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The middle click is not working


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This is pretty much the first time I've ever had a problem that's really just driving me nuts, without being able to find anything even remotely resembling someone complaining about a similar problem, much less a solution.

I'm pretty sure it's not the mouse. No matter what browser I'm in, or what I do, the middle click acts like I just hit the F4 button. Command + Left Click still works to open new tabs, as does Command + Middle Click. But I use middle click to open new tabs almost as much as I left click at all, (what can I say, I feel it's essential to browsing forums,) and just about every time I try to do that and the calculator/weather/time/calendar pops up, I die just a little in my soul.

I have scoured the system preferences for anything resembling a mouse reset, or middle click settings, or shortcuts, or F$ or function problems that might be the culprit, but they've been as unhelpful as Google. (All "middle click problems" seem to be just people complaining about Firefox, and as I said, it's not the browser, because even if I just middle click on the Desktop, it still makes the things pop up. Anyway, I use Safari, so it matters even less...)

Can anyone help me?
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You have the button set to open Dashboard. Go to System Preferences/Keyboard and Mouse/'Mouse' tab/and select a new function from the relevant drop down menu.
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Ok so i have totally had the same problem with my "new" imac... released in 2009.
I try to use the middle click (button 3) button on the mouse and it brings up dash board
I have gone into the system preferences and searched through all the mouse and keyboard settings and i cant change it!!!

Now i go to RMIT in Australia and we use the 2008 model 24" imacs all the time and when i go through the system preferences/keyboard and mouse i can access it but on the new model i cant change it.
In the new model there are less settings and tabs for the mouse in the keyboard and mouse settings.


I made a screen capture to show you the limited settings on the new imac....
Oh and the options button doesn't refer to it either.




If anyone knows anyway of changing this annoying default i would love to know
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What kind of mouse are you using?

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I used the original mac mouse that came with it and then i switched to my logitech MX 518 hoping it would make a difference.
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I used the original mac mouse that came with it and then i switched to my logitech MX 518 hoping it would make a difference.
The Logitech Mouse should have come with a driver disc that will allow you to customize the buttons. If it did not, you'll need a third-party driver like Steermouse.

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Well i installed steermouse and i can finally go back to using my good old friend the middle click
Thanks a lot you guys you have been such big help
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just to clearify, the middle mouse button is assigned to Dashboard in the Exposé/Spaces preference panel, not in Keyboard and Mouse

on 10.5.6 that is
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