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  • mattrock1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi raymond11.


    I'd been searching to an answer for this for months with no resolve until (EUREKA!) this recent post by Barsney-15E and clarified further by Don.


    Deleting from the preferences folder seems to have finally resolved the issue for me.




  • alanhorne007 Level 1 (0 points)

    I am having the same issues.....on the trackpad loosing settings, did anyone crack this in sorting it, did apple respond? dam annoying.

  • mattrock1 Level 1 (0 points)

    see post directly before yours... resolved.

  • orangeupurple Level 1 (0 points)

    Deleting from the preferences folder


    I tried this and the problem only became worse . ..  and included other strange behaviors with the track pad . . . I finally fixed all these issues by resetting the PRAM . . .

  • areshio Level 1 (0 points)

    Same thing here...

    Maybe apple should do summin about it since so many ppl are having the same wierd random problem!

  • HankCPH Level 1 (0 points)

    Just a quick note to say that I tried deleting the trackpad.plist file from the preferences folder as suggested by an earlier poster but that the problem persists. Resetting PRAM also didn't do the trick as the trackpad settings keep being reset everytime I shut down and reboot. It's about time apple solved this issue.

  • orangeupurple Level 1 (0 points)

    @HankCPH . . .

    Same here . . . nothing works and all those other problems returned too, such as, if I try to click on something a drop down menu appears as if I had control+clicked and it's hard to get rid of it as it follows my mouse around. So many unpleasant things. Another one is when all my icons on the desktop suddenly shrink down to the smallest size. Or suddenly the view, on a page, zooms in as high as possible.  ACKKKKK! 

  • HankCPH Level 1 (0 points)

    Yes, that zooming is annoying and happens when you accidentally 'pinch' the trackpad. If you go to the trackpad preferences you can disable/enable these various settings but the problem is that you have to reselect your preferences with every restart!

  • orangeupurple Level 1 (0 points)

    My solutions is to use a mouse . .  inconvenient but not as inconvenient as dealing with the track pad problems . . .. . . I think Apple has forgotten all about us and there will never be a fix or a solution of any kind . . .


    I still love my apples and as I have bought 30+ iMacs for my computer lab . . . and never have troubles like people do with pcs . ..  I still recommend macs to people . .

  • Serenity17 Level 1 (0 points)

    Deleting from the preferences folder


    I did this too and it's done nothing at all for me. This is a nightmare and I hope they come up with a fix. This is NOT RESOLVED by the way.

  • lostsync Level 1 (0 points)

    deleting the file causes OS X to regenerate it with default settings. I've tried this, but I won't know if it's worked or not for a while...


    go into System Preferences and make sure that you have your settings for the Trackpad how you want them.

    open and issue the following commands:


    cd ~/Library/Preferences

    chmod a-w


    then quit Terminal.


    This removes the ability to change the file and should prevent it from being reset randomly. But it might not.


    If you need to change it back to being writable:


    cd ~/Library/Preferences

    chmod +w

  • rawantaleb Level 1 (0 points)

    Absolutely love you, this worked a charm!

  • Ian Cheong Level 1 (30 points)

    Really strange. My MBP 10.6.8 won't remember the trackpad settings if I close and reopen system preferences. Tried replacing the prefs file with one made by root and with only read permission, but it still made no difference.

  • Ian Cheong Level 1 (30 points)

    This permission fix solved it for me:


    (Probably only need to apply the permissions to the ~/Library/Preferences folder, especially if you have any special custom permissions on any folders.)

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