Questions about using, installing, configuring, repairing, or otherwise troubleshooting mice.

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Inverting direction of mouse scroll wheel

Is there a way to make a mouse scroll wheel invert its direction? I'd like to scroll upwards and have that action scroll downwards and vice-versa. There is no setting on the Mouse control panel that ...
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I accidentally plugged my USB mouse into my eSata port… it works?

I'm on a Thinkpad T510 and I accidentally plugged my Razor USB mouse into the eSata port not realizing my error because it has been working fine this whole time. Does this seem a little odd?
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Using Windows 7, how can you use multiple mice (to get multiple cursors)?

Is it somehow possible to use two mice in Windows 7? I think this could be useful; like using two fingers on a multi touch display...
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Should I plug my mouse into a USB 3.0 port?

I'm looking for an authoritative answer, backed by data. A friend asked me the other day whether he would benefit from plugging his mouse into a USB 3.0 port instead of an available 2.0 port. I ...
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What is the correct term for the mouse pointer/nipple/joystick thingy in the middle of a laptop's keyboard?

I want to call it a "mouse nipple" or maybe a "joystick", although I know these are not correct. It's different from the touchpad, which is below the keyboard and has dedicated click buttons. ...
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Mac OS X Terminal: mouse support?

Is there a native option (ie. without installing extra soft/package/plugins) to enable mouse support in the Terminal app? Actually, I'm using a lot vim with the option set mouse=a (activating mouse ...
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How to enable the “middle” button of Apple's new Magic Mouse?

The Magic Mouse seems to be a vast improvement over the old Mighty Mouse after using it for a few hours. However, I just discovered that there seems to be no way to execute a "middle" click. I use ...
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Why is my USB mouse disconnecting and reconnecting randomly and often?

My mouse will reconnect/disconnect (will even hear the sounds from Windows), and the light on the bottom of the mouse will turn off/turn on as it starts working again. It really sucks to be playing a ...
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What does “Legacy USB Mouse” support in a BIOS mean?

What does a "Legacy USB Mouse" option in a BIOS mean? Yes legacy usually means older revision, or obsolete. So legacy usb mouse means support for "old style usb mouses". That's not really ...
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Two mice, one left handed and another right handed. At the same time

I would like to have two mice connected to my computer, and have one mouse left-handed, another right-handed. And not needing to change any settings for using any of them. I've googled for this and ...
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Considerations for keyboard with integrated mouse for HTPC dedicated to the TV?

I have just dedicated a computer to my living room TV, to watch Hulu, movies, etc. You can think of it as a Media Center TV but I hardly use Media Center itself. What features would distinguish a ...
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On Windows, is there any way to make the scrollwheel's focus follow the mouse?

On Mac OS X I can mouse over something (without clicking on it or giving it complete focus) and use the scroll wheel to scroll it. On Windows (7 at least) which I'm forced to use in my new job, it ...
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Disabling mouse acceleration in Mac OS X

I've been looking for a solution to the unusable mouse problem in Mac OS X for ages. I've tried a gazillion programs and fiddled with every setting there is or there can be added. So far, I haven't ...
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Make Mac OS X mouse acceleration more Windows-like

The mouse acceleration on Mac OS X is driving me nuts. It may work for touchpads but nothing beats the Windows' acceleration curves. Is there a way to modify the behaviour on OS X? I tried getting a ...
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Modify or disable Windows 8 swipe gestures on touchpad / laptop

I have an ASUS G75VW laptop with a Synaptic touchpad (/trackpad). When I move my finger from one edge towards the middle (the swipe), Windows 8 will bring up different stuff. This is a problem ...
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How to make mouse wheel to scroll control under mouse cursor?

Currently, mouse wheel scrolls the control that has keyboard focus. That's not good when window has several scrollable controls, because I have to click control first and then scroll. And the same ...
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How to “middle-click” on new macbooks

I have recently switched to Mac, and the only thing I miss from my old notebook is the ability to middle-mousebutton-click by clicking both mousebuttons simultaneously. This is a crucial feature ...
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Dedicated Mouse and Keyboard on VirtualBox VM

Currently I am trying to run VirtualBox on my second monitor, with a dedicated mouse and keyboard. However, doing so has not proven easy. There has been times where the mouse works, but not the ...
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Alt+click-drag window resizing on a Mac? (Similar to X-Windows)

Is there a way I can get this behavior on Mac OS? alt + right-click-drag will resize the window, relative to where you've clicked within the window and the window's center alt + left-click-drag will ...
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Replacement mouse “feet”?

The plastic skid pad "feet" on the bottom of my Logitech G9 mouse (which I love!) are getting rather worn down -- to the point that the outer shell of the mouse scrapes on the mousepad a bit. I've ...
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Broken mouse cursor on main monitor, Windows 7 64 Bit, ATI Radeon HD 7870

UPDATE: Please check out the new answer I've posted to this problem. It might be that a solution to this frustrating problem exists now. Scroll down to see it. Quite a while ago my graphic card died ...
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Cursor lag when mouse cursor changes?

Cursor lag issue Introduction I'm experiencing a newly arrived problem lately that frustrates me a lot. The computer I bought is a Clevo 150ERM. Two of my friends bought the same machine, and are ...
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How can I reverse mouse movement (X & Y axis) system-wide? (Win 7 x64)

Short Version I'm looking for a way to reverse the X and Y mouse axis movements. The computer is running Windows 7, x64 and Logitech SetPoint 6.32. I would like a system-level, permanent fix; such ...
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Dedicated mouse and keyboard for a virtual machine, is it possible?

Let's say I have a PC with two monitors atached. I'm running e.g. Windows Vista natively, and start up a virtual Ubuntu PC. I change to fullscreen mode so that on one Monitor, I see my Windows ...
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Are USB unplug events logged in Windows 7? (When was my mouse stolen?)

I know this sounds kind of ridiculous, but someone stole my mouse from my cubicle.. I came to work in the morning and was about to give my mouse a little shove to wake up the monitor, but it wasn't ...
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Can the light at the bottom of an optical mouse damage your eyes?

Because I am using one as a christmas tree decoration and people look straight into it every day.
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How do you disable mouse scroll wheel acceleration in Mac OS?

Under Windows and Linux, the mouse scroll wheel seems to be linear. Under Mac OS the scroll wheel some sort of acceleration which means it either goes too slow or too fast.
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Setting mouse sensitivity per device in Windows 7?

Is there any way (built-in or 3rd party application) to set per-device mouse sensitivity settings in Windows 7? Two mice behave differently and constantly need to switch sensitivities when switching ...
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Back / Forward mouse buttons do not work in VMWare Workstation 6.5 Guest OS

I am using a Logitech G9 mouse and running VMWare Workstation 6.5.3 on Vista x64. The guest OS is Win XP, and has the most current version of VMWare Tools installed. Left / right buttons and mouse ...
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Mouse clicks suddenly stopped working in Ubuntu

This is a weird one. For some reason, last night my mouse partially stopped working. Movement is fine, but the mouse buttons don't work. Mainly it's the left button, but occasionally the right click ...
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Multiple monitors - add border collision? (Windows)

I'm using Windows 7 and two monitors with different resolution. As you can see, the right monitor is bigger then the left one, so when I try to go to the right upper corner of the left monitor to ...
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Enable click-and-drag scrolling in Windows 8 / Metro?

In Windows 8 (Metro interface) I find myself trying to click and drag the background to scroll again and again, which does not work (I'm using a mouse, not touch). Also, scrolling with the scroll ...
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Why are optical mouse LEDs red? [closed]

Why do most optical mice use red LEDs? Is it necessary that a mouse's LED is red? What other colors can/can't be used? Does using another color changes the main design of the mouse? Does it makes ...
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Recommended mouse alternatives for people with RSI from using computer too much? [closed]

I have an odd RSI problem that means using a mouse on the desk doesn't work well for me. I researched hand-held mouse alternatives years ago and ended up buying one of these: The (old model) ...
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Cursor moves when mouse is plugged in

I have a strange problem, where my mouse cursor vibrates at my home, but nowhere else. I've changed my mouse and reinstalled it's drivers. However, when I unplug my mouse, the vibration stops and the ...
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“Virtual mouse” using the keyboard

(For Windows.) I'm looking for a kind of program that I hope exists. If it doesn't I might try to create it. I passionately hate using the mouse. I've learned how to use the keyboard for 99% of the ...
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How to increase mouse sensitivity beyond normal limit?

It's one faster. My office PC (DELL) runs WinXP. It has an el-cheapo DELL laser mouse. I find that maximum mouse sensitivity in Control Panel is not fast enough for me. Is there a way to take my ...
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Is there a Win7 shortcut to position mouse in center of primary screen?

I have a three monitor set up on Windows 7 and I sometimes lose track of where my cursor is. Is there any Windows shortcut to reset the mouse position? I'm guessing there is not, but might there be a ...
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Focus Follows Mouse or Sloppy Focus on Mac OS X

"Focus follows mouse" or "sloppy focus" is a feature common to X11 window managers on Linux/Unix, including GNOME, KDE, CDE, XFCE and window managers like Enlightenment, Fluxbox and Window Maker. It ...
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Is there a way to force the mouse to act like a touchscreen?

I'm getting very annoyed at the way Windows behaves differently depending on whether or not it thinks you have a touch screen. Using the mouse is very clunky and I would like to get the mouse to ...
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How to make mouse in Windows 7 act the same as Windows XP

In Windows XP using TweakUI I could enable an option so that when my mouse goes over an inactive window, it makes that window the active window. There is also another separate option so that if the ...
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How can I adjust the mouse scroll wheel sensitivity?

I just replaced my old Logitech mouse with a Microsoft Wireless Laser mouse, and the scrolling is too fast for my liking. How can I adjust the scroll sensitivity? Update: I just updated to 10.04, ...
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Configure debounce time in Windows for mouse

My mouse is broken and I am too lazy to buy a new one. The problem is with the left click button. A simple physical click will result in several clicks in Windows. There is already a debouncing ...
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Mouse Cursor Occasionally Looks Wonky

My computer has three video cards, six monitors, and (believe it or not) a mouse. Generally, all six outputs display the correct mouse cursor. Occasionally, the outputs on a random video card will ...
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Mac OS X: Increase mouse speed on login screen

I have an iMac 27" and it takes so much time to move the mouse pointer from the upper left corner to the center of the screen to click my account entry on the login screen. Isn't there a way to ...
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How to stop Microsoft Office apps ignoring click on unfocused window

Microsoft Office applications on Windows behave like Mac OS - if a window does not have input focus, then clicking one of its buttons only focuses the window and you have to click again to activate ...
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Multi-monitors and the corners of the screen

I currently have two monitors (let's call them "left" and "middle" - you'll see why in a sec), and would love three (let's call it "right"). However, I often will throw the mouse-cursor up to the ...
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Chrome mouse lag

I recently upgraded to Windows 7 Ultimate (without reinstalling, an actual upgrade) and now I'm experiencing some really annoying mouse lag in Chrome. It seems to happen most often when there is a ...
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Are all bluetooth adapters the same?

I have a wireless bluetooth mouse which I'm not using. It used to have a bluetooth adapter with it, which I lost a long time ago ... (don't ask). Since my regular mouse just died (bad contact in cable ...
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Enable mouse for scrolling only in Vim in iTerm (MacOSX)

I'd like to use the mouse in Vim only for scrolling (not to enable other Vim modes or otherwise interact with Vim). Using :set mouse=a seems to be an all or nothing operation, can this be altered? ...