The trackpad on a MacBook Pro

When it comes to cursor speeds, everyone is different. Some people want that arrow pointer to fly across the screen as fast as a nitro-fueled RC racer. Others want it to move slowly so they don't keep losing it on the screen. Whatever your preference is, you can speed up or slow down the tracking, scrolling, and double-clicking on the trackpad on your Mac.

How to speed up or slow down tracking on a Mac trackpad

Tracking controls how fast or slow the the on-screen pointer (arrow) moves around on your Mac's screen. If you set the speed faster, it will fly across the screen in one swipe. If you set it slower, you will be able to watch it glide across the screen slowly as you move it along with multiple swipes.

  1. Click the Apple icon in the upper left corner of your screen.
  2. Select System Preferences... from the dropdown menu.

    Opening System Preferences on Mac

  3. Click on Trackpad.
  4. Click on Point & Click.

    Selecting Point & Click in System Preferences on the Mac

  5. Move the tracking speed slider to the right to speed up the cursor speed, or to the left to slow it down.

    Moving the tracking speed slider on Mac

How to speed up or slow down scrolling on a Mac trackpad

You can use two-finger scrolling on a Mac trackpad, which allows you to scroll up or down on a page without having to drag the cursor or arrow along the scroll bar on the side. When trackpad scrolling is set to fast, you can swipe with two fingers all the way down to the bottom of the page with a single swipe. When scrolling is set to slow, you will be able to view more content as you move up or down with multiple swipes.

  1. Click on the Apple icon in the upper left corner of your screen.
  2. Select System Preferences... from the dropdown menu.

    Opening System Preferences on Mac

  3. Click on Accessibility.
  4. Scroll down and click on Mouse & Trackpad from the list.

    Selecting Mouse & Trackpad in System Preferences on Mac

  5. Click on Trackpad Options.
  6. Move the Scrolling speed slider to the right to speed up scrolling, or to the left to slow it down.

    Moving the scrolling speed slider on Mac

How to speed up or slow down double-clicking on a Mac trackpad

You can double-click on a Mac trackpad by quickly pressing the pad twice. If you are having trouble activating the double-click feature, you may need to adjust the speed. When double-click speed is slower, you can press the trackpad as long a three seconds apart and still activate the feature. When it is faster, you'll have to press the trackpad twice immediately in order to activate it.

  1. Click on the Apple icon in the upper left corner of your screen.
  2. Select System Preferences... from the dropdown menu.

    Opening System Preferences on Mac

  3. Click on Accessibility.
  4. Scroll down and click on Mouse & Trackpad from the list.

    Selecting Mouse & Trackpad in System Preferences on Mac

  5. Move the Double-click speed slider to the right to speed up scrolling, or to the left to slow it down.

    Moving the double-click speed slider on Mac

How to find the cursor on your Mac

That tiny little arrow, on your Mac can get lost pretty easily, especially if you are using a 27-inch screen. Apple added a "Shake to find cursor" feature in OS X El Capitan, which temporarily increases the size of the arrow on the screen.

If you've looked everywhere, but can't seem to find the cursor, try vigorously moving your finger from side-to-side on your trackpad. The arrow will grow in size, hopefully making it easier for you to see.

Temporarily increasing the size of the cursor on Mac

Any questions?

Do you have any questions about speeding up tracking and scrolling on your Mac trackpad? Got any secret tips to share about the subject? Let us know in the comments.