I have a Logitech bluetooth mouse that I use with a work MacBook. I cannot install mouse configuration third-party software per IT security policy (not worth recommending any of them, I simply can't install anything), but I would like to achieve the following:

  1. Touchpad:
  • Scroll using "natural" scrolling directions.
  1. External mouse:
  • Scroll using "un-natural" scrolling directions, i.e., scroll using the intuitive directions for a scrolling wheel — the mouse has both vertical and horizontal scroll wheels.
  • Configure the main 2 extra buttons, that work and are currently assigned to "forward" and "back" (they work as such in browsers at least), "copy" and "paste".

I suppose I could use terminal commands and/or modify plist files (listed below), but I'm not sure exactly how.

Mouse Preference Files:

  • com.apple.AppleMultitouchMouse.plist
  • com.apple.driver.AppleBluetoothMultitouch.mouse.plist
  • com.apple.driver.AppleHIDMouse.plist

Trackpad Preference Files:

  • com.apple.AppleMultitouchTrackpad.plist
  • com.apple.driver.AppleBluetoothMultitouch.trackpad.plist

(Question " Utilize extra mouse buttons in Mac OS X " does not answer my question)

  • Why can't you use System Settings > Trackpad to at least adjust the scroll direction of your trackpad?
    – Spiff
    Commented Jan 27, 2023 at 17:00
  • Because when I change it for the trackpad it also changes for the mouse and vice-versa, which always makes one of them to be unnatural.
    – ASR
    Commented Feb 7, 2023 at 15:44

1 Answer 1


You can use a plist editor. Just run the app from the download folder without installing.

For back and next button. com.apple.driver.apple.AppleHIDMouse Button3 1 Button4 1

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