I’ve had a Magic Mouse for a while now and generally love it. However, with some applications, notably Word 2008, it seems difficult to control – as soon as I put my hand near the mouse the cursor leaps around on the screen and I lose my place in the document.
I’ve tried all the adjustments I can think of to little avail. So I’ve taken to having a normal mouse plugged in for when I use the problem apps. I can’t find anything on the Apple site that suggests this is a known problem – is it?
Many thanks (and also for your regular column in AMW).
Don Munro, via email
The sensitivity of the Magic Mouse can indeed be a problem for some users, Don. My advice would be to take a look at the free MagicPrefs (www.magicprefs.com), which allows you to exercise a great deal of granular control over the functions and sensitivity of the Magic Mouse.
There’s also BetterTouchTool (blog.boastr.net), an incredibly nifty free application that allows you to define a vast number of alternate gestures and take advantage of some really interesting ulterior functions of your Magic Mouse.