How to Enable Tap To Click on Mac Trackpads with Mac OS X
The tap-to-click ability is enabled by default on most PC laptops, while on the Mac side of things it’s usually disabled by default. For the unfamiliar, tap-to-click means that a single tap or touch on the MacBook trackpad or Magic Trackpad is registered as a click, thereby preventing the need to actually press down the trackpad to click on a screen item.
Many users really like the touch-tap feature for it’s ease and low intensity, but it’s certainly not everyones cup of tea and others users find it annoying. Because it’s turned off by default in Mac OS X, you’ll need to adjust the setting manually, which we’ll show you how to do easily through System Preferences. The feature works on most trackpads built into relatively new MacBook Pro and Air models, including any with multitouch support.
Turn On Tap To Click with Mac OS X Trackpad Preferences
The best way for most users to enable touch tapping on their Mac is through System Preferences:
- Go to the Apple menu and open “System Preferences”
- Choose “Trackpad” and go to the “Point & Click” tab
- Check the box next to ‘Tap to click’
The setting takes effect immediately system wide, there is no need to relaunch any apps or restart the Mac. You can immediately test the setting out by moving the cursor over anything, then simply touch tapping on the trackpad (rather than pressing) to click.
By default this will also enable the touch-to-click setting for the system-wide secondary click, which is done with two fingers rather than one, or by setting a literal right-click on the lower right portion of the trackpad to to be a tap target instead.
(Above animated gif was recorded from the animation played in the OS X System Preferences Trackpad settings of Mavericks)