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13 Force Touch Tricks in OS X You Might Not Know Yet

The new Force Touch trackpads available for some Macs are really quite impressive. By using a haptic feedback mechanism and a tiny little speaker, the pressure-sensitive trackpad mimics a click with multiple layers of depth by pushing feedback into your finger – the trackpad itself does not move or click down like the prior generation trackpad surfaces. It’s one of those features that’s very hard to describe and much better experienced, and as Force Touch becomes the new norm for Apple touch surfaces on future Macs, Magic Trackpad, Apple Watch, and iPhone, the feature will surely further evolve and improve to do some pretty neat things.

Force Touch trackpads are in its early stage, so people are not well-oriented on using it and, some of you might not know that there are certain tricks and shortcuts that can be applied, by using the Force Touch trackpads. Check out a few below:

Note: Obviously you’re going to need to have Force Click enabled for these to work, if you turned it off for whatever reason, reverse that settings change before attempting these out.

13 Force Touch Tricks in OS X
  • Rename a file in OS X Finder if you Force Touch the file name
  • Preview the file in Quick Look if you Force Touch the file icon
  • Open Mission Control for an app and its windows if you Force Touch that apps Dock icon
  • Rename a Finder label by Force Touching the label name in the sidebar
  • Preview Calendar dates by Force Touching a calendar day or event
  • Create a new event by Force Touching a date
  • Drop a pin in Maps by Force Touching a location
  • Zoom into Maps with a force touch
  • Lookup the definition of any word by Force Touching the word
  • Scrub and fast forward or rewind video by Force Touching the timeline on a playing video
  • Summon app-specific Mission Control by Force Touching a Dock icon
  • Force Touch a link to preview the destination in Safari
  • Draw with the trackpad and pressure sensitivity in certain applications (like Preview, more are sure to support this feature as time goes on)


Source: osxdaily.com