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Logitech sells several button-laden gaming mice, but does not provide any software support for them on the Mac. Worse, applications like USB Overdrive and SteerMouse are unable to detect many of the buttons on said mice, severely limiting their utility. For instance, on the Wireless Gaming Mouse G700, four of the buttons are tied up with on-the-fly DPI switching, profile switching, and battery status and cannot be changed on the Mac side.

The solution is to hook up the mouse to a Windows system (or use Boot Camp) and install the Logitech Setpoint software for Windows. After the software is installed, simply open the gaming mouse application and set the preset for each of the buttons to the 'generic button' setting. Save your settings and unplug the mouse. Now, when you hook it up to your Mac, all buttons should now be visible to Steermouse and USB Overdrive, as well as the Expose and Spaces Preference panes, allowing you to assign them in any way you please.

This same technique may be effective with non-gaming mice as well, but I have not tried it (Logitech has different configuration applications for gaming and non-gaming mice).

[crarko adds: I haven't tested this one.]
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Use additional buttons of Logitech gaming mice
Authored by: wheeles on Aug 19, '10 08:11:12AM

Does Logitech Control Center not work with your mouse?

Another option might be to use ControllerMate.



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Use additional buttons of Logitech gaming mice
Authored by: Typhoon14 on Aug 19, '10 08:52:39AM

To the best of my knowledge, Logitech Control Center for Mac (aside from being generally crummy and unstable software) does not work with any of Logitech's "Gaming" mice. These Mice use a special application on Windows separate from the normal setpoint application used for Logitech's other mice. They are not recognized at all by control center.

I have not tried ControllerMate, but would expect to see the same issue. The problem seems to be that the mouse firmware is reserving those buttons for special uses and not passing them onto the system as usable buttons (the dpi-switching and battery status check are mouse-only functions they do not interact with the host OS at all when activated). Changing them in the Logitech gaming application updates the firmware to simply pass them to the host OS as buttons, allowing most any app to configure them.



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Use additional buttons of Logitech gaming mice
Authored by: sd on Aug 19, '10 09:05:08AM

yes, I have seen that there is an "onboard memory profile", which means that some settings are not handled by the OS but directly written into the mouse.

Anyway, I was searching for a mouse with a bunch of buttons (for desktop use not gaming), and I think this G700 is the mouse I need! Thanks for the hint



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Use additional buttons of Logitech gaming mice
Authored by: halbtuerke on Aug 19, '10 09:27:25AM

Thanks for this great tip, works great for my Logitech G500.

Instead of plugging it into an actual PC I just started up my VM in Parallels Desktop, connected the mouse exclusively to it, installed the software and ran the configuration. After this procedure SteerMouse was able to remap the "more/less DPI" buttons to my desired function.



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Use additional buttons of Logitech gaming mice
Authored by: Nelson101 on Dec 29, '10 06:50:15AM

Confirm this works with the VX Revolution mouse on OSX. The button for 'internet search' behind the wheel never worked on OSX even with Steermouse, but after assigning it to 'middle button' or something else in Windows Setpoint (it won't let you select generic for this button), you can set it to anything in Steermouse.

Superb tip, thanks!



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Use additional buttons of Logitech gaming mice
Authored by: GianPaJ on Aug 19, '10 04:50:07PM

do you guys know how to use the additional buttons on a Razer Tarantula keyboard?
thanks



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Use additional buttons of Logitech gaming mice
Authored by: CharlieS on Aug 20, '10 08:16:16PM

Well, this sucks, doesn't seem to work on the newer version of the MX518. On the older one, you can use the DPI settings buttons without this hint, but I just got a new one that is revised and even with this hint no go. Sad...



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Use additional buttons of Logitech gaming mice
Authored by: molex1000 on Jun 10, '11 05:58:32PM

For anyone wanting to use this hint with a Logitech G700 and your mac there's one other step that must be done, or at least that I had to do...

I hooked up my G700 to a PC, installed the logitech setpoint software, remapped all buttons to "Generic button" and then re-attached the G700 to my iMac. Nothing was different, I still couldn't "see" the G8, G9 and G10 buttons (used for DPI adjustment normally) when using USB overdrive 3.0.1

But then I clicked "+" and clicked them and voila! They showed up.

Prior to using the setpoint software to reset those buttons to "Generic" USB overdrive wouldn't add them. Now it will. I have now mapped all the buttons on the G700 to what I want, thanks.



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