MacOS: Getting the trackpad to behave like Synaptics
This is a small note for myself, in case I have to reconfigure a MacBook to get it to behave how I like. I should point out that I utterly hate trackpads, but if I’m stuck using one I’m used to certain behaviour and I wanted the MBP’s pad to emulate that as best I could.
Multi-finger Scroll direction
My Synaptics pad on my Windows laptop supported multi-finger scroll, which is super useful. However by default, the MBP’s trackpad scrolls the other direction - this is changeable using the “Scroll Direction” feature under System Preferences; Trackpad; Scrolling and Zoom. Unfortunately, as at High Sierra, this is linked to the scroll wheel behaviour on the mouse, so it reverses it as well! How idiotic. Nothing to it, I had to reverse the direction of the synaptics pad and hope I get used to it fairly soon.
Tap to drag
This one took a while to find, as it’s not in the trackpad settings but in the Accessibility; Mouse and Trackpad; Trackpad Options. Check “enable dragging”, “without drag lock” to get the same behaviour as the Synaptics on my Windows PC.
Simply set it to “click in the bottom right corner”.