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My Mighty Mouse has never automatically connected. It's a favorite, and I've removed it and added it back. It still will not automatically connect when I turn it on. The Bluetooth keyboard automatically connects with no problem. At work, I connected an external screen for daily use, then took the MacBook Pro back home at the end of the day. It thus became very important to find a way to tell the computer to connect to the mouse with nothing more than the keyboard. The following is how you can connect to your mouse with nothing more than the keyboard if your arrangement is like mine.

First, navigate to the Bluetooth System Preferences panel. Make sure the last option (Show Bluetooth status in the menu bar) is enabled. That should put the Bluetooth icon in the right side of the menu bar. If I now press Control-F8, the system will select the far right menu bar option, which is my wireless connection. I then use the left arrow to get to the Bluetooth icon, then the down arrow to open its menu.

Since Browse Device... is closer to the bottom of the Bluetooth menu, I use the up arrow to start from the bottom, and hit it again until the Browse Device option is selected, and then I use the Enter key to select it. Listed under Device is my Mighty Mouse, so I use the down arrow until it is selected. Then I hit the Enter key so that it will try to search for available files on the mouse. Naturally it isn't able to browse and spouts an error message at the bottom,, but the result is that the mouse is now connected. Sometimes I have to repeat the selection of the mouse and hitting Enter to make it try to find files on the mouse for it to connect. Either way, this is much preferable to me over carrying a wired mouse around with me.

I have yet to see anybody give a real answer to solving the favorites issue with my Mighty Mouse, however. I hope this workaround helps others.
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A keyboard-only method of pairing a Bluetooth mouse
Authored by: fds on Jul 26, '07 07:47:00AM

In my case, I just have to click the button on the Mighty Mouse and then it is connected in a second. Works the same way in Windows in Boot Camp.



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A keyboard-only method of pairing a Bluetooth mouse
Authored by: arasinen on Jul 26, '07 11:38:22PM

I had the same problem as the submitter of the original hint. Turns out you really have to hold the button down for a while -- short clicks failed often for me.



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A 1-keystroke method of pairing a Bluetooth mouse
Authored by: kimballk on Jul 26, '07 08:36:29AM

Just a reminder: You can use QuicKeys or an equivalent program to write a macro consisting of the keystrokes you use. Then assign a key combination to it and one keystroke will activate your mouse.

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Kimball Kramer



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A keyboard-only method of pairing a Bluetooth mouse
Authored by: mattjgerard on Jul 27, '07 09:11:51AM

There is an easier way, as I usually loose my connection when I close my MBP. Apple-Tab to the finder, press any letter on the keyboard and that will select a file on the desktop. then press SHIFT-APPLE-B to initiate the Blutooth file transfer utility. If your Mighty Mouse is saved as a favorite, use the arrow keys to select it hit enter, and as soon as the BT utility discovers that it CaN"T send the file to a mouse, the mouse will work! Hit cancel and quit. The only quirk, and this might be on my machine only, is that when the BT utility starts up, it always moves to the back of the stack so I have to apple tab to it.

Enjoy!



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A keyboard-only method of pairing a Bluetooth mouse
Authored by: robogobo on Nov 27, '07 02:16:26PM

or turn the mouse off and on again, then click a few times. that works for me.



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