After a long weekend of digital debauchery, I have a belated confession to make. Although we have iMacs and a Mac mini at home, most of my daily Mac work is done on a new MacBook. You know; the thinner, lighter, but not any faster MacBook.
Instead of using the Mac’s trackpad to navigate through menus on the MacBook’s screen, I use a Magic Mouse. I blame it on the Mincey Family ‘Big Hands’ Curse. Big hands. Big fingers. Heavy sweating. Together they cause trouble with the trackpad so I use a mouse wherever possible. Here’s a cleverly designed Mac app which does away with trackpad and mouse clicking.
There’s not much wrong with Apple’s Mac notebook trackpads and I love the new Force Touch models, but with my big hands I find a mouse easier and more precise than a trackpad. One Mac utility app which makes using either trackpad or mouse much easier is DwellClick. It’s a way to click menu selections without actually having to click anything.
What DwellClick does is stupefyingly simple. As you point the Mac’s onscreen pointer (I hesitate to call it a ‘mouse pointer‘ because more than half of all Macs in use today are notebooks with trackpads instead of a mouse) to a button, simply pause.
DwellClick recognizes that you want to click the button but does it for you. No clicking. No click navigation. Point the onscreen pointer to a button, pause, and it clicks automatically.
Add some simple animation and audio to confirm the click. Moving app windows is equally simple. Move the pointer to the edge of the window, pause, and it automatically grabs the windows and resizable areas.
Considering how simple and elegant DwellClick is to use, there are plenty of options. DwellClick can move folders once it clicks. Click with the keyboard, too. There’s also a useful pop-up window which gives you more choices. And, for handsfree Mac users, there’s a floating control panel for easier clicking without moving the onscreen pointer.
DwellClick is available from the Mac App Store but the developer also provides a free try-before-you-buy trial. Try it. It takes some getting used to, but you’ll like it, and it will speed up how you work on your Mac.