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I have a wireless Apple bluetooth mouse on my iMac. I have periodically lost access to the mouse for various reasons, such as when the batteries die. (This happens too often, since I usually use my laptop and the desktop sits and sleeps for long periods. Turning the mouse off manually is a pain as I have to let it pair before doing anything). I usually have a wired mouse connected or nearby for such cases, but I found a neater and quicker solution in the Universal Access preference pane in the System Preferences. Under the Mouse or Mouse and Trackpad tab, the first item listed is "Mouse Keys". This needs to be turned on of course, but I prefer not to have this enabled all the time.

The trick here is to check the next box, "Press the option key five times to turn Mouse keys on or off".

With this enabled, the next time you lose mouse connectivity, you just have to press the option key five times to enable the mouse keys, then control the cursor using your number-key pad. Mouse clicks are with the 5, click and hold with the 0, release click and hold with the 5.

[kirkmc adds: If you do use a wireless mouse, make sure to use rechargeable batteries; it's a waste to use throw-away batteries.]
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Wireless mouse dead? Use Universal Access
Authored by: craigb6 on May 29, '07 08:44:14AM

Yes you should def use rechargeable batteries - cheaper and better for the planet, Apple should really bundle some with a small charger as part of their green move.



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Authored by: frgough on May 29, '07 09:58:35AM

Sigh. You do realize, I hope, that everything in an alkaline battery that goes back into the earth came out of the earth originally? Last time I checked, humanity was incapable of ex nihilo creation, although it does seem fairly good at making up apocalyptic fairy tales and swallowing them down whole.



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Authored by: Unsoluble on May 29, '07 10:54:31AM
You do realize, I hope, that after we take those raw materials out of the ground, we process them in ways that change their chemical nature? The things we dump back into the landfills (or the oceans, or wherever) are often not at all able to re-assimilate into nature.

Don't be so quick with the uninformed criticism next time.

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Authored by: frgough on May 30, '07 09:02:48AM

What is this mythical re-assimilate into nature whereof you speak? By what arcane magic has a substance been separated from nature? Combining zinc, nickel, potassium, manganese, hydrogen and oxygen into a battery somehow makes it no longer natural? It must be the tainting of the evil hand of man, I suppose.

Here's the chemistry: If it can't break down; it's inert. If it can, toxicity is in the dosage. Keep the concentrations below the toxic threshold and anything is harmless.

Of course, there's no money or power or hysteria in that simple little truth.

Rant over. Back to your regularly scheduled programming.



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Authored by: megagram on May 31, '07 09:06:54AM
*Sigh* You do realize, I hope, that everything we use comes from the Earth itself. But that, in no means, allows us to do whatever we want with it with no repercussions to our, or our planet's health. But since you seem to think otherwise, how about we just store our nuclear waste in your backyard and route all the fossil-fuel emissions in to your house and, hey, while we're at it, we'll just fill your basement with battery acid. We got all that stuff from Earth so it won't do you any harm!

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Authored by: drandel on May 29, '07 08:30:43PM

What do you say we turn this web site into a PC Green Mac hints site? Al Gore could be the cover boy.

Oh, you don't like the political overtones? Nor do I. The environment is precious and we ought to protect it, but can we please keep the environmental advice/lore restricted to some forum of this site for that purpose, if it's needed at all?



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Authored by: garneaum on May 30, '07 07:20:24AM

I read the posts under this hint. The hint itself is useful, but the problem is clunky and persistent. I'm not a fan of wireless mice anyway, I find their response time to be too slow for me. I tried one with my laptop, so I always had the track pad there to let me reconnect to the mouse when I lost the signal... but I don't even use that mouse any more.

On another note, all of the reply posts are sarcastic and negative. Is that really necessary? I face enough negativity in my daily life without having to face it on a site designed to be HELPFUL.



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