74282 Views 7 Replies Latest reply: Jun 5, 2009 12:02 AM by ibopyoubopwebop
By default, it should be off when you plug your mouse in. Here are instructions on turning it on. Check this preference file and see if it is set at "0." The file may be corrupt.
1. First, you need to modify a "hidden" preference file. To show hidden files, use a free utility like OnyX.
2. Once you can see hidden files, navigate to your User preference folder and look for .GlobalPreferences.plist. Note the file has a "." in front of it to signify it's hidden.
HD > User > Library > Preferences > .GlobalPreferences.plist
3. Open that preference file with a text editor and find "com.apple.mouse.ignoreTrackpadIfMousePresent" and change the valuse from 1 to 0.
4. Log out and log back in. You should be all set to use the trackpad again.
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I am replacing an older 17" Macbook Pro with a new 15" MacBook Pro (late 2008 version) due to some hardware issues on the 17". One issue was the death of the trackpad button. To get around this I disabled the trackpad through the system preferences and only used a mouse.
When I migrated all the settings went with me and I can not reenable the trackpad when the mouse is present since the option is no longer in the system preferences. So I did a search and got here.
One issue that I am having is that the .GlobalPreferences.plist file is not editable by any appliation I have. It appears to be binary. I did read some ways to convert, edit and convert back, but then I ran across this option:
Use the defaults write -g com.apple.mouse.ignoreTrackpadIfMousePresent 0 command to set the value without editing the file. I have just tried it and need to log out and back in to see if this worked. But wanted to share it as a possible option.
I've tried the above suggestions making sure to either type or copy the above commands exactly.
Still however its had no effect.
I'm new to macs so therefore haven't used Terminal commands before. Is there anything else I should be doing.
Is there any difference if your using wireless mice? (sorry, don't have a corded one on hand to test)
i was trying to disable my trackpad when my mouse was plugged and someone sent me this link in
which you were mentioned:
i did go into Terminal and copy and pasted you what was written, logged out logged in but nothing happened. but now i'm worried that i may have pasted only part of the command. stupid of me!!!
but wanted to know if you know enough about Terminal to negate commands or reset it to
its default status...