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Beginner here! How do you pan around the screen on a mac? I've tried clicking "emulating 3-button mouse" but it still doesn't work with the two-finger scroll on the laptop trackpad.

I'm also using a wireless mac mouse.

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  • $\begingroup$ ALT + Left Mouse $\endgroup$
    – Dontwalk
    Aug 29, 2017 at 11:49
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    $\begingroup$ get a 3 mutton mouse. you wont regret it. $\endgroup$
    – David
    Aug 29, 2017 at 12:09
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    $\begingroup$ ALT + left doesn't work either :/ Looks like I'll have to pick up a 3 button mouse! $\endgroup$ Aug 29, 2017 at 13:53
  • $\begingroup$ SHIFT + ALT + Left Mouse Button. $\endgroup$
    – Dontwalk
    Aug 31, 2017 at 15:04
  • $\begingroup$ If you have trouble with the previous answers , watch this video. (Only if you had trouble) youtu.be/70RORPiCsh8 $\endgroup$ Mar 23, 2018 at 21:44

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Shift + two finger scroll around. You don't need a three-button mouse, as Blender has excellent multi-touch trackpad* support. (You can two-finger scroll to orbit around, and pinch to zoom, too! It even supports horizontal scrolling of header regions/tab bars.)

*Or a Magic Mouse, which is basically a mouse with a trackpad on top. Never actually tried one with Blender, though.

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    $\begingroup$ Yes, this is correct, however, you definitely want a three button mouse. Everything is just so much faster that way. I went without for almost a year and thoroughly regret it. $\endgroup$
    – JakeD
    Apr 23, 2018 at 21:15
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    $\begingroup$ @duhaime That's odd, I have Select With > Left, and it still works fine. Are you on Mac OS X, or some other OS? If you're not on Mac, your trackpad support may be different. $\endgroup$
    – SilverWolf
    Feb 12, 2019 at 22:05
  • $\begingroup$ Ah you're quite right! It must have been some other config I changed that enabled this (or rather prevented this from being disabled). I'll delete my earlier comment... $\endgroup$
    – duhaime
    Feb 12, 2019 at 22:36
  • $\begingroup$ This is the correct answer $\endgroup$
    – snibbe
    Mar 29, 2023 at 17:20
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Hold ⇧ Shift and slide your finger on the magic mouse in the direction you want to pan. Hold Control and slide your finger to zoom in/out.

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  • $\begingroup$ The Magic Mouse doesn't have a scroll wheel—it's basically a mouse with a trackpad on top. $\endgroup$
    – SilverWolf
    Aug 29, 2017 at 20:35
  • $\begingroup$ well... you get what i mean :D $\endgroup$
    – AntonPg
    Aug 30, 2017 at 11:28
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    $\begingroup$ Well, some people might not—they'd be left staring at the blank white surface going "he said there's a wheel...where is it?" (: Also, when you Ctrl+scroll, it zooms the whole screen in and out. (Not sure if it's turned on by default, though). $\endgroup$
    – SilverWolf
    Aug 30, 2017 at 12:58
  • $\begingroup$ Hehe yeah... The scrolling in and out is a default thing $\endgroup$
    – AntonPg
    Aug 30, 2017 at 19:39
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I struggled with this for a minute. I have Blender 3.5.0 and Emulate 3-button mouse turned on. I also strictly use the Magic Mouse and to accomplish this, I needed to click Shift+ Option(Alt) + Click

Hope this helps someone else!

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