  I don't have any Safari extensions. I took the MacBook to the Genius Bar and they had me reload Lion from scratch rather than doing the upgrade. That didn't help. So they decided it must be hardware and repalced the touchpad. Also didn't help.


    Any suggestions?




  • JayB1008 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    The final outcome was that it wasn't the touchpad afterall. When loading Lion a preferences file got corrupted. We had to delete the preferences file and have the OS recreate it. Then everything was fine. The only thing to watch is that all preferences are reset to defaults and this was a challenge as I didn't catch all of them to reset. For example, time machine is set to off even if a back up drive is connected.

  • canalman Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have Mountain Lion installed on my nearly new MacBook Pro and I don't use Safari so no extensions. This super sensitive TrackPad drives me crazy! When I try to use Pages or Numbers, the cursor flips all over the place and I end up redoing text over and over. I am sick of it and find myself going back to my desktop anytime I want to create data. The MacBook Pro ends up being a very expensive way to just read email! The Apple Store said "Yes, that's a problem but we can't fix it - it's just a very sensitive issue."

    I sure hope Apple finds a way to correct this sensitivity problem - and fast!

  • PETStech Calculating status...

    I too am eperiencing this 'sensitivity' issue which has become very disfunctinal. It seems to have come on recently. When doing two-finger scrolling, very often large chunks of text are suddenly selected. I finally changed the double-click function to lower-left from two-finger because 90% of the time the secondary menus would popup when I was trying to scroll. It happens everywhere, in Chrome and Safari browsers and in folders/dindows.


    I don't know if something has deteriorated, physically, or its a result of a software upgrade. I am currently running the lastest, OX X 10.8.2 on a early 2012 MacBook Air.

  • PETStech Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    More info on this touchpad issue:


    It appears the cursor keeps switching to the text mode on its own while moving the cursor in pointer mode about the screen. It now is extremely difficult to click anything, as it nearly always switches to text/capture mode. E.g., if I move the pointer/cursor rapidly, it with change to text mode and begin highlighting everything it passes over, making it nearly impossible to use. Also, I have an extremly difficult time relating the cursor when editing text.


    The problem has gotten so bad that I had to rever to the mouse, which doesn't seem to have the problem. Ergo, it's a touchpad, software or hardware issue.

  • canalman Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    It looks like Apple isn't going to help resolve this issue since there hasn't been a reply from them. I'm fed up with the laptop because of this problem. I was also sick of Windows problems but at least my Dell (at half the cost) works as it should.


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