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Why a Mac Does not Need a Second Mouse Button

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I get so tired of people saying that you cannot right click or scroll with a Mac. That is absolutely false, and I’m going to show you how to enable these functions.

On your Mac, open your System Preferences. This is basically the same thing as the Windows Control Panel. Once in System Preferences, open Keyboard and Mouse area. Click on the “Trackpad” tab.

Once in the Trackpad tab, look down under “Gestures”. Wow… what do you know? You can place a check in the box next to “use two fingers to scroll”, as well as next to “tap trackpad using two fingers for secondary click”. That is your right click function. I don’t know why they called it a ‘secondary click’, but it’s the basic right click.

You can, of course, hold down Control and click the trackpad, but why would you do that? It’s so fast, easy and convenient to use two fingers to tap. Once you do, I promise you’ll never think twice about it again.

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Microsoft Desktop Keyboard Review

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http://live.pirillo.com/ – I’ve been anxiously waiting for Microsoft to release their newest wireless keyboard and mouse. It’s been quite awhile since they’ve released a keyboard with USB ports in it, and believe me… you can never have too many of those.

The new Wireless Entertainment Desktop keyboard and mouse came today. I’ve been using this same mouse for about a year now, and I love it! I’ve been using the keyboard for a little under an hour now. It’s definitely slim and lightweight, and the backlit keys are awesome. But, there are some issues I’ve come across. I’m a touch typist, and this keyboard definitely wasn’t designed for touch typers.

  • The Windows key has been moved. It now resides underneath the space bar. For someone like me who uses the Windows key for a variety of shortcuts, this spells disaster. I have to teach myself how to find these from fast touch again.
  • There is a track (touch) pad on the right side of the keyboard. However, the button for “left click” is on the left side of the keyboard.
  • With this new design, some of the keys… such as Function keys and ESC key… are no longer actually keys. They are these little nubs. Now, if you sit with your keyboard at a desk or workstation like I do, this is frustrating. You have to kind of feel your way around in order to find the right one. I’ve accidentally hit the ~ key many times without thinking in the past hour, thinking I was hitting the ESC key.

In my opinion, this keyboard was designed to be used by someone sitting away from their monitor, maybe even across a room. It wasn’t really designed to be used right at your desktop.

On a funny side note, take a close look at the logo on the mouse. The letter Ris missing from the word Microsoft. So, this mouse was made by a company named Mic osoft. Interesting…

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Mighty Mouse vs Microsoft Laser Mouse 8000

http://live.pirillo.com – A wireless mouse is a beautiful thing, but what mouse is perfect for you? JC asks why Chris got a mighty mouse and if Chris could "point" him in the right direction. How lame.

Chris has been happily using the Mighty Mouse, but also enjoys his Microsoft Wireless Laser Mouse 8000.

Apple has the design and elegance going for it, as well as the "tech coolness" factor in only having one button yet being able to right click. The scroll wheel is also much more comfortable than on his PC mouse. It’s for all of those reasons that Chris likes the Mighty Mouse over most of his other peripherals.

Webboy posted a video response claiming that you cannot right click with the Mighty Mouse, but Chris disagrees: you can right click with the Mighty Mouse, even though it only has one button. All you need to do is configure it correctly.

Chris prefers to use the Laser Mouse 8000 on his PC mainly because it’s made for the PC.

What mouse do you use?

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