Sunday 4 January 2009

Mac Tip: Configure Additional Mouse Buttons to do a task

Do you have a mouse that has more than 2 buttons (excluding the scroll wheel)? This doesn't have to be an apple mouse - it can be any mouse that has several additional buttons. If so, then you can probably configure them to perform special tasks, and boost your productivity. For example, you can set one button to be the 'Expose' button and another button to be the 'Dashboard' button.

Here's how you can do that:
First, click on the Apple button on the top left hand corner of the screen. Then click: System Preferences. Then, in the System Preferences window, click 'Expose & Spaces' and make sure you are on the Expose Tab. Then under expose, configure the options for the mouse buttons that you have on your mouse. For example, in my case I have mouse button 4 set to expose, and mouse button 5 set to show the desktop.

That's it! Just press the additional mouse buttons on your mouse to check if everything is a-okay, and you're good to go!

For more productivity, you might also want to check out my active screen corners post, which allows you to configure a screen corner to do the same thing as your additional mouse buttons (i.e. perform expose and so on).

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1 comment:

  1. Great! This has been driving me nuts forever! you're a lifesaver! Thanks!!!!