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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 TrackpadOrientationMode 1 


sudo defaults write 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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Can confirm ForceAutoOrientation works in Yosemite 10.10.3. A reboot of the trackpad, not OS X, does the trick. Also confirmed here:… – Ray Shan May 26 at 19:05

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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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I know, it's a two-year bump, but I saw this question after responding to the identical but newer… thought I'd keep this one current too.

sudo defaults write ForceAutoOrientation YES

still works on Mavericks 10.9.5 (requires an admin pw and a reboot). I haven't personally tried defaults write TrackpadOrientationMode 1 but that may still work too.

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