MacBook Trackpad Suddenly Not Working? Try This Quick Fix

Ben Stegner 21-07-2017

When a critical component of your computer stops working How To Troubleshoot & Repair A Broken Laptop Laptops tend to have a rather short lifetime. They are outdated within weeks of being released, they are notoriously hard to upgrade or repair, and by nature they are subject to gradual decay or fatal... Read More , it’s extremely frustrating. You don’t want to waste time away from getting work done, and having to send it in for professional repairs can take a long time.


If you’re the owner of a MacBook Pro and have an issue with your Trackpad not working or cursor jumping while typing MacBook Cursor Jumps While Typing? 7 Fixes to Try Is your MacBook cursor jumping around while you type? Find out how to fix a jumping mouse cursor on your Mac. Read More , here’s a quick fix that could make your issue vanish.

First, select the Apple Menu and choose System Preferences. Click the Accessibility category, then pick Mouse & Trackpad on the left sidebar. Choose Trackpad Options to finally reach the needed menu.

MacBook Trackpad Suddenly Not Working? Try This Quick Fix MacBook Three Finger Drag

Check the Enable dragging setting. If it isn’t enabled, click it to check that box. In the pop-up menu next to this, choose three finger drag. This is an accessibility setting that lets you use three fingers on your trackpad to move windows around the screen.

One of our team members reported that enabling this setting on his 2012 MacBook Pro fixed the click not working. And if you do have a deeper hardware problem, this option will at least let you click-and-drag without hassle.


If this doesn’t work for you, you’ll need to move onto our other MacBook Trackpad troubleshooting tips MacBook Trackpad Not Working? 4 Troubleshooting Tips to Try Is your MacBook Pro trackpad not working? We've covered four different troubleshooting methods. Let's start with the easiest to get your trackpad working again. Read More . Hopefully it’s a simple fix for you! And for other Mac problems, check out our quick fixes for common quirks 11 Quick Fixes for Common Mac Problems and Quirks Did you know many of the common Mac issues and quirks that users report can be fixed simply by changing a few settings? Read More .

Did this fix your Trackpad problems? Share any other fixes you’ve found down in the comments!

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  1. Niecy
    June 12, 2020 at 7:44 pm

    THANK YOUUUUUU!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Malik Aslam
    October 16, 2019 at 6:17 am

    It worked. The three finger dragging is working now. Thanks