I just bought a Magic Mouse, but I find its sensitivity is not great (we obviously cannot play a shooting game with that). So I want to buy a gaming mouse.

But one thing I am worried about is how to do Swipe between full-screen apps in a gaming mouse.

Does anyone have an idea?


First thing to know about this "swipe between full-screen apps" is that in terms of functionality, this is exactly the same as changing the Space (A little more on misson control and spaces here). Fullscreen space is just a type of space occupying one window.

Some mouse software may have a built in "action" that might be called "Move left a space" or "Move right a space", but t here is a good change they don't. However pretty much any mouse software can set keys to trigger shortcuts and luckily there exist shortcuts to do this:

  • You can move left one space with the shortcut Ctrl + Arrow Left.
  • You can move right one space with the shortcut Ctrl + Arrow Right.

At the bottom of this answer I wrote where these can be changed or enabled if necessary.

How you can trigger these will depend on the mouse and its software. Many mouse have mac software even if they are not advertised as mac mice. So if the mouse software can set shortcuts, then you're all set. There's nothing I can say about how that works exactly without knowing which software your mouse would use, but typically those are fairly simple: Pick a button and remap it to a different key or a shortcut.

If for some weird reason your gaming mouse doesn't come with a software capable of adding a shortcut to a key, then there are still applications that can do it.

Here's a couple possible apps:

It's not necessary, but I'm pretty sure both of these have their own built in "Move right and left a space" actions you can remap to keys.

Additionally there is the "Mission control" shortcut, which is by default in the F3 key in your keyboard. That you can use to pick a specific space from the top of the screen using your mouse. Just figured that would be good to know.

You can change these shortcuts in:

  1. System Preferences
    1. Keyboard
      1. Shortcuts (top)
        1. Mission Control (left panel)
          1. Move left a space / Move Right a space (right panel)

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I too use a steelseries mouse while gaming as the Magic Mouse sometimes cannot perform actions inside the game (e.g.: clicking middle mouse button). Yes you can swipe between apps while using an ordinary mouse as well by pressing Ctrl+Arrow Key (Left or Right). This shortcut also helps you to switch workspaces.

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