You will need some sort of pointing device to use SooSL, such as a mouse, drawing pad, trackball, or touchscreen.
Some of these devices have limitations.
- Touchscreens cannot show tooltips by hovering over an item. They work okay on SooSL Web, which has other ways to show descriptions of some icons. For SooSL Desktop, we strongly recommend using something other than a touchscreen as your primary pointing device.
- Some mice on Mac computers have only one button, but SooSL Desktop uses right-clicking with a second button. If you have a one-button Mac mouse, see this help topic.
We recommend a three-button mouse which has a scroll wheel as the middle button (for easy scrolling in the gloss list).
Right-clicking with a one-button mouse (D)
Some Mac mice, such as the Mighty Mouse, have only one button. This makes things difficult in SooSL Desktop. SooSL Desktop uses right-clicking (with a second button) for some functions. Mac users have the following choices:
- You can hold the Command button down on your keyboard while you click with the mouse. This has the same effect as a right-click.
- You can tap with two fingers on a touchpad. This is the same as a right-click.
- The Mighty Mouse actually has two key switches under its one button. Go to System Preferences > Keyboard and Mouse, and choose Right-Click (or Secondary Button) as the action for your mouse's "other" button. Then, pressing anywhere on the mouse's top-right surface will give you a right-click.
- Buy a cheap 2- or 3-button USB mouse. It may say that it is only for Windows, but it should also work on a Mac. If the mouse comes with a larger USB-A plug, and your computer has USB-C jacks, you can also buy an adapter (USB-A female to USB-C male, to connect the USB-A male plug on the mouse to the USB-C female jack on the computer).
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