Take Control of VMware Fusion 2 Series: Remap Mouse Buttons

Cover_vmware_fusion_2 In this week's installment of our Take Control of VMware Fusion 2 blog series,
we are going to talk about remapping your mouse buttons. If you are new to the series, the ebook Take Control of VMware Fusion 2 by Joe Kissell, teaches you all the fundamentals of VMware Fusion 2, as well as tips and tricks to get the most out of running Windows on your Mac.

Here is this week's excerpt from Joe Kissell's new book Take Control of VMware Fusion 2:

Remap Mouse Buttons

Some Mac mice have a single button, but Windows requires at least two, and sometimes three, buttons. If you have a multi-button mouse—or trackball—attached to your Mac, it will most likely work correctly in a Windows virtual machine without any further configuration. However, if your mouse has fewer buttons than you need, Fusion can step in to provide alternative ways of clicking.

By default, Fusion lets you emulate a right-click (also known as a secondary button) by holding down the Control key while clicking. (On a Mac laptop, you have other options as well; see the section “Right-Clicking” for details.) To get a “button 3” response, hold down the Command key while clicking.

If you want to change either of these settings, do this:

1.    Choose VMware Fusion > Preferences, click the Keyboard & Mouse button in the toolbar, and then click Mouse Shortcuts.
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2.    Double-click the setting you want to change—for example, to change which shortcut you use to simulate the secondary button, double-click Secondary Button.
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3.    In the dialog that appears, select the modifier key(s) and mouse button you want to use. Then click OK.

To learn more about the book Take Control of VMware Fusion 2, or buy it, click here.


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