How to assign actions (hot keys) to mouse buttons in OS 10.3???

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by ArkabaS, Dec 3, 2004.

  1. ArkabaS macrumors member

    ArkabaS

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    Hey everyone,

    I just started using Mac OS 10.3.6 a few days ago.

    Everything is perfect expect for one thing. Neither Safari nor Finder recognizes the back/forward keys of my generic 5-button laser mouse. Right, left, and middle mouse work great, but the addition of functional back/forward keys would be EXCELLENT in programs like Safari.

    How can I assign actions to the back and forward mouse buttons?? Do I need to install 3rd party drivers or programs?? Will the change be global or specific to programs like Safari??

    Thanks for any response.
     
  2. gekko513 macrumors 603

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    I think any App can make special use of extra mouse buttons if they are programmed to do so.

    Other than that I know that you can assign extra mouse buttons to activate Exposé in different ways. But that's the only global option for this that I know about.
     
  3. floatingspirit macrumors 6502

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    For what it's worth, my kensington mouse has it's own drivers that can be downloaded from their website. Perhaps the maker of your mouse has the same arrangement.
     
  4. Duff-Man macrumors 68030

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    Duff-Man says....have a look at USB Overdrive - shareware but worth it - I use it with my Logitech MX500 mouse as it is 100 times better than Logitech's software.....oh yeah!
     
  5. ArkabaS thread starter macrumors member

    ArkabaS

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    Thanks for the help everyone. My problem is now fixed. Apparently "A4 Tech" is not such a generic company. Their website had a great Mac OS X driver for my mouse (a little buggy interface but it does the job). I probably should have looked for drivers before posting here :rolleyes:, but I thought that maybe Mac OS 10 had already implemented a 5-button mouse scheme.

    By the way, why is Apple still making one button mouses?? I know they love tradition and everything, but come on, it's 2004. Their should be a petition asking to "upgrade" the classic one-button mouse.
     

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