Nice 3 button mice?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by 2ms, Oct 1, 2016.

  1. 2ms macrumors 6502

    Nov 22, 2002
    I need to get a mouse that provides the ability to at least emulate a middle mouse button (for a CAD software I use).

    Back in the day I used a Mighty Mouse for this. The little ball was depressible and clicked, so worked as a third button.

    I'd prefer to get something new now though. The Magic Mouse does not seem to provide this functionality.

    Anyone have advice on mice that are nice and provide this functionality well? The Logitechs are all so gamery in their appearance. Would really like to try to find something that was at least a bit more similar to my iMac and Apple keyboard.
  2. thats all folks macrumors 6502a

    thats all folks

    Dec 20, 2013
    Austin (supposedly in Texas)
    oddly, the mouse that I've felt has the most compatible (and least obnoxious) styling in a room full of Macs was the Basic Optical from Microsoft. the third button is the scroll wheel but I think they are all like that now. I've placed many dozens of these in a few design and graphics companies. everyone was fine with them.

    if you are looking for something more substantial, the Microsoft Intellimouse Explorer is bigger and has more buttons but is less attractive, and more expensive.
  3. Kobayagi macrumors 6502a


    Dec 18, 2012
    The Magic Mouse can do this, I've set up mine to do it, so in Safari, it opens links in a new tab. You'll need the BetterTouchTool app. It's a great app that lets you add custom gestures to your mouse, keyboard, trackpad and more.

    I've made a short tutorial on it a few years back:
  4. Tarek macrumors 6502

    Jun 25, 2009
    Liverpool, UK
    Yes, there is a BetterTouchTool and there is MagicPrefs, which I honestly prefer after years of using both. You can set either the TrackPad or the MagicMouse to emulate the Middle-Button with a three-finger tap.

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