Finding the Finer Finger Things to do with Your Fingers on an iMac:

Finding the Finer Finger Things to do with Your Fingers on an iMac:

Finding the finer things in life can sometimes seem very difficult.  Finding the finer things in Mac is only a moving finger or two away.

Would you like an easier way to zoom in or out on a web page?  Give a snapshot in iPhoto a twirl or two?  Look up the meaning of an unknown word?  Or would you just like a quick peek at your desktop?

You can do all of those with a tap, a simple swipe or a “pinch.”

10 Multi-finger gestures to find your way through Mac:

1. The Up or Down Swipe with two fingertips together:

To scroll on a page or in a selected window, put together two fingertips, touch the track-pad, and then swipe upwards or downwards.

2. The Downwards Swipe with three fingertips together:

This will show all open windows in the application you are using.  It will even show the open windows on other Mission Control desktops.

3. The Upwards Swipe with three fingertips together:

Instead of a two-fingertip upwards swipe, use three, this will activate the Mac’s “Mission Control” mode which will give you a bird’s-eye view that will show all the open windows you have and the desktop spaces.

4. The Right or Left Swipe with three fingertips together:

This swipe will switch you onto the next Mission Control desktop.  Keep on swiping to circle through all the desktops you have.

5. Use two fingertips to click the track-pad:

This action is equivalent to the right-click on a PC mouse.

6. Pinching the track-pad:

Put both your index finger and thumb on the track-pad, then either slowly spread them apart or pinch them together.  Spreading will mean zooming in on the active window, where pinching will be zooming out.

7. Pinching with three fingertips and your thumb:

This will activate the Mac’s “Launchpad” feature.  It displays all the applications in a tidy grid.

8. Un-pinching – Spread your thumb and the three fingertips:

All the clutter of windows will be cleared away and only your bare desktop will be revealed.

9. Tap with three fingers on a selected word:

Select the word and then tap the track-pad with three fingers.  The definition of the word will appear in a pop-up window nearby.

10. A two-finger Double-tap:

Double tap with two fingers on the track-pad, you will zoom in on the current position of the mouse on a web page.  Double-tap the track-pad again with the two fingers to zoom out.

Select a whole paragraph of your written text with a single two-finger tap.  Need a signature on a PDF document?  No need to print, sign and scan, you can use your fingertip.  Trace your signature on the Mac’s track-pad with your fingertip, it will do just fine.  No need for the pen and paper.

There are still many more tips and tricks and finger tapping features to explore.