Trackpad Gestures on MacBook comes in quite handy while working on the Apple machines. I have got my hands on a MacBook recently, and the gestures work good to quite some extent, but can be a little better. Here is the default list of trackpad gestures available on the MacBook Air or MacBook Pro.
Tap to Click
By default the trackpad requires a push/click on the trackpad to do a mouse click. But this can also be override in System Settings > Trackpad.
Enable ‘Tap to click’, and you can now do the mouse click with just a tap on the trackpad.
Not sure why Apple doesn’t do this by default, as it’s a standard now.
Right Click (Secondary Click)
The right click is used to open up the context menu, that gives more action options for the item in focus.
This is done by clicking on the trackpad with 2 fingers. But this can be enhanced with the same ‘Tap to click’ option, and then a 2 finger tap can also activate the right click.
Slide 2 fingers up/down to scroll through a page.
Swipe Between Pages
Slide 2 fingers left/right to go to previous/next pages. Works great on web pages.
Zoom In & Zoom Out
Pinch Out/In anywhere to zoom in/out of pages. Works great on web pages, images, pdfs.
Double tap with 2 fingers to zoom in/out. Works great on PDF and webpages.
Move 2 fingers around each other to rotate. Works great on photos.
Open Notification Center
Use 2 fingers to swipe from the right edge of the trackpad to show the notification center.
Drag 4 fingers outward to show the desktop.
Drag 4 fingers inward to show the launchpad.
Drag 4 fingers towards the top to show the mission control with a snapshot of all the applications.
Swipe between full screen Apps
If you have any full screen app open, then swiping left/right with all 4 fingers will slide between the full screens and the other app on desktop.
Drag 4 fingers towards the bottom to see all the windows of the active app.
Look up and data detectors
Use 3 fingers to tap to look up a word or to take actions with addresses, phone numbers, dates and other data.
Three Finger Drag
Use 3 fingers to drag items on to the screen, and then click/tap to release.