3-button mice on Mac

Doug Way dway at riskmetrics.com
Thu Jan 25 17:24:42 UTC 2001

"David N. Smith (IBM)" wrote:
> At 11:31 -0500 1/25/01, JArchibald at aol.com wrote:
> >Is there any support for 3-button USB mouse using a Macintosh? I tried a
> >number of images (2.8, 2.9) and VMs. Yellow and Blue buttons produce the same
> >action as Red button.
> >
> >Other applications on Mac seem to respond to the second and third buttons in
> >the same way. Can these events be distinquished?
> >
> >Jerry.
> Jerry:
> I run a Macally two button mouse on a Mac and it comes with software that lets you set what the other button does, by application. It sounds like you need to get such software for whatever mouse you have.

Also, if for some reason your mouse doesn't come with adequate configuration software to set up the buttons, there's an excellent product called USB Overdrive that lets you do this.  (http://www.usboverdrive.com )  I have the shareware version, and it lets you associate different button configurations for different applications, etc.

- Doug Way
  dway at riskmetrics.com

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