Trackpad

How to change your Mac’s mouse pointer color

Mac's pointer in several colors

If you're reading this article on your Mac, you'll notice that the macOS pointer is black and white by default. The good news is you can change it to any color you like. If you have difficulty seeing your mouse or trackpad pointer or want to personalize its look, here's how to adjust the cursor color of your Mac.

How to disable trackpad inertia on your iPad

With a supported Multi-Touch trackpad like Apple's own Magic Trackpad connected to your iPad or iPhone, you'll notice the onscreen pointer continues moving for a fraction of a second after you lift the finger from the trackpad, before gradually coming to a stop. This is called trackpad inertia, but not everyone is a fan of it. If you belong to that camp, be sure to follow our step-by-step tutorial explaining how to disable iPad trackpad inertia with just a few taps.

How to right-click on iPad

iPad with keyboard and Apple Pencil

The right-click on the iPad is pretty similar in concept and execution to the long-standing right-click on Mac. In this tutorial, we show you how to right-click on iPad with your finger, your mouse mouse, or the trackpad.

How to disable iPad pointer animations

iPadOS 13.4 brings an adaptive iPad cursor that uses subtle animations when hovering over various parts of the system to help you navigate. As an example, toolbar buttons in apps change color and app icons on the Home screen grow bigger. The animated cursor gives you a sense of context, but power users may want to disable these iPad pointer animations in order to enjoy a smoother tracking experience that resembles their computer. Be sure to follow this step-by-step tutorial to learn how you can disable iPad pointer animations with just a few taps.

How to change iPad trackpad or mouse scrolling speed so pages move slower or faster

iPad scrolling speed can be adjusted to your liking when using a trackpad or mouse with your tablet. By adjusting the iPad trackpad scroll speed value to your liking, you can make Safari webpages, Office documents, your Photos library and other scrollable content move faster or slower than the default value. Follow along with us to learn how to adjust iPad scrolling speed for the connected trackpad and/or mouse to your liking with just a few taps.

Word and PowerPoint gain Split View, trackpad support coming to Office for iOS by the fall

Keeping true to its promise, Microsoft yesterday updated its Word and PowerPoint productivity apps on the App Store with the ability to open two documents in a side-by-side view on iPad via Split View multitasking support. The Excel app did not pick up Split View support at post time, however. Microsoft has also acknowledged that it's working on implementing iPadOS trackpad support for the Office suite, but don't expect to be taking advantage of it before the fall.

How to control iPad pointer with the keyboard

To control the iPad pointer with the keyboard, you must enable and configure Mouse Keys, a cool assistive feature in iOS and iPadOS 13.4. While moving the pointer with your connected mouse or trackpad trumps using the keyboard, sometimes you need high movement precision, such as when doing some pixel-perfect editing in apps like Pixelmator or Adobe Photoshop. Aside from moving the pointer left, right, up, down and diagonally, the keys on the connected keyboard simulate mouse actions like clicking, releasing or holding the button. Without further ado, follow along with our step-by-step tutorial for detailed instructions on setting up Mouse Keys on your device, which will allow you to control the iPad pointer with the keyboard.