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OS X Mountain Lion: Use an Apple Magic Mouse

Use an Apple Magic Mouse

The Apple Magic Mouse supports gestures for interacting your computer in much the same way you interact with the trackpad of a MacBook or MacBook Pro.

Using gestures, you can scroll long lists and webpages with one finger, swipe left and right with two fingers to navigate, and use screen zoom to make onscreen images larger.

You can also select to use the right or left side of the mouse for a secondary click.

  1. Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, and then click Mouse.
  2. Select point and click options:
    Option Description
    Scroll direction: natural Select this option to move the contents of a window in the same direction as your fingers.
    Secondary click: Select the option and choose “Click on the right side,” or ”Click on the left side” to secondary (or control) click items on your screen.
    Smart zoom: Select this option to double-tap with one finger to zoom in or out.
  3. Select more gestures:
    Option Description
    Swipe between pages: Select this option and choose “Scroll right or left with one finger,” “Swipe right or left with two fingers,” or “Swipe with one or two fingers” to move between pages in a document.
    Swipe between full-screen apps: Select this option to move between apps in full screen.
    Mission Control: Select this option to double-tap with two fingers to enter Mission Control.

If the Magic Mouse isn’t paired with your computer, see the documentation that came with your mouse to pair it with your computer.

The battery level is shown in the lower-left corner of Mouse preferences.

Last Modified: Aug 8, 2013
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