8 Replies Latest reply: Jul 30, 2011 7:27 AM by David Dennis
David Dennis Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)

This is a bit hard to explain, but it's driving me batty, so let's see if I can.

 

I have a 27" iMac from the previous generation, and the Magic Mouse it came with.

 

Sometimes when I'm scrolling through a web page in Safari, or about to select something else after I have finished with a web page, the middle column of the page (where most of the information is) is suddenly magnified to fill the entire window, and I can't get it to return to the original magnification.

 

It looks like it's the feature where you're supposed to be able to double-tap the mouse to zoom into a column, but when I try deliberately double tapping the mouse it selects a word.  So when I want to invoke this feature, I can't, but I can invoke it completely by accident, when I almost never actually want it.  Double tapping the mouse again does nothing at all.

 

Has anyone had a similar problem and know what makes it happen?  I'm very confused about this .

 

Thanks!

 

David


iMac, Mac OS X (10.7), 27" iMac, SSD+HD, Lion
  • 1. Re: Bizarre Magic Mouse behavior in Lion
    jeremy6462 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I would try possibly three things:

     

    1. Quiting Safri and restarsting it. Then see if the problem persists.

     

    2. Going into system Prefrences and turning off the double tap smart zoom feature and the then turning it back on. Then see if the problem persists. 

     

    3. Restarting your mac.

     

    Hope these work!

  • 2. Re: Bizarre Magic Mouse behavior in Lion
    Peter Stubbs Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)

    Go into system Preferences and turn off the double tap smart zoom and leave it off as it is seems very sensitive and can easily happen. If you need to zoom just use the keyboard shortcuts cmd and + sign or cmd and - sign

  • 3. Re: Bizarre Magic Mouse behavior in Lion
    David Dennis Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)

    I'm somewhat disappointed by this because I like the feature in principle, but when I try to use it it won't do anything.  Very frustrating and strange.

     

    Maybe I need to give the Magic Trackpad a try.  It seems like Apple is really pushing stufff that only really works on trackpads nowadays, but at the time I got my iMac a bit over six months ago, the Magic Mouse gesture support seemed to work just as well.  With the new gestures I think the trackpad might really be the way to go.

     

    D

  • 4. Re: Bizarre Magic Mouse behavior in Lion
    Peter Stubbs Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)

    Take a look at this little app which allows you to assign for more to a mouse or trackpad than Apple has allowed and it is free. If you are doing graphic or precision work like me then a trackpad is a no no.

     

    http://magicprefs.com/

  • 5. Re: Bizarre Magic Mouse behavior in Lion
    aRKay Level 2 Level 2 (205 points)

    Somthing you may want to try when this happens again (and it will happen) is to go to the Safari/View and click on the Actual Size option.

     

    If that does not work, hover (do not click) your mouse in the upper right hand corner of the screen and small blue box with two pointers will appear.  Then mouse and click on the blue box. This will shrink the screen and you may then be able to use the Cmd-0 or View/Actual size

  • 6. Re: Bizarre Magic Mouse behavior in Lion
    David Dennis Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)

    Thanks for that "View Actual Size" suggestion - that worked like a charm and I had no idea that was in there!

     

     

     

    David

  • 7. Re: Bizarre Magic Mouse behavior in Lion
    aRKay Level 2 Level 2 (205 points)

    David,

     

    Glad the View Actual Size tip helped.  I was very frustrated with the new Safari until I just stumbled on the the option under  the View menu. I am now a Command Zero junkie. HiHi

     

    Don't forget about the blue thingy in the upper right when you are in full view.

  • 8. Re: Bizarre Magic Mouse behavior in Lion
    David Dennis Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)

    Just as a quick follow-up, do you have any idea what gesture we are actually making when we do this by accident?

     

    Sometimes I would actually like to do it deliberately, so I can see the page more easily, and I can never get it to happen when I do want it ...

     

    Thanks!

     

    David