Customize Trackpad Gestures Using BetterTouchTool

Customize Trackpad Gestures Using BetterTouchTool

If you are using a Mac, you might know the BetterTouchTool, which allows you to bind any gesture that you can think of. With the tool, you can also create gesture shortcuts for your Mac trackpad. BetterTouchTool comes with a simple interface so you can start customizing gesture shortcuts with ease.

The tool is not only for trackpads, but also supports shortcuts for keyboard, Apple TV remote, and even the Touchbar of MacBook Pro. Although the app is not free and costs $6.50, it is not a bad choice for a powerful app. However, there is also a 45-day trial, so you can test it out before deciding whether you want to purchase or not.

Add Gestures

Once you download and install the BetterTouchTool application on your Mac, you can now start adding gestures. All you need is to go to the settings and under the “Trackpads” tab, click on “Add New Gesture”. You can choose if you want to add gestures globally or only in a specific app from the sidebar on the left.

A gesture will come with two parts: a trigger and an action. The trigger can be linked to any gesture. The app supports most of the gestures you could want. Swipe up with three fingers; force-click using two fingers, click on the corner of the trackpad and drag in, and even configure custom triggers.

After that, choose the trigger you need from the menu. For example, you can choose “3 Finger Click.”

The app has now everything covered. Something like binding the gesture to a keyboard shortcut can be simply done. You can also browse a list of actions that includes controlling other apps, performing system actions, executing shell scripts and more.

For instance, you can set a gesture to disconnect and reconnect Wi-Fi. It’s just a gesture that is set to run in a form of a terminal command:

networksetup -setairportpower en0 off && networksetup -setairportpower en0 on

In this post, we set the three-finger click trigger for opening Finder. Once you finished setting the action, then give it a try. Simply click down with three fingers, and the Finder should automatically open.

If you want to open Finder in a new window, thankfully BetterTouchTool can cover that. Click on the gesture you just created, select “Attach Additional Action.” From there, you can set that additional action as the keyboard shortcut Command + N keys. For now, every time your three-finger click, your Mac will open Finder in a new window.

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Explore Other Settings

There are still a lot of customization settings in BetterTouchTool, too. One of these is to configure triggering gestures, which will be very useful if you are facing a problem with the wrong gestures.

BetterTouchTool also gives you a Windows-style window with snapping as an option. You can drag a window to the corners of the screen for resizing and snapping the windows into place.

There are also a number of the advanced settings for you to discover, which come with a full customization of the window snapping, an inbuilt web server for doing other actions remotely, and a full control panel that offers a control over everything that Haptic feedback does.

In conclusion, with all the features inside the BetterTouchTool, you will find something useful for your daily routine to speed up your actions with a gesture.

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