Using extra mouse buttons in OSX

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Reimer, Oct 15, 2006.

  1. Reimer macrumors regular


    Sep 15, 2006
    Is there a way to get the other functions on certain mice to work, such as the Logitech MX518? More specifically, I'm wondering if there is a way to get the scroll wheel to act as a button so I can middle click links in Firefox to open them up in tabs. I don't think the Back/Forward buttons on the side of the mouse work either.

    I'd assume I'd have to download Logitech's software but I'm kind of wary of doing that because the last time I installed it, my mouse became unusable and I had to reinstall OS X.
  2. rogersmj macrumors 68020


    Sep 10, 2006
    Indianapolis, IN
    You're going to want to look into mouse software such as USB Overdrive or Steermouse.
  3. emptyCup macrumors 65816


    Jan 5, 2005
    Do you know for sure that your mouse does not work? OSX natively supports 3 button scroll wheel mice.
  4. Reimer thread starter macrumors regular


    Sep 15, 2006
    Well I've tried both a Logitech Click! and MX518. They work just fine except for the ability to use the scroll wheel as a button.. that and the back/forward buttons don't work either.

    I'll look into usb overdrive or steermouse but would prefer something non-shareware. Thanks

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