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by Tom Nelson

The Mac OS has included support for multi-button mice for a long time, going all the way back to Mac OS 8. However, because Apple didn’t make multi-button mice until it released the Mighty Mouse in the summer of 2005, Mac and Windows users alike didn’t know that the Mac could use a mouse with more than one button.

RightClickMousePreference

Screen shot © Coyote Moon, Inc.

Apple itself sort of kept this myth alive. For years, the default setting in the System Preferences was for multi-button mice to have all buttons assigned to the same primary click function.

This caused any mouse connected to the Mac to essentially mimic the original single-button mouse that was included with the first release of the Macintosh. History and nostalgia have their place, but not when it comes to mice.

Read more on About: Macs.

 

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