Hey there, Heres a post where I'd like to share my user experience with BetterTouchTool. This app lets you configure your Magic Mouse, keyboard, trackpad and more to your liking. I'm sure many of you know it, but for those who don't: From their Site: ''BetterTouchTool is a great, feature packed FREE app that allows you to configure many gestures for your Magic Mouse, Macbook Trackpad and Magic Trackpad. It also allows you to configure actions for keyboard shortcuts, normal mice and the Apple Remote. In addition to this it has an iOS companion App (BTT Remote) which can also be configured to control your Mac the way you want. BetterTouchTool includes many goodies, like window snapping or an integrated window switcher.'' Over the time, I have added more and more gestures which help me use my Mac in a unique way and fun way. I have become so accustomed to these gestures, using them has become very easy. I want to share my used shortcuts I've set within BetterTouchTool to show what the program can do and maybe help others simplify the usage of their Mac and configure it to their liking. And if other users wish, they can share their configurations. Apple Magic Mouse First off, I want to show you my configurations for the Apple Magic Mouse. All these gestures are used in Safari (or any other browser) and can now also be used in Finder because Mavericks supports tabs in Finder. The gestures: Gesture #1 Magic Mouse gesture: Single Finger Middle Click Action: Middle click Explanation: Because the Magic Mouse doesn't have a scroll wheel, which is used as a middle click button when pressed, I added this action. Pressing on the middle of the Magic Mouse once, acts as if I've pressed the scroll wheel. This action usually opens a link in Safari in another tab. But what is the middle of the mouse, you may wonder. BBT lets you configure what surface of the mouse you want to act as the ''middle''. See picture above. The orange area is the middle of the mouse, you can adjust the width of it how you like. The outer areas are then the left and right mouse buttons. The white circles are my fingers pressing on the mouse when I took the screenshot. BTT can detect the amount on pressure you apply on the mouse. This helps if you set it up to only respond to a high pressure when doing a swipe or something else, so you dont use the gestures by accident. Gesture #2 & 3 Magic Mouse gesture: Two finger swipe left and right Action: ⌘ ↑[ or ⌘ ↑] Explanation: These commands let you switch tabs in Safari or Finder. It’s a quick way to easily switch tabs left and right without having to click on them or using the keyboard shortcut. Since Apple added tabs in Mavericks, it also works there if you have a few open. I actually assigned a two finger tap to open new tabs in Finder (rather then pressing cmd T), but I haven’t been using it since I usually just press cmd N to open up a new Finder window (so I deleted that gesture). It’s just easier having two Finder windows open when dragging stuff from folders. But yea, this works in Finder as well. Gesture #4 Magic Mouse gesture: Two finger swipe down Action: cmd W Explanation: Staying with the two finger combinations to avoid confusion, I use this to quickly close tabs or apps (not quit them, thats cmd Q). It's very easy when browsing and it doesn't make you go find that small x to close the tab or use the keyboard shortcut. Gestures for Finder Weirdly enough, Apple didn’t make it possible to switch back and forth between previous and next folders by swiping in Finder. Like when using Safari for previous and next pages you visited. They did implement this in the App Store. So I added these commands to quickly go back and forth between folders in Finder. Simply, swiping left or right with one finger will do it. Just like in Safari. Other gestures Making some stuff easier and quicker to acces, I added these extra actions to my wired Apple keyboard: From top to bottom: - I use the diagonal arrows to go to a start or beginning of a sentence. Weirdly enough these commands are not standard on the keyboard. Pressing these buttons without any assigned actions, they just scroll down the page, just like the weird looking page-up keys next to them: ⇞ - The ''Show BTT Preferences’’ action was built in, I actually don’t use, but I left it there. - I happen to use the calculator a lot so I also made it very easy to acces by just pressing the F14 key - Last action: F5 opens op Activity monitor, always handy whenever my MacBook starts acting weird or slow, just to see whats up. (damn kernel_task ) So if there is a app you use a lot and want really quick acces to it, just assign it to one of the F keys that are not in use. So that’s it for now, I haven’t implemented too many gestures, but the ones I have are making using my Mac a real joy. You can try this app with a different mouse as well, but I haven't tested this since I only use the Apple one. If you do use a Magic Mouse, there is a lot more to discover when using BBT and I hope I showed you the potential of this nice app. You may think all these commands are just making it confusing to use when you can just simply click on tabs or the x to close stuff, but when you use it for a while, you'll get so used to it, you'll be doing the commands without thinking about it. Then, you will not want go to back to the old method. I hope others who also use BTT share their custom gestures so more people can benefit. Oh and I almost forgot! BBT also comes with 'Window Snapping’, it’s a features we have first seen in Windows Vista, where you can drag a window to a side and it’ll resize the window, taking up only half of the screen. This makes it easier to put two windows next to each other. Anyway, thanks for reading!