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

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how to set the mouse speed very low on ubuntu

I set the mouse acceleration and sensitivity levels to minimum in System->Preferences->Mouse but with the new mouse I have, even those settings are too fast. Is there a way to further reduce the ...
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XWindows-like mouse behaviour in Windows 7

I currently use Linux as my primary desktop OS, and have done for more years than I care to remember. In recent years I've settled on GNOME and XFCE as my environments of choice. For a number of ...
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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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Synaptics - Windows 8.1, updating Synaptics failed

On Windows 8.1, I tried to install the latest Synaptics Touchpad Driver v17.0.19 and it failed for some unknown reasons. Turns out it's problem with Synaptics, not Windows. Synaptics did not "Sign" ...
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Mouse Icon Distorted on Secondary Display

I have a strange issue with a dual monitor, extended desktop setup where the mouse is always fine on the primary monitor, but sometimes when I move to the secondary display the icon becomes garbled ...
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Linux: emulate mouse clicks with keyboard

How can I emulate a mouse click on a keyboard on linux, e.g. by defining that my right CTRL-key should behave as if I clicked the right mouse button?
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When middle-clicking links, why does my browser sometimes open two tabs?

For around a year I have had an issue with my USB mouse's middle button action whilst browsing the web. Essentially if I use the middle button to open any link, about 5% of the time it will open two ...
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Mouse anti-tremor solution?

My 73 year old mother is a surprisingly savvy computer user. She uses her computer for research almost daily. As she has gotten older, she has developed a tremor in both hands. This makes using the ...
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Disable trackpad when mouse is plugged in - Windows 7 Macbook Pro

I just installed Windows 7 64-bit on my Macbook Pro. I would like the trackpad to be disabled when I plug in a USB mouse. Is this possible?
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Mouse is rotated by 90 degrees

My mouse has recently started a very strange behaviour in that left = up, right = down, up = right and down = left. i.e. it's like my mouse is rotated by 90 degrees. I have tried uninstalling the ...
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How can I have a Windows 7 VMware guest without mouse support?

Despite having vmmouse.present = "FALSE" mouse.vusb.absDisabled = "TRUE" pref.motionUngrab = "FALSE" in my .vmx file and a customized VMware Tools installation on the guest that does not include ...
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Why does Windows 7 mouse freeze after resuming from sleep?

A similar question previously posted at Super User is Why Does My Windows 7 PC Freeze After Waking from Sleep?, but none of the previous answers intially appeared to solve my problem or were the same ...
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How does Windows 7 taskbar “color hot-tracking” feature calculate the colour to use?

This has intrigued me for quite some time. Does anyone know the algorithm Windows 7 Aero uses to determine the colour to use as the hot-tracking hover highlight on taskbar buttons for ...
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Why is my mouse pointer moving on its own?

After two months of working correctly, I am experiencing an strange and very annoying problem. My mouse pointer is moving on its own. If I move the mouse to the left, as soon as I stop the movement, ...
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X11 Style Copy on Select in Windows?

Is there a way to configure MS Windows to copy text to the clipboard immediately when it is selected? Or is there an add-on utility that does this? I am thinking of the X11 style where merely ...
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VIM and putty - mouse issues

i'm not very experienced in VIM. i'm using VIM with putty, and i often use mouse scroll and move text cursor with mouse. also sometimes i need to paste some code from windows clipboard, so i have to ...
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How to make the scroll wheel to affect always what's under the mouse pointer? [duplicate]

It happens to me so many times that I roll the scroll wheel over some scrollable element, but the thing DOES NOT SCROLL. What's worse, something else on another part of the screen may scroll. I know ...
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Play/pause VLC with mouse click

Is it possible to play/pause a movie just by clicking on the window? I really miss this feature from Media Player Classic, but from what I could find, it's not possible in VLC.
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Is there something like a “Universal 2.4GHz Receiver” for wireless peripherals?

I have recently been given the keyboard and mouse set, Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Desktop 7000. This however came without the receiver. Is there anywhere I could get a replacement receiver for ...
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Is there a way to automatically switch profiles for a RAT mouse?

So I bought a Cyborg RAT 7 mouse a while back, and I love it, except for one thing: it's not automatically selecting the profile for the game I've just started. This is annoying because, for ...
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How to permanently disable mouse integration in Virtualbox?

The "mouse integration" feature in Virtualbox is pretty handy in most cases, but I need to have it disabled. Unfortunately, it looks like I have to press Host+I at every boot of the virtual machine. ...
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How can I drag the start screen (instead of scrolling)?

I have many tiles on my start screen, which gives my start screen a scrollbar at the bottom. My mouse has a problem with the scroll wheel so that I can't scroll where I want. Because it is a great ...
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How to disable my netbook's touchpad when a usb mouse is connected

This is the first computer I have ever bought and I couldn't bring it home without a mouse of its own. I'm trying to disable the touchpad but the only option I find is by uninstalling the drivers, ...
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Logitech mouse driver alternative for Mac OS X

I've had my Logitech MX Revolution for several years now, and I still like it a lot. However, when I first installed the software that came with it, Logitech's drivers required Application Enhancer ...
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Windows Mouse Acceleration Curve: SmoothMouseXCurve and SmoothMouseYCurve

What is the format of the data of SmoothMouseXCurve and SmoothMouseYCurve in the registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Mouse
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Windows 7: Close on middle-click of taskbar icon?

I'm used to middle-clicking tabs in Firefox, and finding myself instinctively middle-clicking taskbar icons, expecting it to close them, and annoyed when it opens a new instance instead. Is there ...
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Disabling horizontal scrolling using mouse wheel

I am using Windows 7 x64 on an iMac (via BootCamp) with the button-less Magic Mouse that comes with the iMac. I would like to disable the horizontal scrolling that happens when you move slightly the ...
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Making a mouse scroll work in non-active windows?

One awesome feature I like about Ubuntu is the ability to roll your mouse and move up/down the page in a window that is not active. For instance, if I have two monitors and on one I'm reading a ...
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I've trapped myself outside my Mac. Help

A dreaful mistake lead to the following situation: Each and every one of my mouse buttons loads the Dashboard. I can't change the settings, not without using the mouse. It's a Catch 22. How can I ...
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Resize GNU screen windows with a mouse

I love the way I can resize windows in vim using the mouse. Is it possible to do the same in GNU screen? If not, is there an alternative to screen that supports this functionality?
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How to make the pointer glide on Mac OS X?

I just moved from Dos To Mac. On my old laptop I could configure the touchpad to "glide" with the synaptic driver. That is the pointer would continue to move a bit after I lift my moving finger off ...
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Does any mouse really have 11 buttons? [closed]

I have been an OSX user for long, and today while using a scroll mouse I realized in Mission Control it gives us option to choose from Secondary Mouse Button to Mouse Button 11. If I press the scroll ...
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Set mouse or keyboard button to simulate left click and hold or rapid left click repeating in Windows?

Does anyone know a way to configure Windows 7 or use third party software to do this? I would like to click my middle mouse button and have it tell Windows to left click and hold until I click the ...
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Interesting uses for a headless host running Ubuntu [closed]

So, I have configured a PC with no monitor, keyboard, or mouse running Ubuntu. I use it as an ssh server, file backup, web server, etc. Though, it seems as if I could use it for so much more, the ...
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How do you disable the wheel mouse button in Windows 7 so that it does not bring up the task switcher

When I am in Chrome (Or IE8), and I want to open a link in a new tab, I'm used to using the middle (wheel) button. With Windows 7, click on the mouse wheel brings up the Task Switcher, but I would ...
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Why is my mouse randomly deselecting and unclicking?

(Windows 7 x64, Logitech MX1100 mouse) If I click/hold/ the mouse, like on the title bar of a folder to move it, or to select text, the mouse will randomly "unselect" it and then randomly reselect at ...
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Why is my mouse pointer twitching? [duplicate]

I don't know if you've ever experienced such a behavior from your mouse pointer but it's happened to me several times. The thing is, when I buy a brand new mouse, everything is fine for some time ...
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How to get an Acer Aspire Revo to connect to the wireless keyboard and mouse?

I just got a new Asus Aspire Revo, put the batteries in the wireless keyboard and mouse, but I can't get the system to recognize either. What am I doing wrong? Note: There are next to no instructions ...
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How to fix my mouse?

I just reinstalled Windows XP - while it was installing I didn't notice that the mouse wasn't plugged in. Once the instalation was complete my mouse doesn't work. The pointer shows up when Windows ...
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How do Optical/Laser mice work?

The old fashioned mice worked via two wheels that are turned by a ball: Found here One represented the x-axis while the other represtened the y-axis. Turning one, would move the mouse in that ...
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How to disable the back and forward mouse buttons in Windows 7?

I have a 5 button Microsoft mouse. I always press acidentally the navigation buttons, and I want to disable them without using the software that came with the mouse. Is it possible? (Without modifying ...
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How to adjust mouse pointer speed in login screen

I have a high-resolution laser mouse. To get a mouse pointer speed usable by mere mortals, I have to set the mouse pointer speed pretty low in the Mouse CP Applet. That's not a problem, of course. ...
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Microsoft USB Wire Color Code

My wireless keyboard's USB connector wire came off, so I'm trying to splice a new connector and wire with the existing wire. The only problem is that Microsoft didn't follow the normal ...
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Windows 8 doesn't detect my MacBook Pro trackpad

I have to plugin an external USB mouse in order to use the cursor. Specs: Boot Camp 3.3 systeminfo | findstr /B /C:"OS Name" /C:"OS Version" OS Name: Microsoft Windows 8 Pro OS ...
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How can I set mouse as left handed on xmonad?

I had the mouse buttons inverted on Gnome, and I wanted to do the same on xmonad but I don't know how to do it. Does anyone knows what is the adequate configuration?
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Security on wireless mouse and keyboard

At work I am using a wireless mouse and keyboard. I was sitting at my desk this morning wondering if and how they are secured against key loggers. What stops another device from listening to my ...
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Close windows 8 warning/error overlays using the keyboard

How can I close / interact with popus / overlays like the following using only the keyboard? It seems you can only close it with a mouse which is not always very practical.
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Logitech SetPoint software button remapping

My Logitech G5 Laser mouse has 9 buttons but it's SetPoint software only allows 5 of them to be used as "mouse buttons" and the remaining 4 can only be assigned special windows functions (Forward, ...
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Right clicking bookmarks in firefox in osx doesn't work

I have a macbook pro 13" that I got just last week and iv noticed that I can't rightclick bookmarks in the bookmarks toolbar or the bookmarks menu. Doing so in the bookmarks organizer works just fine ...
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How does one change a PS/2 mouse's polling/refresh/sample rate in 64-bit Windows 7?

Back with Windows XP, I was able to change my PS/2 mouse's sampling rate from its default setting to 200 Hz at Device Manager > Mouse > 'Name of Mouse' > Properties > Advanced Settings ...