The Magic Mouse is an awesome Bluetooth mouse for your Mac OS X based computer. This is because of its advanced multitouch gestures. Unfortunately, Apple only includes a few gestures out-of-the-box.
In this tutorial we will be showing you how to add more gestures to your Magic Mouse. We will be using an application called MagicPrefs. MagicPrefs is available for free from the developer’s website. Before we start, please download Magic Prefs. MagicPrefs also works with the Magic Trackpad as well as the MacBook Pro/Air trackpads.
Installing MagicPrefs is a little different than installing a normal Mac App. After you have downloaded the application, drag-and-drop MagicPrefs.app into your applications folder. Once this is completed, launch MagicPrefs.
MagicPrefs will now open in System Preferences. In order to use MagicPrefs you must use System Preferences to access it.
To start, open System Preferences and look towards the bottom of the window. You will see a header labeled Other. Under this header you see MagicPrefs. Click on this option to configure MagicPrefs.
Make sure the Magic Mouse tab is selected. This tab is located towards the top of the MagicPrefs window. Once this tab is selected, you can configure your Magic Mouse. To enable a new gesture, select one of the many options in the Taps or Swipes menus. From here, assign each gesture to a function. For instance, you can assign a three-finger tap to open Launchpad. The possibilities are endless!
Another cool feature of MagicPrefs is the fact that you can precisely change your mouse’s tracking speed and gesture triggering. If you would like to change these, simply look towards the top of the MagicPrefs window. You will see two sliders that are labeled Tracking Speed and Gesture Triggering. Move these sliders to find the speeds that fit your needs.
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