Get the Most Out of Your Magic Mouse!

September 5, 2011, By Christian Cawley

Why bother with a traditional wired mouse when you can have a Magic Mouse? Technology for these input devices has come along in leaps and bounds since the turn of the century, with the old-fashioned and tiresome-to-maintain ball mouse being phased out in favour of wireless and bearing-less alternatives that have fewer moving parts.

The pinnacle of mouse design naturally comes via Apple and their outstanding Magic Mouse, a remarkable device that combines touch technology with the point-and-click convenience of a traditional mouse.

Getting the most out of a Magic Mouse means more than simply plugging it into your Mac and using it, however. By default, your Mac’s mouse preferences will alter when a Magic Mouse is connected, but this doesn’t always happen. As such you’ll need to configure your settings to really get the most out of your Magic Mouse…

Get the Most Out of Your Magic Mouse!

What You Should Find…

When you connect a Magic Mouse to your Mac, the preferences for the device in System Preferences > Hardware > Mouse will change from the default options of tracking speed, controlling speed and double-click speed to displaying additional settings for finger gestures.

As the Magic Mouse is a Bluetooth device, for it to perform correctly the Bluetooth driver for the mouse must load correctly, otherwise you will be left with a basic wireless mouse; because standard mice don’t have a touch sensitive component, this function will not work correctly.

Similarly, the Magic Mouse drivers may fail if you have been using a non-Apple mouse with third party device drivers installed. This can cause problems when pairing your Magic Mouse and your Mac.

For instance you might be using a mouse or other input device from Microsoft or Logitech. You will need to uninstall these and restart your Mac for the Magic Mouse to start running correctly.

Configuring Your Magic Mouse

There are various ways in which you can use the touch-sensitive surface of your Magic Mouse to interact with your Mac.

For instance, you can configure the scrolling and zooming options that would normally be afforded a single control via your mouse roller, or you can instruct the device how to scroll between pages on screen with a single swipe of your fingers.

To configure your Magic Mouse to use your preferred settings, open System Preferences > Hardware > Mouse and use the Tracking, Scrolling and Double-Click settings to adjust the standard behaviour of your mouse.

Once you are happy with these options (which you can try our as you change them) turn your attention to the One Finger and Two Finger options for using your Magic Mouse, such as configuring the rate of scroll and whether to enable or disable the swipe to navigate function. This last option is very useful and will save you from moving your mouse to go back a page when browsing the web – instead, simply swipe your fingers across the surface of your Magic Mouse!

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