HOW TO: Add Mouse Button to Apple Macbook Pro for (almost) FREE!

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Intro: HOW TO: Add Mouse Button to Apple Macbook Pro for (almost) FREE!

I never liked the idea of not having a standard mouse click button on my new Unibody Macbook Pro, after doing some looking around online I found a great solution. Using an old DVD case and some double stick tape you can easily put a nice looking button on your trackpad, all in less than 10 minutes! Since people always ask me how my trackpad got the button, i figured i would make this tutorial.

BEWARE, adding anything to your computer MAY void the warranty. proceed at your own risk. I have not brought my computer to apple after adding the button so I dont know if they will care that i added the button, and even if they said anything, the button pops right off. But be careful.

Also, I have tried other materials, but most allow the transfer of gestures from your thumb, through the material, into the trackpad. The plastic from the DVD case really works the best!



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    8 Discussions


    6 years ago on Introduction

    I just made mine, but it sticks up too far and when I close my MBP, it pushes the button. I use Insomnia, and this could be a problem...

    2 replies

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Fixed my problem by cutting it out of an old five-star notebook (the one with the thick plastic covers). Bonus that it is blue and matches my Companion Cube decal on the back.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    you can also tap "click" without actually pressing down on the pad (works well for double clicking, but not drag functions). I can see where having a separate button makes sense. The PowerBooks had it and it was a pretty significant learning curve for me to adjust to not having a button.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    You know you can use the trackpad as you would a regular trackpad with a button? I myself have a unibody macbook pro. You can have your thumb on the bottom portion of the trackpad and scroll or move the mouse around with other fingers on the upper portion.

    1 reply

    Yes i know that. I used the computer for 2 months or so, and noticed that I was getting a lot of error clicks, or my mouse would kinda shoot across the screen. It also felt like I had to push harder to get a response from the pad. With the button, it always click correctly, the mouse never jumps, and I feel it is a lot easier to use. A couple of my friends have tried it and they all agree that it makes using the trackpad much easier. But again, its not for everyone