MacBook Pro, Terminal Window and Mousing Around

I am in the process of making the switch to a MacBook Pro (specifically, the new MBP with Retina Display). After some 17 years on Wintel machines, I was not sure what kind of switching costs I might encounter. So far, however, the transition has been pretty smooth, helped in part by the presence of VMWare so that I can run Windows 7 if and when needed.

This encore has been a long time in coming. After several years on an Apple IIc, I bought my first Mac — a used Macintosh SE with dual 800k drives — in the Summer of 1988. Shortly thereafter I bought my first harddrive — a Jasmine Direct Drive 40 (a 40mb external drive). The drive cost something like $799, as I recall. The last time I used a Mac was circa 1995 — a Mac PowerBook Duo 230.

Meanwhile, circa 2012, so far I’ve been using nothing but the trackpad, mostly because each time I tried plugging in a mouse, the scaling speed was too slow. Today I decided to figure out how to fix it.

Step 1: Open a Terminal window. This can be done by navigating to your Applications folder, opening Utilities, and double clicking on Terminal.

Step 2: In Terminal, type the following:

defaults write -g com.apple.mouse.scaling 5.0

The 5.0 designates the scaling speed and can be changed to suit your preferences.

Alternatively, you can adjust these settings under the Apple menu > System Preferences > Hardare, Mouse settings. Happy mousing…