[Etoys] 2 button mouse confusion

Andreas Raab andreas.raab at gmx.de
Tue Feb 3 22:54:03 EST 2009

Hi Simon -

Try the following: Launch the eToys image, press F2 or go to the system 
menu and to the "VM preferences" submenu. In there, go to the "Mouse 
Mapping" section and select "3 button mouse" (yes, that is 
counter-intuitive ;-) This should fix your problem in such that you now 
get to use Alt-Click for halos and right button for context menus.

[Background info: The Windows VM has from its inception remapped mouse 
input to have the context menu on the "right" mouse button (in both 
meanings of the word ;-) When people on Mac and Unix finally realized 
that the right mouse button is the right button for context menus, the 
preference got added in the image which -when turned on as in etoys- 
"re-confuses" the Windows VM. Checking the 3-button mouse preference 
turns of that mapping in the VM].

Note that the preference is "sticky" which means the VM will continue to 
act that way for the future - this can be a bit confusing if you mix 
this with images which don't have swapMouseButtons enabled but is 
otherwise a one-time fix for your problems.

   - Andreas

PS. I can probably be convinced to change the default VM behavior.

Simon Guest wrote:
> Hi,
> Have just switched over to a recent EToys image (about this system
> says EToys 3.1 latest update 2177).  I have a 2 button mouse (well, a
> touchpad with 2 buttons underneath), and I want to access both halos
> and context menus.
> Something has changed in this area since the last images I was using. 
> By default, right button now gives me a halo.  So does
> Alt-left-button.  I don't know how to get a context menu up now.
> If I swap buttons 2 and 3 in the preferences, (and this is the new and
> confusing bit), while right button now gives me a context menu, so
> does alt-left-button.  This alt-left-button menu used to always give
> halos, I think.
> So, how can I get a context menu up with the default mappings?
> cheers,
> Simon
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