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No, I try to avoid installing any low-level third-party software. But I should have mentioned that I use the SteerMouse preference pane to customize mouse buttons, etc. (I previously used USB Overdrive but had a problem with it long ago and switched to SteerMouse, which I've now been using for many years.)
I use a Logitech MX Master mouse, and the driver is SteerMouse. My employee has an earlier version (maybe Revolution) and uses USB Overdrive. They both work well. Note that the USB Overdrive can also provide customization to many parts of a keyboard with extra buttons. I like the idea of one app that handles both the keyboard and the mouse.
 


Speaking of the Magic Mouse II (and the I), has anyone found a way to disable horizontal scrolling and swiping across specific apps or all apps?
 


Speaking of the Magic Mouse II (and the I), has anyone found a way to disable horizontal scrolling and swiping across specific apps or all apps?
I use MagicPrefs and, among other things, it permits disabling horizontal or vertical scrolling. There is a "Configure Scrolling" button on its preference pane. I don't know if this application is still supported, but it does work with Mojave, and it is 64-bit compatible.
 


Reading this keyboard discussion has started me thinking about replacing my old Matias USB 2.0 keyboard, which I have used on at least 3 Macs over quite a few years. I could live with either wired or wireless, but definitely want full size with numeric keypad, and backlight.

One thing I've really gotten use to in this old keyboard is the second tab key in the numeric keypad. I use this a lot for spreadsheet and other numeric data entry. Pretty much every other keyboard I've seen has a Clear key there instead. Has anyone seen a second tab key like this on any other keyboard? Alternatively, can I reprogram that Clear key to be a tab instead?
 


Has anyone seen a second tab key like this on any other keyboard? Alternatively, can I reprogram that Clear key to be a tab instead?
If there isn't such a keyboard, you could try Karabiner-Elements (formerly Karabiner or KeyRemap4MacBook). It is free. The current version is for Sierra or newer. There are older versions available. I don't have a keyboard with a numeric pad to experiment, so I can't check it out for that. From the site:
Karabiner and KeyRemap4MacBook work with all Mac products, including the MacBook family, iMac, Mac mini, and Mac Pro.
 


If there isn't such a keyboard [as the Matias USB 2.0 with tab key on the numeric pad], you could try Karabiner-Elements (formerly Karabiner or KeyRemap4MacBook). It is free. The current version is for Sierra or newer. There are older versions available. I don't have a keyboard with a numeric pad to experiment, so I can't check it out for that. …
I am able to remap my third-party keyboard's NumLock key to Tab with Keyboard Maestro (free trial, $36 to buy, occasionally discounted in bundles, third-party resellers, etc.). It's good for a lot of other keyboard macro activities too.
 


I use MagicPrefs and, among other things, it permits disabling horizontal or vertical scrolling. There is a "Configure Scrolling" button on its preference pane. I don't know if this application is still supported, but it does work with Mojave, and it is 64-bit compatible.
Expanding on my request... does anyone have a suggestion / solution to disable horizontal swiping (meaning two fingers) as well as horizontal scrolling with the built-in trackpad on Apple's laptops? MagicPrefs does not offer this feature.
 




I use MagicPrefs and, among other things, it permits disabling horizontal or vertical scrolling. There is a "Configure Scrolling" button on its preference pane. I don't know if this application is still supported, but it does work with Mojave, and it is 64-bit compatible.
I use this, too, and I love it, but development stopped on it 5 years ago due to Apple deprecating certain APIs that aren’t likely to be replaced. If it still works, great! But once it stops working, that's it.

I’ve heard of people using BetterTouchTool with the Magic Mouse but have no experience with it personally.
 


Thanks everyone for adding to this thread. I haven't yet resolved our Magic Mouse 2 no-scroll "feature" but will try some of these suggestions like MagicPrefs or similar. On the other hand, I may just buy a third-party mouse.
 


I fixed it! I tried MagicPrefs but that's not supported for macOS Sierra and it didn't work. I uninstalled that and figured out how to get the Mac to fix the mouse setup on its own. Here's how it worked for me:
  1. Under the Bluetooth menu, select the Bluetooth Preferences > Devices
  2. Select the Magic Mouse 2 and click the X to remove it; click the Remove Mouse button to confirm
  3. Turn off the Magic Mouse
  4. Force reboot the Mac (Ctrl-Cmd-Eject or equivalent)
  5. Log back in as that same user and turn on the Magic Mouse
  6. The Mac should pair once again with this mouse; it did and the Mouse Preferences pane looks correct. Scrolling and "mouse gestures" work at the defaults
Looking closer, the mouse now appears as (User name's) Mouse instead of Magic Mouse 2

I hope it works for others too.
 


Expanding on my request... does anyone have a suggestion / solution to disable horizontal swiping (meaning two fingers) as well as horizontal scrolling with the built-in trackpad on Apple's laptops? MagicPrefs does not offer this feature.
Back in August I posted this about an alternative to MagicPrefs:
Horizontal scrolling drives me nuts. In a spreadsheet, you can suddenly find yourself somewhere else with a random movement!
Some time ago, I was asking about a replacement for MagicPrefs, which I use to disable horizontal scrolling; the developer was no longer updating the app, and I expected it might not work in the future, although it works on Mojave 10.14.6.

I had tried BetterTouchTool but could never get it to work to disable horizontal scrolling.

I have long used Smart Scroll and wondered if it could be used for this but didn’t know how to set it up. So I contacted the developer, Marc Moini, who stepped me through the process, which I include for anybody who might be interested:

1) under Scroll Wheel+ or under Multi-Touch+, click on X axis scroll to enable it​
2) on the right side of that check box, click on the pop-up menu and select Slower (instead of Faster)​
3) drag the slider all the way to the right, and the multiplier will be 0x​

This can be set up to apply to all applications or specific applications. So far, it seems to works perfectly. Thanks to Marc Moini.
Smart Scroll has since been updated for Catalina (I'm not there yet!); a free trial can be downloaded from his site; if it works for you, it is very inexpensive. It works for me and I paid! I'm not sure whether it will help with horizontal swiping.
 


...I'm not sure whether it will help with horizontal swiping.
Just installed the evaluation version of Smart Scroll and set it as you advised. Success! Thanks so much. The main driver of my wanting to disable horizontal scrolling / swiping was Apple Mail -- the message list is extremely sensitive to horizontal finger actions, which leads to possible inadvertent moving of messages to Trash and/or marking as Unread if I don't pay close attention.

This is yet again me wishing that Apple would allow the end-user the option to enable or disable many more features in their various apps, rather than forcing unwanted behaviors on us or taking away beloved and useful features. My pet peeve continues to be the unnecessary removal of text descriptors ("Show Icon and Text" in the toolbar) for each of the tiny grey icons in Apple Mail's New Message and Reply windows.
 


Just an additional note. Smart Scroll can be set up differently for different apps, under "Settings for:" For example I have it set up to disable horizontal scrolling (as above) for all apps just generally but, for a couple of photo editing apps which have a bottom horizontally scrolling panel of preset options, I have it set up with the X axis scroll unchecked. Again, it works perfectly for me, even with a Photos editing extension, although I had to wait until it fully loaded.
 


Ric Ford

MacInTouch
Logitech issued new Logitech Control Center software (2019-10-04), but it requires macOS 10.13 or later and fails to document its changes, only uselessly vague "bug fixes and improvements." Duh.

Logitech's Firmware Update Tool (2019-08-20) requires macOS 10.14 or 10.15 for vague "bug fixes and security improvements", whatever those might be.

Logitech Options (2019-07-01) supports macOS 10.12 - 10.13 with "bug fixes and minor improvements."

Logitech Unifying Software is old (2018-08-23), supporting OS X 10.11 - macOS 10.13.

There are other Logitech software downloads, as well.
 


Logitech's Firmware Update Tool (2019-08-20) requires macOS 10.14 or 10.15 for vague "bug fixes and security improvements", whatever those might be.
Well, that certainly is not a GUI tool. I tried a few tool commands, but it always wanted to connect to a GitHub server, even though it looks like the firmware files are part of the download link (in the master.zip file). I will archive this for now.

I ended up purchasing a Logitech M720 Triathlon [Amazon] and am using it via Bluetooth. I am not seeing any of the lagging cursor issues I had with the Magic Mouse 1, although I did have to re-pair the mouse once after waking my MacBook Pro. I have not downloaded any extra drivers, and all of the default button assignments are fine with me.

I agree with Ric that this mouse has very good ergonomic feel to it. I am [appreciating] the "hyper-fast" scroll wheel. I admit I do miss the swipe gestures of the Magic Mouse, especially while web browsing.
 


A couple of years ago I spilled a drink on my mid-2012 MacBook Pro, and it immediately went “lights out.” I sent it away to be repaired by a third-party vendor, a repair that was for the most part successful, but the keyboard gradually became balky, and the trackpad stopped working altogether.

I replaced the trackpad and keyboard/upper case myself, but this failed to correct the problems, and I thought it foolish to lay out any money for yet another motherboard repair, so I purchased a Logitech Bluetooth keyboard and mouse, both of which I have been extremely satisfied with.

Initially, both worked flawlessly, but somewhere along the way one of the macOS updates resulted in both devices failing to reconnect after computer sleep, requiring me to use a wired mouse to delete and reinstall the two devices. I did discover that leaving the wired mouse connected prevented the computer from being unable to reconnect with the two devices, but it’s already something of a pain to use two external wireless I/O devices with a nominally portable computer without the added bother of having to keep a wired mouse plugged into it all the time just so that the Bluetooth mouse and keyboard can continue to be used without the aggravation of reinstalling the two devices every time the computer goes to sleep.

The truly maddening thing is that the mouse and keyboard originally worked just fine after computer sleep, that is until Apple broke something that brought me to the present uneasy truce I have achieved.

Given the way that Apple has gotten worse and worse about continuing to support older hardware—even that more than just a couple of years old—with their flaw-filled software updates, will I ever buy another Apple computer? Not a snowball’s chance!
 


Ric Ford

MacInTouch
A couple of years ago I spilled a drink on my mid-2012 MacBook Pro, and it immediately went “lights out.”
Just curious - what kind of liquid was it?
... but the keyboard gradually became balky, and the trackpad stopped working altogether. I replaced the trackpad and keyboard/upper case myself, but this failed to correct the problems...
Any chance the battery was swelling (causing those problems)?
Initially, both worked flawlessly, but somewhere along the way one of the macOS updates resulted in both devices failing to reconnect after computer sleep, requiring me to use a wired mouse to delete and reinstall the two devices.
This may or may not be related, but, for what it's worth, a new Contour Design wired USB mouse I bought fails to wake from some sleep mode, and I have to unplug it from USB and plug it back in again to make it work. This is with macOS 10.12.6 Sierra, and it only happens after a long time in sleep - i.e. it doesn't happen if I just put the computer to sleep. What macOS version are you running?
 


... so I purchased a Logitech Bluetooth keyboard and mouse, both of which I have been extremely satisfied with. Initially, both worked flawlessly, but somewhere along the way one of the macOS updates resulted in both devices failing to reconnect after computer sleep, requiring me to use a wired mouse to delete and reinstall the two devices...
After much aggravation, sharing one Apple wireless bluetooth keyboard between two Mac Minis, and not in the mood to buy a wired keyboard for the older (2012) Mini (basically a file server occasionally in need of more typing than I care to do via screen sharing), I went with this Mini USB Wireless Keyboard [Amazon].

It uses a small USB plug to wirelessly connect the keyboard to the Mac. It does take up one USB port, and the keyboard is plastic (don't sit on it!). Keys are fine for light typing. Hey, it's $16. You may be able to buy a cheap 2.4GHz mouse to go with it and not have to use two USB ports.

For your use, just the USB plug may be enough. Or, the plug with a wifi mouse. If you like Logitech, they make these, starting around $15.
 


Ric Ford

MacInTouch
After much aggravation, sharing one Apple wireless bluetooth keyboard between two Mac Minis...
It's really miserable to share a Bluetooth device between computers, unless it's specifically designed with a switch for that, like the Logitech M720 Triathlon mouse or the unfortunately discontinued Logitech K811 Mac Bluetooth keyboard, each of which can switch among three host computers.
 


Just curious - what kind of liquid was it?
Not that it particularly matters, but the liquid in question was a nearly-full glass of craft beer -- I was saddened for more than one reason when the unfortunate incident took place.
Any chance the battery was swelling (causing those problems)?
Swelling was not an issue. (Side note: I replaced the battery sometime in the last 12 months or so after it became less and less able to hold a charge for a reasonable amount of time.)
This may or may not be related, but, for what it's worth, a new Contour Design wired USB mouse I bought fails to wake from some sleep mode, and I have to unplug it from USB and plug it back in again to make it work. This is with macOS 10.12.6 Sierra, and it only happens after a long time in sleep - i.e. it doesn't happen if I just put the computer to sleep. What macOS version are you running?
I am presently running Mojave 10.14.6. (I will never allow Catalina to taint my beloved mid-2012 MacBook Pro's 1TB SSD and cripple its host of 32-bit apps.) The "forgetful OS" problem has been going on for quite some time now, i.e., years rather than months. I think that it began post-El Capitan but I have no idea as to what OS version I was running at the time it first occurred, nor whether it was a minor or major release update that precipitated the problem.
 


Ric Ford

MacInTouch
FYI:
Guru3D said:
Corsair Releases iCUE Software for MacOS systems
... CORSAIR iCUE software is now available for macOS, unlocking the full potential of Corsair mice, keyboards, headsets, and more for Mac users. Available as a free download, iCUE enables users to completely personalize their peripherals – increasing productivity, customizing aesthetics, improving gaming performance, and more.
 



For those not familiar with the Corsair RGB keyboards: they use Cherry mechanical switches, which come in several levels of sensitivity, from "extremely" for gamers, to "not so much" for typists (like me.) But most dramatically, each key has an LED which can be any color you choose. That means you can have a general color scheme for typing, and a completely different scheme for Final Cut Pro, or Photoshop (and another for your favorite game).

I was hoping they had automatic switching worked out on the Mac, but not yet apparently. However there is a button for switching between them. Further, these color "profiles" can be stored on memory in the keyboard.

So: rugged and completely customizable.

(Hint: it helps to understand when setting the key colors that they come in "layers" like Photoshop.) Remember: it's not "Mac-like" and comes from the same "engineering-mentality" that permeates the Windows crowd.
 



For those not familiar with the Corsair RGB keyboards: they use Cherry mechanical switches, which come in several levels of sensitivity, from "extremely" for gamers, to "not so much" for typists (like me.) But most dramatically, each key has an LED which can be any color you choose. That means you can have a general color scheme for typing, and a completely different scheme for Final Cut Pro, or Photoshop (and another for your favorite game). I was hoping they had automatic switching worked out on the Mac, but not yet apparently.
Well, [I was] wrong. Automatic switching does work; it just won't work with profiles stored in the keyboard itself.

Cool - now when I run FCPX, my keyboard colors change to match keystrokes for FCP. :-)
 


Well, [I was] wrong. Automatic switching does work; it just won't work with profiles stored in the keyboard itself. Cool - now when I run FCPX, my keyboard colors change to match keystrokes for FCP. :-)
I have the model K70 Corsair on a PC, and with the Corsair application, I can change hues with presets, etc. But it’s not always that way... one update of the Corsair app lost my presets. Still, some of the animated stuff is wild. (See Ric's post above for iCue for Mac – it wasn't available for OS X a few years ago.) My model requires a PC to do firmware updates, so...
 


Someone told me I can use my iPad or iPhone, rather than set up a Bluetooth mouse, to control the Mac Mini so I can play videos. I found several apps, some free, in the App Store that seem to do what I want. Does anyone have advice on which ones are good, or better?
 


I've been using Splashtop Desktop and Splashtop Remote to control my Mac Mini for many years. It's an improved VNC screen-sharing app. I'm not sure if there's too much delay for gaming, but it works great on my Mac Mini, which I use as a media server. There is no monthly charge from Splashtop to use it on "local network". You'll see the link on the app for local network at the bottom of the screen. You don't even need to provide or register your email address to use it on a local network. I don't.
 


I suspect my Contour Unimouse is dying after nearly 15 years of service. (I am sure Ric can relate to the anguish.) The cursor doesn’t move as quickly any more, regardless of System Preference settings. I never installed any Contour mouse driver software, and it has worked fine with just macOS. What are the chances of transplanting the shell onto another mouse, or replacing some of the innards? It is still "working well enough", so I hate to open it up.
 


Ric Ford

MacInTouch
I suspect my Contour Unimouse is dying after nearly 15 years of service. (I am sure Ric can relate to the anguish.) The cursor doesn’t move as quickly any more, regardless of System Preference settings. I never installed any Contour mouse driver software, and it has worked fine with just macOS. What are the chances of transplanting the shell onto another mouse, or replacing some of the innards? It is still "working well enough", so I hate to open it up.
I don't have any advice about fixing the old Contour Mouse (one of my great, long-term favorites, as well), but Contour Design still makes and sells highly ergonomic mice and alternatives (Roller Mouse). I bought a new mouse not too long ago, and it's nice (although it's had some issues waking deep sleep, which may be Apple bugs for all I know.)

People's hands and needs differ, but, as I've mentioned before, my personal favorite now is the Logitech M720 Triathlon [Amazon], which I like so much, I bought several of them as backups. You might want to give it a look.
 


I suspect my Contour Unimouse is dying after nearly 15 years of service. (I am sure Ric can relate to the anguish.) The cursor doesn’t move as quickly any more, regardless of System Preference settings. I never installed any Contour mouse driver software, and it has worked fine with just macOS. What are the chances of transplanting the shell onto another mouse, or replacing some of the innards? It is still "working well enough", so I hate to open it up.
Why not a replacement?
 



Why not a replacement?
Contour stopped making their Unimouse a few years ago. What they now call a Unimouse is a very different design. Long ago I tested a lot of different mice looking for one that was comfortable to use for hours at a time, and the old Unimouse was the only one that succeeded. I couldn't figure out why that particular shape works so well for me because it isn't very different from others I tried, but there is a huge difference in the way my hand feels. I hope to avoid repeating the painful - literally - process of trying many mice. When it reaches the point of having nothing to lose, I may try gluing portions of this upper case onto another mouse.
 



I don't have any advice about fixing the old Contour Mouse (one of my great, long-term favorites, as well), but Contour Design still makes and sells highly ergonomic mice and alternatives (Roller Mouse). I bought a new mouse not too long ago, and it's nice (although it's had some issues waking deep sleep, which may be Apple bugs for all I know.)
People's hands and needs differ, but, as I've mentioned before, my personal favorite now is the Logitech M720 Triathlon [Amazon], which I like so much, I bought several of them as backups. You might want to give it a look.
I've been using a Logitech LX-5 mouse for years. Thought I would try the M720 [Amazon]. Bought one, tried it, liked it, and bought a backup. It has the feel of quality. My wife is using the Microsoft Surface Precision Mouse [Amazon], also a very nice mouse.
 


Ric Ford

MacInTouch
I've been using a Logitech LX-5 mouse for years. Thought I would try the M720. Bought one, tried it, liked it, and bought a backup. It has the feel of quality. My wife is using the Microsoft Surface Precision Mouse, also a very nice mouse.
Thanks, just looked at the Microsoft Precision Mouse vs. the Logitech Triathlon M720 [Amazon]:

M720Precision Mouse
side scroll (scroll wheel tilt)yesno 1.
can operate via USB cablenoyes
can operate via USB wireless dongleyesno
powerAA batteryUSB/rechargeable battery
free-spin wheel optionyesno 2.
Bluetooth hosts33
button spring pressurelightmedium
Price$36$80

1. Using SteerMouse software, you can define a button (e.g. Button 6) as "Autoscroll", then hold that button while moving the mouse to scroll horizontally.

2. Doesn't spin freely, but you can choose smooth vs. detent scrolling by clicking a thin button behind the scroll wheel.
 


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