Chapter 31. Mouse Configuration
The installation program allows users to select the type of mouse
connected to the system. To configure a different mouse type for the
system, use the Mouse Configuration Tool.
To start the Mouse Configuration Tool,
type the command system-config-mouse at a shell
prompt (for example, in an XTerm or GNOME terminal). If the X Window
System is not running, the text-based version of the tool is started.
Figure 31-1. Select Mouse
Select the new mouse type for the system. If the specific mouse model is
not listed, select one of the Generic entries, based
on the mouse's number of buttons and its interface. If there is not an
exact match, select the generic match that is most compatible with the
system and the mouse.
The built-in pointing device such as a touch pad on a laptop computer is
usually PS/2 compatible.
All the mouse types are appended with
PS/2, serial, or
USB in parentheses. This specifies the mouse port.
A PS/2 mouse port looks similar to .
A serial mouse port looks similar to .
A USB mouse port looks similar to .
Select the Generic - Wheel Mouse entry, with the
proper mouse port, to enable the scroll button on the mouse.
The scroll button on a wheel mouse can be used as the middle mouse button
for cutting text, pasting text, and other middle mouse button
functions. If the mouse only has two buttons, select Emulate 3
buttons to use a two-button mouse as a three-button mouse. When
this option enabled, clicking the two mouse buttons simultaneously
emulates a middle mouse button click.
If a serial port mouse is selected, click the Serial
devices button to configure the correct serial device number,
such as /dev/ttyS0 for the mouse.
Click OK to save the new mouse type. The selection
is written to the file /etc/sysconfig/mouse, and the
console mouse service, gpm is restarted. The changes
are also written to the X Window System configuration file
/etc/X11/xorg.conf; however, the mouse type change
is not automatically applied to the current X session. To enable the new
mouse type, log out of the graphical desktop and log back in.
To reset the order of the mouse buttons for a left-handed user, go to
(the main menu on the
, and select Left-handed
mouse for the mouse orientation.