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I'm running a MBP with OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard and recently got an external (Magic) Trackpad. I don't like the angle of the trackpad and want to flip it around so that the battery bar is on the side facing me.

I found this article mentioning it might be possible to invert the Magic Trackpad orientation with these commands:

defaults write com.apple.trackpad.orientation TrackpadOrientationMode 1 


sudo defaults write com.apple.MultitouchSupport ForceAutoOrientation YES

I've tried using them and rebooting, but it does not seem to have any effect.

Is it possible to invert the trackpad orientation for Mac OS X?

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These should work on OS X 10.6, the key here is resetting the orientation:

With this hidden pref, the trackpad auto-detects hand orientation from 5 resting fingers and rotates the coordinate system to match.

So after setting these and rebooting, rest five fingers on the bottom of the track pad so that it will auto-orientate.

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