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    Assigning "back" to a mouse button?
    Is there any way to assign the "back" function of a web brower to a mouse button? I used this funtionality on my old windows pc with a logitech mouse and I greatly miss it. I'm using a mighty mouse. Thanks anyone.

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    Did you try your System Preferences? In the Keyboard & Mouse pref pane, under the Mouse tab you can change the functions assigned to the mouse buttons.

    Hope this helps.

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    You might need to use a 3rd party utility such as USB Overdrive X...

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacHeadCase View Post
    Did you try your System Preferences? In the Keyboard & Mouse pref pane, under the Mouse tab you can change the functions assigned to the mouse buttons.
    There's no option for this.

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    Good thread, I just bought a mightmouse (and I love it) but the back feature would be nice... downloading usb overdrive... will let you know.

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    Doh! Didn't think to look first.... Sorry.

    Apart from the venerable USB Overdrive, there is also the newer kid on the block, SteerMouse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aptmunich View Post
    You might need to use a 3rd party utility such as USB Overdrive X...
    That did it thanks alot! I was able to assign the scroll button to "back" only when using safari or firefox and it still pulls up the dashboard when i'm not using these programs.

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    You'll need to deactivate that under the 'Mouse' system preference pane...
    The settings there aren't overridden by USBOverdrive, so set the scroll button to '-'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poob Bubes View Post
    That did it thanks alot! I was able to assign the scroll button to "back" only when using safari or firefox and it still pulls up the dashboard when i'm not using these programs.
    Quote Originally Posted by Aptmunich View Post
    You'll need to deactivate that under the 'Mouse' system preference pane...
    The settings there aren't overridden by USBOverdrive, so set the scroll button to '-'.
    I meant that in a good way That's what I wanted to happen, so I set it up that way... But alas, I think this program might be acting up for me... I've been randomly losing functionality for left clicks since I installed it. Left clicks do nothing until i command click on the desktop.

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    Which one?
    This really ticks me off!
    The pop-up menus for the scroll and side buttons should have a "keystroke" option.
    Both my kensington and logitech mice have this option.
    I like the mighty mouse, but this totally blows!
    Anyone know what use "button 3" and "button 4" might have?

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    I seem to remember reading USB OVerdrive isn't developed any more? I might be wrong.

    Steermouse works perfectly with my Logitech mice (I ditched the inappropriately-named Mighty Mouse ages ago), and also assigns options on a per-application basis.
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    this should be programmed into os.x, I use steermouse, but i dont feel i should pay 20$ for a functionality that is already built into the mouse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by auratika View Post
    this should be programmed into os.x, I use steermouse, but i dont feel i should pay 20$ for a functionality that is already built into the mouse.
    Apple don't produce multi-button mice so they don't add support for them. And no-one forced you to pay $20.
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