7 Replies Latest reply: Jan 13, 2014 1:40 PM by DexterMonk
slaglejrp Level 1 Level 1

How do I adjust the sensitivity of my trackpad?



MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.4)
  • evilninjection Level 2 Level 2

    You can customize the settings of your trackpad by opening System Preferences and clicking on Trackpad.



  • synesthesian Level 2 Level 2

    i'm having a problem with sensitivity also. no matter what i make the setting its just a matter of a slight touch and i mean barely grazing pad. is there sensitivity setting to where you at least have to tap


  • gailjmom Level 1 Level 1

    I went to where you said that sensitivity can be adjusted -

    You can customize the settings of your trackpad by opening System Preferences and clicking on Trackpad. -


    I did NOT see anywhere where I could adjust sensitivity.  Please can you tell me exactly where it is?


    I bought my MBP in June 2012 and I did the adjustment on mine.  Hubby just bought a MBP 2 weeks ago and I have been racking my brains trying to find the place to make the adjustment.




  • sasha.a Level 1 Level 1

    You can try Better Touch Tool which allows adjustments to some more parameters than Apples pref pane.



  • fredsig Level 1 Level 1

    I also need something like a sensitivity adjustment.  My son is a quadriplegic, which in his case means that he can move his arms and wrists but not his fingers... so he can tap with his pinky knuckles on the keyboard, and slide the side of his hand over the trackpad.  This trackpad use worked great on his old MacBook--he edited an award-winning film with FCP on that machine.  Now we're looking at a Retina MBP and find that he can't run its trackpad consistently.  Apparently the combination of the multitouch trackpad and the larger area of contact from his hand means that he can't make a motion that is recognized as a "single touch" no matter how he holds his hand.


    Any way to change the sensitivity parameters of the trackpad firmware itself?  Maybe someone Apple's accessibility group could help me?  Otherwise, it looks like a sad goodbye to Apple for him.

  • Volantiad Level 1 Level 1

    Dear Slaglejrp,


       I just bought a 13" MBA (which I'm using right now: first day!) and I noticed right off that the track pad sensitivity is off from my old 17" MBP.  I went to the oft-referred to System Preferences but found that for no apparent reason there is no sensitivity adjustment.  Irksome.  You can adjust 'speed' till the cows come home, but not sensitivity.  So, when I apply my habitual level of pressure to 'click' on my track pad, for example, it does nothing.  Consistently.  So, now I have to kind of 'click with prejudice' to get it to respond. 


       Sadly, although I love apple products, in the years I've owned them the trend I've observed is that no matter how many loyal customers request a product change ~ like a track pad sensitivity adjustment ~ we are 1,000% ignored and the relief offering changes never come. 


       Maybe Sahsa.a is on to something with the Better Touch Tool.  Might bear investigation, anyway.


       Good luck!

  • DexterMonk Level 1 Level 1

    I have the same machine with the exact problem! I just received my Macbook last week and pushing the trackpad to get a response is making my fingers hurt. I am new to Apple and from reading some answers regarding trackpad problems, this seems to be what I can expect until Apple decides to fix it. My question is, if I bought a bluetooth mouse, would this problem affect it also?