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Here's a simple one-finger solution for Mighty Mouse right-click problems: Use only your index finger for both buttons. Using the index finger for left-clicking and and right-clicking provides reliable operation of the buttons on both sides of the mouse.

Your thumb should not be further forward than the side button on the left side of the mouse. The position of the fingers on the right side of the mouse is relatively unimportant.

For left-handed operation, I could only get the left side of the mouse "unblocked" by lifting my hand completely off the mouse. It seems the area behind the left side button affects the sensing of the buttons as much as the front button areas do.

[robg adds: I've seen occasional reports of issues with left- and right-button recognition on the Mighty Mouse, but the unit I have here doesn't have such problems.]
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A simple fix for Mighty Mouse right-click issues
Authored by: scotty321 on Feb 04, '09 08:04:04AM

The right mouse button on the Mighty Mouse won't register a click if your finger is lightly resting on the left mouse button. So all you need to do to remedy this is:

LIFT UP your index finger from the left mouse button while clicking on the right mouse button with your middle finger. It's as simple as that.



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A simple fix for Mighty Mouse right-click issues
Authored by: chimerical on Feb 04, '09 09:19:37AM

Agreed. By design, the mouse seems to ignore right clicking if any finger is resting on the left half. The parent is right - the solution is to lift it. Not really sure why the hint insists on using the index finger for both sides.



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A simple fix for Mighty Mouse right-click issues
Authored by: pmbuko on Feb 04, '09 11:47:34AM

ditto this advice. Using one finger for both buttons is a bit ridiculous.



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A simple fix for Mighty Mouse right-click issues
Authored by: robogobo on Feb 04, '09 12:14:52PM

mine works when both fingers are touching left and right. you just have to click far to each side.



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A simple fix for Mighty Mouse right-click issues
Authored by: robogobo on Feb 05, '09 07:05:04AM

huh, I take it back. lift your finger. I guess I always just did it without thinking about it.



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A simple fix for Mighty Mouse right-click issues
Authored by: julianlove on Feb 04, '09 08:27:17AM

Or just buy a better mouse - the ergonomics of the mighty mouse are terrible. The fact that you have to post a hint to be able to make right-clicks with it illustrates my point perfectly. Since when did a mouse need instructions? I returned my bluetooth mighty mouse and got a Logitech V270 bluetooth mouse - bot quite so many buttons as the mighty mouse but it works perfectly and is very comfortable to use.



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A simple fix for Mighty Mouse right-click issues
Authored by: Anonymous on Feb 04, '09 11:40:32AM

Absolutely right. This way you also get a useable scroll wheel, instead of that awful ... thing on the Naughty Mouse.



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A simple fix for Mighty Mouse right-click issues
Authored by: frgough on Feb 05, '09 10:10:34AM

Being able to use the first three fingers together for a primary click puts much less strain on the tendons of the wrist.



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A simple fix for Mighty Mouse right-click issues
Authored by: bcamp1973 on Feb 04, '09 08:28:52AM

i have a better idea, i do this myself...just lift your index finger before clicking with your middle finger. less moving back and forth and risk of RSI.



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A simple fix for Mighty Mouse right-click issues
Authored by: robogobo on Feb 04, '09 12:17:53PM

I think there must be two factories where the Mighty Mouse is built. From one, they all suck. From the other they're perfect. I have never had a problem with my wireless Mighty Mouse. Clicking is no problem; scrolling is no problem. If yours is giving you trouble, RETURN it for another.



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A simple fix for Mighty Mouse right-click issues
Authored by: GeorgeW52 on Feb 04, '09 04:13:43PM

After searching older threads about problems with the BT Mighty Mouse I started experimenting with the lift left finger suggestion but found it to be inconsistent - not as bad as normal two-finger use but still not satisfactory. As a result of mapping out the sensitive areas of the mouse I discovered that using only my index finger on both buttons worked very consistently and with less strain than lifting my finger high enough to consistently get the right-click. After a day of using it like that it feels as normal as two finger operation.

The degree of success with either method probably depends a lot on hand size and definitely on hand position on the mouse.

From other comments it looks as though there is a combination of desigh and quality control problems with the BT Mighty Mouse.



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A simple fix for Mighty Mouse right-click issues
Authored by: el_mancebo on Feb 04, '09 05:21:57PM

I remapped right clicks to the ball, right and left buttons do the same.
As easy and strightforward as could find.



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A simple fix for Mighty Mouse right-click issues
Authored by: robleach on Feb 05, '09 07:51:05AM

Never had this problem, but what I want to know is how to center-click without accidentally scrolling, 'cuz XEmacs won't paste via center click if I accidentally scroll. Sometimes I'll try it a dozen times before it works. I don't like this mouse, but am too lazy to buy another... (yet not lazy enough to complain about it on macosxhints apparently!)



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A simple fix for Mighty Mouse right-click issues
Authored by: osxpounder on Feb 06, '09 11:45:35AM

Thanks for the hint. It's a good hint, for those who don't work long, uninterrupted sessions with this mouse.

If you do, you should think about whether you really want to do all your clicking with one finger. Those clicks add up, and can cause damage to your hands over time. 3D, 2D and video artists, for example, routinely work long, uninterrupted hours, and also do a lot of click-and-hold, or click-drag, operations. I think it's better to spread some of that work to the other finger(s), if you can.

I use these mice in a computer lab, part of the day... reluctantly. The iMacs are great, for me and my hands, but the new keyboard and the MM are inferior in many ways.

I think the string of tips and questions here about the Mighty Mouse demonstrates its inferiority. In my view, a mouse shouldn't be so complicated or touchy that you find yourself sharing tips on how to right-click or avoid triggering scroll or Exposť accidentally.

I'll won't buy or recommend one to any user. For my work, I look for mice with at least 2 programmable buttons that I can set to "click lock". Lately I'm using a trackball that offers this.



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Lefty fix for right-click?
Authored by: dzurn on Feb 10, '09 07:47:16AM

I use my MMouse as a Lefty, so the right-click is always a pain. Did I take my middle finger off the left button enough to count as a right-click? What a pain.

So what I try to do is, using my index finger, roll my hand to the right to right-click way over on the side, almost on the edge of the mouse. That gets my other fingers up in the air and off the mouse, so it's a "real" right-click. Otherwise my middle finger just barely touches enough to foil my right-click.

I really wish it wasn't so sensitive for left-handed use.


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