How to Repair a MacBook Pro Trackpad

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The Macbook Pro trackpad, also known as a touchpad, is the square area located below your keyboard. You can control your on-screen movement with the touchpad. Over time your touchpad may become less responsive due to dirty or use. You can open up your Macbook Pro to clean out the touchpad or make slight adjustments to attempt to regain the sensitivity. Opening your Macbook to perform maintenance on your trackpad has the potential of violating your warranty.

Things You'll Need

  • Philips head screwdriver
  • Y-screwdriver
  • Canned air
  • Turn the Macbook Pro completely off and remove the power adapter.

  • Close the Macbook Pro lid. Turn the computer upside down. Remove the battery by lifting the locking lever and opening the panel. Remove the Macbook Pro battery by its tab.

  • Spray canned air on to the trackpad assembly in the middle of the Macbook Pro unit. If any debris is caught in the trackpad, it should be removed once you spray it with canned air.

  • Adjust or fix the sensitivity of the touchpad by adjusting the large screw located on the bottom, middle of the touchpad. Use the Y-screwdriver for adjustments. You will want to move the screw just a little bit to the left if the touchpad is not sensitive enough, or a bit to the right if it is too sensitive.

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