The One-Buttoned Mouse

By Deane Barker on February 13, 2005

Why Apple Makes a One Buttoned Mouse: An argument for why Apple doesn’t make a multi-button mouse. I still don’t buy it, I guess. Apple’s mice drive me nuts.

To this end, many developers get lazy, and implement something that can only be accomplished through a right mouse click. By shipping their computers with a single mouse button, developers are forced to recognize that cutting corners this way isn’t acceptable. Though developers are free to build things through right mouse clicks, they can’t rely on the capability, and are forced to include another means of accessing it.

Another whiny complaint: I had to turn on an eMac this morning. Why, oh why, is the power button all the way toward the back of the case? What sense does this make? It took me five full minutes to find it.

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Comments

  1. “Why, oh why, is the power button all the way toward the back of the case? What sense does this make?”

    An encouragement for users to leave their machine on all the time? I don’t see the logic of turning a computer off when putting it into sleep mode is probably better for it in the long run.

  2. When apple introduced the context sensitive menu they lost all points with me on the two button mouse front. It was supposed to be for simplicity originaly as stated in the entry above. But dear god, they admitted that context sensitive menus were a good thing but a key press + mouse click just sucks! I agree that the buttons should have clearly defined meaning, but I’d buy an apple laptop if it had two buttons.

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