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Magic Trackpad

A multitouch gesture-based touchpad from Apple that debuted on Mac laptops in 2009 and became a stand-alone pointing device for desktop computers in 2010. The Magic Trackpad has all the features of Apple's Magic Mouse in a touchpad configuration.

For Windows But Limited
With some tech savvy, the Trackpad driver can be lifted out of the Mac's Boot Camp system; however, not all the gestures work on Windows PCs. In 2011, Logitech introduced a gesture-based wireless touchpad for Windows and followed up with enhanced models. See Magic Mouse.

Multitouch Magic
Apple's Bluetooth touchpad for the Mac is very popular because of its multitouch capability. This three-finger example was excerpted from the Mac control panel.


(1) See HP TouchPad.

(2) The built-in pointing device on all laptop and netbook computers. Also called a "trackpad," the touchpad provides a small, flat surface to slide one's finger over. Residing below most touchpads, two physical buttons emulate the left and right mouse buttons; however, the touchpad surface can often be tapped as a substitute for pressing the left button. In addition, either the entire touchpad area or only one side of the surface may be used to emulate the mouse's scroll wheel.

Multitouch Touchpads
Popularized by Apple's Magic Trackpad, newer multitouch devices accept gestures from two or more fingers to activate common functions such as scrolling, next page, previous page and zoom. See mouse, trackball, pointing stick and Magic Trackpad.

The touchpad became standard on laptops, but external units for desktop computers are also available (see Magic Trackpad).


The pointing stick on some models of Lenovo laptops. Used in conjunction with a touchpad, IBM introduced and popularized this pointing device (see ThinkPad). See Lenovo.

The TrackPoint
IBM popularized the pointing stick, subsequently used on certain Lenovo models (see TrackPoint).

The TrackPoint
IBM popularized the pointing stick, subsequently used on certain Lenovo models (see TrackPoint).
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