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brizboy 04-25-2010 12:35 PM

Ubuntu - Optical mouse assign backspace to wheel button
Hi Everyone,

I am trying to use my Microsoft Optical Wheel Mouse (it has left button, right button and the wheel button) in Ubuntu 9.04.

I would like to use the wheel button to perform the same task as backspace key in firefox browser and file browser. I have hunted around the net for the past two weeks and found many articles on imwheel and editing x11config files but they all are for 5 of 7 button mice. I have installed and used imwheel -c which tells me that it is "wheel: Left Button 6". However as a total beginner with Linux I am not sure what to do from here. I am hoping that someone would be kind enough to give me a reasonably detailed explanation of what I need to do. If someone could spend some time to list what files I need to edit and what I need to insert into them for this mouse I would be grateful.

I don't want to start messing with these files by myself and destroy my installation so any help would be appreciated.

Thank you

Mr-Bisquit 04-25-2010 07:30 PM

You should have a configuration gui to assign the function in your desktop/system settings menu.

brizboy 04-26-2010 12:42 AM

Thanks for your reply. I have previously gone to System Settings>Computer Administration Settings>Keyboard & Mouse. In there I have four tabs General, Cursor Theme, Advanced, Mouse Navigation. The only settings I can see that relate to mouse buttons is to change from left to right hand and nothing there about assigning my wheel button action.

Am I in the right place or do i need to install something for more options to appear.

I tried Opensuse about a year ago and had the same problem and after about 2 weeks gave up. It is a feature that I am used to and would like to have it in Ubuntu so that it can become my preferred OS.

Once again thanks for your replies so far and those in the future.


Mr-Bisquit 04-26-2010 12:50 AM

The only other thing I can say is to see if you can add the shortcut in kde through the control panel. I'm sorry that I wasn't of more help to you.

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