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Just started to use a Mac for my new job and not being able to use the middle button to open links in a new tab is killing me. I know I can press control and do a regular click but it's not the same. I know the Mac knows I'm trying to do something because it beeps at me when I press the middle button on my mouse. Is there any hope?

Note I tried the trick about setting expose dashboard to - but it didn't work.

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I would love to have this for my MacBook Pro. I use 2 finger tap/click for right clicks and it would be great if control click emulated a middle click! – Robert S Ciaccio Oct 1 '10 at 17:05

Try holding the Command button instead. A Command click is a middle click. Control clicks give you a right click.

What kind of Mac? If you're using a Magic Mouse you can use a program like MagicPrefs to turn a three finger click into a Command click. If you're using the Magic Trackpad or the built-in trackpad on a MacBook/MacBook Pro there is a program called MiddleClick I've used that adds a three finger tap/click ability to map to the Command click.

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This is where my "answer" was meant to go :) : I love you Chealion... MiddleClick does the trick for me. I can now close tabs and open links in new tabs with trackpad taps!!! – Robert S Ciaccio Oct 2 '10 at 1:54
@calavera: Ha! Just glad to help. MiddleClick made life browsing much easier. – Chealion Oct 2 '10 at 23:06

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