mac trackpad gestures

Personalizing Your Mac Part 5 – OS X Yosemite

In part 5 of Personalizing your Mac we will be covering how to add folders to sidebars, setting your screen corners and looking at your mouse and trackpad setting.

Lets get things kicked off with Adding folders to your sidebar.

If you didn’t already know your main sidebar in finder window has three main sections, these sections are:

1) Devices – These will include your disk drives, hard drives, USB’s , DVD’s and so on

2) Favorites – These will include a range of folders from Documents, Downloads, Dropbox, iCloud, Pictures etc

3) Shared – These are your networked drives

 

How To Get the Most Out Of Your Mac Sidebar

If you find yourself working on an assignment, instead of having to go back and forth between folders in your documents which can be a pain at the best of times, you can decide to add your work folders to you Sidebar to make navigating easier.

1) All you have to do is drag the folder onto the sidebar and drop. Another alternative is to drag and drop the folder on your Desktop for another quick way to access an important folder.

2) To access your folder contents double click the folder icon and the items will pop up.

 

Setting up Mac Hot Corners

Sounds a little bazaar but the corner of your display screen can be very handy for shortcuts and multiple functions. To access Hot Corners open up system Preferences.

How to use Mac Hot Corners

Functions that can be activated in hot corners are:

1) Launchpad

2) Applications Windows

3) Start Screen Savers

4) Disable Screen Saver

5) Desktop

6) Dashboard

7) Put Display to Sleep

8) Notification Centre

 

How to customise Mac Hot Corners

1) Open up System Preferences

2) Select Misson Control

3) At the bottom of the window of options you will see a button named Hot Corners, click this button

4) Active Screen Corner will now show, by default they will be empty.

5) Click on the boxes for each corner and choose an option you might want activated.

5) You can leave some corners empty and say 1 or 2 activated.

6) To disable a setting select the (-) dash and that hot corner will no longer be set.

 

Mac Mouse and Trackpad Settings

As you might already know that your trackpad and wireless mouse are extremely customisable. You can change the speed of your trackpad/mouse, gestures, as well as scrolling directions.

 

1) In system Preferences click on Trackpad or Mouse depending on which you are using.

2) Settings will now pop up that you can change.

3) With Point and Click setting you can choose to select the following, Click with one tap, Secondary click with two fingers, Look up tap with three fingers, Three finger drag will move items with Three Fingers.

mac trackpad gestures

Other options in Trackpad include:

Scroll and Zoom

  • Scroll direction natural – contents track finger movement
  • Zoom in or out – Pinch with two fingers
  • Smart Zoom – Double tap with two fingers
  • Rotate – rotate with two fingers

More Gestures

  • Swipe between pages – Scroll left or right with two fingers
  • Swipe between full screen apps – swipe left or right with four fingers
  • Notification centre – Swipe left from the right edge of trackpad with two fingers
  • Missions control – swipe up with four fingers
  • App expose – swipe down with four fingers
  • Launhpad – pinch with thumb and three fingers
  • Show desktop – spread with thumb and three fingers

These are just some of the configurations you can select to get the most out of your Trackpad.

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Sophie

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Hi I'm Sophie, Chief Author at Macnerdy.com I'm a self proclaimed Mac Nerd and try and make it my job to know the latest tips and tricks for my readers. So whether you are a budding Mac geek, or a full blown enthusiast, I hope my guides can get you through smoothly 🙂
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Hi I'm Sophie, Chief Author at Macnerdy.com I'm a self proclaimed Mac Nerd and try and make it my job to know the latest tips and tricks for my readers. So whether you are a budding Mac geek, or a full blown enthusiast, I hope my guides can get you through smoothly :)