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Question: Secondary click options missing in Lion

Hey there. I recently installed OSX Lion, only to find out some options for Secondary Click was missing..


In Snow Leopard I had both "Click or tab with two fingers" and "Click in bottom right corner" enabled at the same time.

But after installing Lion, I can see that it is only possible to select one of the options from the drop-down.


I talked to one of my friends, who did an upgrade instead of a clean install (Like I did), and his trackpad preferences were preserved, with both right-click methods working at the same time. But as soon as he changed it from the drop-down list, he got the exact same problem as me.


If possible, could you guide me to a .plist or something where I could possibly change this manually?

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7)

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Jul 26, 2011 3:27 PM in response to applefandan In response to applefandan

Well.. There is a solution. As it works if you just upgrade the OS, and don't do a fresh install.

I just need to locate the preference file, and get someone to upload theirs.

I've been looking through the ~/Library/Preferences/*.plist files, but no luck so far.

Jul 26, 2011 3:27 PM

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Jul 26, 2011 11:20 PM in response to Sir Allan In response to Sir Allan

I think I found the file we need:


com.apple.driver.AppleBluetoothMultitouch.trackpad.plist


When I get home I will find a Time Machine version of this file and check what needs to be done!

Jul 26, 2011 11:20 PM

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Jul 28, 2011 6:46 AM in response to Sir Allan In response to Sir Allan

That is the real actual file you're looking for, I think. It just doesn't work this way (by editing) or perhaps it needs a log out/in after editing it (haven't tried that though).


BUT, I've found a similar thread: https://discussions.apple.com/thread/3189974


So, using the System Preferences GUI, firstly set Trackpad Secondary click for the bottom right corner, then using Terminal run the following command:


defaults -currentHost write -g com.apple.trackpad.enableSecondaryClick -bool YES


Then log out and back in and voila!

(now if you check that file in ~/Library/Preferences, it got updated as we want it to).

Jul 28, 2011 6:46 AM

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