Using Third Party Keyboards and Mice With Your Mac. Мышка для mac os

How to Setup a Gaming Mouse for Mac OS

by Jon Quach | February 2, 2011

Did you recently upgrade from your 4+ year old Microsoft “Miscellaneous” or Logitech “Whatever” mouse for something advertised as the “weapon of choice” for gamers? I did. If you have, than you and I might have experienced the same thing. The very second you’ve plugged your optical or laser weapon (laser sounds cooler) into your Mac OS powered machine, you might have noticed something almost immediately – something isn’t right.

With the new mouse, very single movement is a pain, it takes at least 5 clicks to open Safari, and you’ve already restarted about 10 times. Is it the mouse? No, it’s Mac OS.

After feeling extremely frustrated that my newly purchased mouse (it was a Logitech G500 by the way) was reluctant to work with my Mac, I turned to Google for some answers (using the trackpad of course).

Mac OS’s Mouse Acceleration Issue

A few Google searches will tell you that Mac OS has an issue with mouse acceleration with high DPI mice, AKA “gaming mice”. To add insult to injury, some of the companies who manufacture these mice are, to put it politely, rather lacking in terms of support drivers for Mac OS.

How to Fix the Mouse Acceleration Issue for Mac OS

Unfortunately, the above default mouse settings won’t help your top-of-the-line 1800 dpi weapon too much. Until Apple gets their team on this ridiculous issue, the current most popular solution is to use 3rd party software: SteerMouse or USB Overdrive.

Both of these are shareware ($20.00 USD for a license) that work to customize and tweak mouse button preferences, wheels settings, and most importantly, mouse acceleration.

SteerMouse Settings

Download SteerMouseOpen “SteerMouse” via “System Settings” or “Spotlight”.1. Click on “Cursor”.2. Turn the “Tracking Speed” dial all the way down to 0.0.3. Increase sensitivity – I’d start with 100.

At this point, I’d test the mouse movement. If it feels a little stiff, increase the sensitivity a bit more, but keep the “Tracking Speed” (aka. acceleration) down. Depending on what mouse you have and what drivers you have installed, you can increase the “Tracking Speed” a little bit.

USB Overdrive Settings

Download USB OverdriveOpen “USB Overdrive” via “System Settings” or “Spotlight”.1. Click on “Settings” (it should be automatically selected).2. Turn the “Acceleration” dial all the way down.3. Increase “Speed” – I’d start off with it maximized.

Similar to the process with SteerMouse, test your mouse movement and adjust the “Speed” and possibly the “Acceleration” if necessary.

Personally, I use SteerMouse because it I feel like it works better – the magic word is “feel”, as everyone has different preferences in terms of sensitivity. I’d highly recommend installing both and try them out with your mouse – one at a time of course.

Using SteerMouse or USB Overdrive with Gaming Mice

Almost all of the modern gaming mice have the ability to change sensitivity “on-the-fly”, which, without a doubt, is essential for getting headshots and so forth. Personally, I’d recommend centralizing or neutralizing the mouse’s “on-the-fly” sensitivity level before tweaking the settings on SteerMouse or USB Overdrive. That way, you’ll be able to have the most effective range for increasing or decreasing sensitivity.

Above, you can see the sensitivity levels being neutralized on the Razer DeathAdder mouse.

If you’re fortunate enough to have purchased a mouse with Mac friendly drivers, then you get even more versatility for sensitivity tweaking. I’ve tried using the mouse’s drivers only without the aid of SteerMouse or USB Overdrive, but it simply isn’t the same. Movement isn’t natural, and I find myself thinking more on how to move my mouse vs. where to move my mouse.

Is SteerMouse or USB Overdrive Worth it?

SteerMouse has a limited trail period (I believe for about 1 month), and USB Overdrive has that incredibly annoying 10 second count-down window any time you open the application (as seen above). Even though both applications are noticeably different feature-wise, they both have a price tag of $20.00 USD.

Whether or not these applications is worth it is debatable as everyone has different needs and preferences. Personally, after one week of using SteerMouse, I purchased a license via PayPal. I need ultra smooth and sharp precision because I use my mouse primarily to do graphics and illustration, I also game from time to time, so it definitely helps out in that perspective. The default mouse settings just didn’t cut it for me, and I found the Razer drivers (albeit handy) were lacking.

Hopefully you found this article somewhat helpful in your quest for perfect pin-point mouse precision. It still saddens me that Apple doesn’t have proper native support for high DPI mice, and the lack of Mac OS support from the companies themselves makes matters even worse. Fortunately, there are 3rd party software that will help take care of things, but they come with an annoying and arguably unnecessary price tag. At the end of the day, gamers, especially serious ones, need the best stuff and the best stuff rarely comes cheap.

Using Third Party Keyboards and Mice With Your Mac

Apple makes some of the best input devices on the market, from the aluminum keyboard to the Magic Trackpad—but they aren’t for everyone. I’m going to show you a few ways to configure and use alternative input devices on your Mac.

Why Would I Want To Use an Alternative Keyboard and Mouse?

Good question! The Apple keyboards, mice and trackpads are very, very good and well-built. However, you may find them uncomfortable to use. There is no such thing as a keyboard or mouse that everyone can use comfortably. As Apple only makes one type of keyboard, two types of mouse and a trackpad, not everyone will be able to use them.

Apple’s keyboards are generally known for their comfort and reliability, but not everyone will find them appealing

Greater Choice

Your Mac is capable of using almost any USB or Bluetooth input device. If it’s a keyboard or mouse, your Mac can start using it straight away - just connect it. This means that pretty much any keyboard or mouse on the market can be used. Prefer using a gaming keyboard or mouse? Have a really old mouse you just find more comfortable to use? Feel free!

There are literally thousands of keyboards that will work with your Mac!


Some keyboards and mice offer more features than Apple’s. Whether this is additional keys such as a numeric keypad (Apple’s wireless keyboard does not include one) or a mouse with additional buttons, sometimes it’s beneficial to look around.

Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)

RSI is caused by - you guessed it - repetitive movements. You may experience symptoms such as shooting pains in your hands and arms. Ideally, your keyboard and mouse purchase should be based on this consideration.

There is no such thing as a keyboard or mouse that everyone can use comfortably.

Using an uncomfortable keyboard and/or mouse can lead to RSI

There are various causes of RSI, including posture when at your desk as well as the position you are in when typing. A way to ensure you’re always in a comfortable position when typing is to ensure your wrist height is at or below your elbow height - and never have your wrists bent towards you. Other methods including changing your keyboard to an ergonomic one, such as many of the ones Microsoft manufactures.

An ergonomic keyboard will help prevent RSI

Many people develop RSI in the hand they move the mouse with. The same advice for wrist position applies to mice as to keyboards.

Tip: For more information on RSI, visit RSI Prevention


As much as Bluetooth has progressed, it’s still not absolutely 100% reliable for input devices. For the most part, it’s pretty awesome! No dongles, no cables - just pair and go. However, Bluetooth is prone to interference from other devices as well as wireless networks (they operate on the same frequencies). Additionally, when battery levels start to go, you get all sorts of problems disconnecting.

Some manufacturers such as Logitech provide their own USB dongles for their wireless input devices.

Logitech’s Unify system lets you connect a number of devices to the same single USB dongle

Using Alternative Input Devices

I’m going to let you in on a secret, I don’t use an Apple keyboard or mouse. I actually quite dislike the Magic Mouse and have found it a terrible mouse for me to use. My keyboard and mouse (actually it’s a trackball) are Logitech, specifically the K750 Solar Keyboard and the M570 trackball. I used to get pain in my mouse hand fairly frequently but since switching to the trackball as my primary mouse, I never do.

So why did I go for these two devices? Simple: they are comfortable for me to use and also have more features. With any input device you want to use that isn’t Apple branded, there may be some setup required to have them work fully.

The Logitech K750 keyboard is solar-powered but also includes a Mac keyboard layout

System Preferences

For: Windows PC keyboards, any mouse

Most of the best keyboards around are unfortunately PC-based. However, there’s absolutely no difference between a PC keyboard and a Mac keyboard other than the key labels and some slight positioning. Before I purchased my Logitech keyboard, I was using a Microsoft Ergonomic keyboard.

OS X includes support to configure these types of keyboards and is able to determine which keyboard type you’re using as soon as you plug it in.

Step 1: Plug in the PC keyboard and OS X will automatically detect the layoutStep 2: To confirm the layout, OS X will ask you to press certain keysStep 3: So that all the characters can be correctly identified, OS X will ask you the layout type

Once OS X has configured the keyboard, it’s ready to go. What you’ll find is that you might want to remap those Alt and Windows keys. On a PC, the Alt key is located on the right-side of the left Windows key. On a Mac, the Alt key is located on the left side of the Command key. These special keys are called Modifier keys and their behavior can be altered in System Preferences under Keyboard.

Step 1: Go to Keyboard in System PreferencesStep 2: Select Modifier Keys to change the actions

Apple’s keyboard layouts are all variants of the standard US layout. If, like me, you live in the UK, then you’ll find PC keyboards here use the standard ISO layout for British English. While it doesn’t really matter why, what does matter is that some keys are located in different places.

You’ve probably seen this when you’ve been using a PC and tried to send an email. In the UK, the @ symbol is located above the right shift key. On a Mac, just like the ISO standard for the US, it’s on the number 2 key. If you decide to use a PC keyboard and are not located in the US, be prepared to make a few errors when typing!

Tip: One way to avoid this is to try and locate a US English keyboard layout instead of a British English one. You won’t see the £ symbol but just substitute # for it instead.

Customizing your mouse is a lot simpler as you can just go to Mouse in System Preferences and select what you’d like the left and right button to do. For mice with additional buttons and features, you will probably need to check out 3rd party software from either the manufacturer or take a look at USB Overdrive, which is found a little later in this article.

Logitech Control Center

For: Logitech Mac Input DevicesCost: Free for Logitech Device Users

Logitech include a download link with their devices to download software if you are using wireless devices such as a wireless keyboard or mouse.

Logitech’s Control Center lets you manage any connected Logitech devices

Logitech uses a wireless system called Unify. As their devices aren’t Bluetooth and come with a USB dongle, you don’t need to use a dongle for each device. Instead, the Unify Receiver will allow pairing with up to 6 devices at once. As I have a Logitech keyboard and trackball, I only use one Unify Receiver.

Logitech’s Unify dongle lets you connect up to 6 devices at once using the same small profile USB dongle

There’s also the ability to customize additional buttons if your device includes them. So on my trackball, I have the middle button show my Desktop, and the up/down buttons go forward and back in the Finder and Safari.

Custom configuration of addition media keys and buttons can be done directly inside the software

USB Overdrive

For: Most 3rd Party Input DevicesCost: $20

USB Overdrive is a fantastic 3rd party app that can detect almost any USB input device. It also supports Bluetooth pointing devices. From USB Overdrive’s website:

The USB Overdrive is a device driver for Mac OS X that handles any USB mouse / trackball / joystick / gamepad / media keyboard and any Bluetooth mouse from any manufacturer and lets you configure them either globally or on a per-application, per-device basis.

USB Overdrive has allowed OS X users to customize their pointing devices for years

It’s been around since the days of OS9 and has allowed users to really fine-tune their input device. If you wish to use the additional media keys that your 3rd-party keyboard might have, USB Overdrive can do that for you. For any 3rd-party pointing device, you can customize it’s speed, acceleration and buttons.

To customize each button, simply click the button you want to customize while in USB Overdrive. It will then know and highlight that button for you to modify. You can even assign keyboard shortcuts or open applications with the click of a button.

Wrapping Up

Using something other than Apple’s own input devices is not only possible, but simple! OS X includes support for most devices, in addition to the software available for managing input devices. If you’ve got any suggestions for alternative input devices to the Apple branded ones or have experience using other software, let us know in the comments.

For more ways to extend your Mac's capabilities, have a look at some of the Mac apps available on Envato Market.

Best gestures to use on a Mac's mouse and trackpad

While Microsoft has decided to implement a touch-based interface in Windows 8.1 (much to the ire of many Windows users), Apple has avoided this potential disaster and instead developed excellent solutions for OS X on its Trackpad and Magic Mouse. If you don't know about the various gestures of which these devices are capable then you're missing out on some of the quickest ways to navigate around OS X. Here we'll show you our favourites and answer the perennial question of how you right click on a Mac.

Read: How to right-click on a Mac

See also: How to control your Mac with mid-air hand gestures

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Control your Mac with gestures: Enabling gestures for the Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad

 If you own a MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, or even use a Magic Trackpad or Magic Mouse with your iMac or Mac Mini, then there are a wealth of excellent multi-finger gesture commands available to you. To find them you'll first need to go to System Settings>[Trackpad or Mouse] then peruse the list. Each command is also accompanied with a video demonstration that shows the gesture and what it does on your Mac. To the left of each command you'll see a tick box, which you'll need to click if you want the gesture to be enabled. Within the settings are various tabs - Point & Click, and More Gestures for the Mouse, with an additional Scroll & Zoom section for the Trackpad. Each of the commands listed below will be found in one of these.

Read: 10 tweaks for Mac OS X you didn't know are possible

Control your Mac with gestures: Scrolling on a Trackpad

Two finger scrolling is a very useful gesture, and one you will use probably more than any other. These days its a default on any new Mac (or indeed Windows machine) and all it involves is using two fingers rather than one whenever you want the contents of a screen to move up or down. So when you point at something on a page you move one finger around the trackpad, but if you want to then scroll the document or webpage add a second finger and move them both in the direction you want the display to go. This saves you having to find the scroll bar on the right side of a window, or using the age old CTRL+[Arrow key] to make the contents leap up a page.

Read next: Magic Trackpad 2 review | Mac accessory reviews

Control your Mac with gestures: Disabling natural scrolling on Trackpad and Mouse

A few years ago Apple started using something it calls natural scrolling. This seeks to emulate the physical act of you moving content - i.e. if you push your fingers up on the trackpad the content on the screen will move up. Some people seem to like this, but as it's essentially reversing the way most of use have used trackpads for a good number of years, it's not always appropriate. To disable the feature go to the Scroll & Zoom tab and ensure the Scroll direction: natural option isn't ticked. The same rules apply for the Mouse too.

Control your Mac with gestures: Right clicking on a Mac mouse

As Trackpads and Magic Mouse devices don't have separate left and right buttons it can be a little confusing at first to know how to bring up the right-click menu. Within the Point & Click tab you'll see the Secondary click command, this is the one that you'll need to define how the right click function works. When you enable the command look to see the description written below 'Secondary click', this is actually a drop down menu. Click on this and you'll have the option to either tap two fingers anywhere on your trackpad to right-click, or allocate the bottom left or right hand corner of the trackpad to open the menu when you click it. For the Magic Mouse you have settings that mean you either click the top right side of the mouse or the left, depending on what you prefer. Don't forget that you can also hold down the CTRL button as you tap or click to give you similar results.

Control your Mac with gestures: Look up definitions on a trackpad

Another really useful gesture is 'Look up'. This simple idea allows you to instantly search for dictionary definitions and wikipedia entries on any text when you tap on it with three fingers. The best part is that you won't be taken to another app or browser, but instead a small pop-up window appears next to the word or phrase in which you were interested. To enable this excellent feature go to Point & Click and tick the Look up box.

Control your Mac with gestures: Navigate websites by swiping

One way to speed up interacting with websites is to use the Swipe between pages gesture. When enabled (you'll find it at the top the list in the More gestures tab) you can move back to a previous page on a website simply by swiping two fingers to the left on a trackpad, or swiping one finger to the right on a Magic Mouse. To go forward again just reverse the process. This also works in other apps that have back/forward buttons, such as the App Store.

Control your Mac with gestures: Zooming on a trackpad or mouse

If you use iPhoto then the Zoom gesture is one you'll want to learn. Just as you would on an iPad or iPhone, zooming on a trackpad involves putting pulling your thumb and one finger together in a pinching motion to make things smaller, or pushing them apart to make things larger. It also works in Safari for looking in more detail at webpages. Double-tapping on the trackpad with two fingers will also zoom within some apps, and repeating the tap will zoom out again. This double tap feature also works on the Magic Mouse, just remember not to click the top, just tap the middle of the device instead.

Control your Mac with gestures: Rotate images on a trackpad

By twisting a finger and thumb around each other you can rotate items in apps like Preview and iPhoto, although only 90 degrees each time. To rotate 180 degrees you’d have to rotate once, then repeat the gesture to rotate a second time.


Control your Mac with gestures: Mission Control and Exposé

Two of the most useful ways of navigating around OS X is by using the gestures for Mission Control and Expose. Swiping up with three fingers activates Mission Control, which displays all the apps currently running on your Mac, and allows you to quickly swap between them.  Swiping down again cancels the command. This gesture also works on the Mouse by double tapping two fingers on the body of the device.

By ticking the box under the More Gestures tab in Trackpad’s System Preferences, you can swipe down with three fingers to activate App Exposé. This will show just the open windows related to the app you're working on, which can be very useful if you've lost a pop up window somewhere behind your web browser. 

Control your Mac with gestures: Quickly view the desktop on a trackpad

If you want to quickly clear all your open windows away and get back to the desktop, then you need to use the Launchpad gesture. To execute this place a thumb and three fingers apart together on the trackpad and then spread them apart. Everything on the screen will now disappear off to the sides and you'll see the desktop. Reversing the gesture brings them all back, and if you bring them together again you'll enter the Launchpad section with shows you all of your installed apps. 

Control your Mac with gestures: Open the notification centre on a trackpad

If you want to respond to social network messages, check your schedule, or use any other notification widget you may have installed, simply swipe two fingers in from just outside the right hand edge of the trackpad to open the Notification centre. 

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Use Multi-Touch gestures on your Mac

With a Multi-Touch trackpad or Magic Mouse, you can tap, swipe, pinch, or spread one or more fingers to perform useful actions.

Trackpad gestures

For more information about these gestures, choose Apple menu () > System Preferences, then click Trackpad. You can turn a gesture off, change the type of gesture, and learn which gestures work with your Mac.

Trackpad gestures require a Magic Trackpad or built-in Multi-Touch trackpad. If your trackpad supports Force Touch, you can also Force click and get haptic feedback.

Tap to clickTap with one finger to click.     

Secondary click (right-click)Click or tap with two fingers.    

Smart zoomDouble-tap with two fingers to zoom in and back out of a webpage or PDF.     

ScrollSlide two fingers up or down to scroll.1        

RotateMove two fingers around each other to rotate a photo or other item.    

Swipe between pagesSwipe left or right with two fingers to show the previous or next page.    

Open Notification CenterSwipe left from the right edge with two fingers to show Notification Center.    

Look up and data detectorsTap with three fingers to look up a word or take actions with dates, addresses, phone numbers, and other data.

Show desktopSpread your thumb and three fingers apart to show your desktop.


LaunchpadPinch your thumb and three fingers together to display Launchpad.    


App ExposéSwipe down with four fingers3 to see all windows of the app you're using.    

Swipe between full-screen appsSwipe left or right with four fingers3 to move between desktops and full-screen apps.


Mouse gestures

For more information about these gestures, choose Apple menu () > System Preferences, then click Mouse. There you can turn a gesture off, change the type of gesture, and learn which gestures work with your Mac. Mouse gestures require a Magic Mouse.

Secondary click (right-click)Click the right side of the mouse.    

ScrollSlide one finger up or down to scroll.1    

Smart zoomDouble-tap with one finger to zoom in and back out of a webpage or PDF.    

Mission ControlDouble-tap with two fingers to open Mission Control.     

Swipe between full-screen appsSwipe left or right with two fingers to move between desktops and full-screen apps.    

Swipe between pagesSwipe left or right with one finger to show the previous or next page.

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