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How To: Simulate Middle Click On A Trackpad

trackpad.jpgLaptops rarely, if ever, provide the trackpad equivalent of a middle mouse button, most models offer only two buttons, though some provide a way to simulate the middle button with software. For most people this may not be a problem, but if you’ve always wanted a middle mouse button on your laptop, we’ve found a solution for you.

Ryan Wagner over at CyberNetNews was missing the middle mouse button on his laptop so he created a quick little AutoHotKey script, which is actually just two lines of code:

  • ~LButton & RButton::MouseClick, Middle
  • ~RButton & LButton::MouseClick, Middle

The commenters on the original post have some other suggestions for achieving the middle button on your trackpad, including one person who suggests using a trackpad tap for the left button, the left button for a right click and the right button for a middle click.

Mac users are left out of the fun on this one, but it got me thinking, if two fingers on the trackpad + button click = right click, wouldn’t it make sense to have three fingers on trackpad + button click = middle click?

Anyone know a way to achieve middle button nirvana on a Mac? Post your solutions in the comments below.