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If you miss things like the old OS 9 Now Menus and you're into customization, you can combine USB Overdrive and Proteron MaxMenus in an interesting way.

MaxMenus lets you assign a keystroke, like a function key, to cause a custom menu to appear. USB Overdrive lets you assign a keystroke to all those extra mouse buttons on things like the MS Intellimouse. If you tell USB Overdrive to "type" the same keystroke that you have assigned to a MaxMenu, what you have is a custom popup menu that appears directly under your cursor when you click the appropriate mouse button!

I use this in two ways: The middle button (wheel) gives me a popup list of running applications; this is a nearly instantaneous way to switch into another running application. Furthermore, if you hold down command-option this autohides all the other applications when you switch. Second, I have button four assigned to show all all mounted volumes; this gives you a complete file browser that appears at the click of a button.

Theoretically, this can give an amazing amount of flexibility, since USB Overdrive can be configured to map different keystrokes to mouse buttons depending on which application you are in. This gives the bewildering prospect of custom popup menus that are application specific. I haven't thought of a use for that yet, but would be interested to hear if others do.

[Editor's note: Cool trick ... I may have to download and register USB Overdrive!]
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USB Overdrive & MaxMenus
Authored by: Anonymous on Mar 26, '02 06:01:34PM

This sounds like a great idea. However, it didn't work for me.
I had assigned Cntl-Tab to List Open Apps. But when I assigned that key combo to the middle mouse button, it didn't work. Am I missing something?



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USB Overdrive & MaxMenus
Authored by: Anonymous on Mar 26, '02 06:01:35PM

This sounds like a great idea. However, it didn't work for me.
I had assigned Cntl-Tab to List Open Apps. But when I assigned that key combo to the middle mouse button, it didn't work. Am I missing something?



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Great tip!
Authored by: Anonymous on Mar 26, '02 10:40:16PM

This is, indeed, an excellent combination of applications which has increased my functionality quite a bit. Having set this up while exploring MaxMenus for the first time, I was hooked. However, I do prefer to assign my middle mouse button to double click, with the fifth or far right button doing my InstaMenuPop™ functions...
Never thought to post as a tip, sorry! I'll think harder next time, promise.

BTW: Anyone know of a good, 5 button mouse not made by Kensington or Microsoft? Logitech only makes 4 button, and that's about the best I can find. I need a new 5!



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Great tip!
Authored by: swilcox on Mar 27, '02 01:16:19AM

I use MaxMenus and USB Overdrive in the same, but with an added twist. I've created a folder in ~/Library called MaxMenus. Inside, I have folders for Apps, Utilities, Internet, etc. And inside these folders I've put aliases to my most used applications.

Then, create a MaxMenu that has this "MaxMenus" folder in it; I also put System Prefs and a couple other items in the menu. Assign an F-key to it, and then use USB Overdrive to type that keystroke; I use the scrollwheel mouse button for this.

Result: a very handy launcher!



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Great tip!
Authored by: gteague on Mar 27, '02 01:51:34AM

grazie millione! i have the latest ms explorer mouse and up until now haven't made much use of the 4th & 5th buttons, but now i have the 4th assigned to a maxmenu applications menu and the 5th assigned to a maxmenus documents menu.

/guy



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Great tip!
Authored by: nichrome on Jun 18, '02 07:42:42AM

Razer Boomslang 2000 by kärna Precision LLC. kärna went bankrupt, though, so these aren't easy to find. They are, however, the best dad-gum five-buttoners out there.



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