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Using a Mouse with the iPad Pro

It may seem counterintuitive on a touch screen tablet, but there are times when a mouse with the iPad makes sense. If you plan to use the iPad as a computer replacement, especially for spreadsheets, a mouse makes things infinitely easier. Even Apple has come to this realization adding official mouse support in iOS 13.4 and launching the Magic Keyboard for iPad with a built-in touchpad.

My personal need for a mouse was driven by video calls, where I needed a way to quickly click between people on the call without reaching across and blocking the camera. I also use my iPad for VNC connections, so a mouse makes remote computer work easier.

If you use the iPad with a keyboard, pairing with a mouse also makes a lot of sense. Personally, I’m using the Logitech Slim Folio Pro case. It’s a bit bulky but I prefer the travel on the keys, the backlight (and the cost) vs Apple’s version.

Logitech Pebble i345 Review – iPad Pro User Experience

Logitech is the first, that I have seen, to launch a mouse specifically for the iPad. It’s called the Logitech Pebble i345. I’m geeky enough to have got optimistically nostalgic for Pebble Watch.

The Logitech i345 looks identical to the Logitech M340 and Logitech M355 but it’s Bluetooth only and does not come with the Logitech Nano Receiver (but it does have the storage compartment inside the battery compartment for a Nano Receiver).

Setup is easy. Turn the mouse on and it enters pairing mode, there’s a blinking blue light on the bottom so you know it’s in pairing mode. On your iPad, you go to Bluetooth settings and connect. There’s no need for additional Logitech iOS apps on your iPad or the PC experience of waiting for a driver to install.

Once the Logitech i345 is paired, the iPad shows a small “dot” which is the pointer.

Everything else works as you would expect a mouse to do. You can unlock your iPad, move icons, open apps. It’s 100x easier to copy and paste text on an iPad when you’re using a mouse. Seriously, if you use Word or Excel on an iPad, using a mouse on an iPad is life-changing.

The Logitech i345 left button is mapped as a tap and the right button is mapped as a long press/force touch. The scroll wheel scrolls in apps where you would swipe up or down (and you can customize the scroll direction in iOS settings, read on). The middle mouse button on the Logitech i345 does nothing. But that can be fixed!

Read on to learn how to customize the Logitech i345 for the iPad or any mouse with the iPad as well as how to customize the scroll wheel on the Logitech i345 with your iPad

Customizing Mouse Buttons on the iPad / in iOS

Yes, you can customize the Logitech i345 or any mouse buttons on the iPad from iOS 13.4 onwards. These specific instructions are based on iOS 13.4.1 and may change in the future.

Remapping the mouse buttons on the iPad requires a few steps, but it’s easy to do.

Assumption: This assumes the mouse is already paired. You must pair the mouse to your iPad before you customize the buttons.

  1. In iOS, open the Settings.
  2. Select General.
  3. Scroll down and you select Accessibility.
  4. Select Touch (it’s just under the Physical and Motor heading).
  5. Select AssistiveTouch.
  6. Toggle AssistiveTouch to On

Important: If you don’t turn on Assistive Touch, then the custom iPad mouse button actions will not work. I am hoping Apple change this in future iOS releases. There’s currently no workaround and if you don’t turn AssitiveTouch on then custom buttons will save but not function.

  1. Scroll down and select Devices (it’s under the Pointer Devices heading).
  2. Select the connected Mouse, in my case it says “Pebble i345”
  3. Tap Customize Additional Buttons

When you tap this, a dialog box will pop up that asks you to press a button on your pointer device (mouse) to choose an action.

I decided to map my middle scroll will click to the home screen, so I pressed customized the action for that button on my iPad with the Logitech i345.

  1. A list of actions will appear, in my case, I mapped it to “Home” so I tapped Home.

Tip: You can also map a mouse button to a Siri shortcut, which could be useful if you had a multi-button Bluetooth gaming mouse.

  1. You now need to click back on the top left, which is labeled with a left arrow and the name of your mouse. Again, in my case it reads “< Pebble i345” but it would say whatever is the device name of your iPad mouse.

All done! You can now test the button.

Tip: You can delete a custom iPad Mouse button by following the same steps but by clicking Edit from Step 7 above. It’s also not (currently) possible to rename the iPad Mouse Button label.

In my tests, you cannot customize the behavior of the scroll wheel or inverse the scroll behavior of a mouse with the iPad. Also, make sure you didn’t skip Step 6. If you don’t turn on AssistiveTouch then custom iPad mouse buttons will not work.

Again, all of the above has been tested and works with the Logitech i345 iPad mouse but should work for customizing the mouse buttons on any other iPad compatible mouse.

Customizing the Scroll Wheel on a Mouse on an iPad / in iOS

  1. In iOS, open the Settings.
  2. Select General.
  3. Tap Trackpad & Mouse.
  4. Turn off Natural Scrolling.

This lets you change it so if you scroll directions on the mouse. If it’s turned off, scrolling the wheel up scrolls the screen up. My personal preference is off.

Quickly Turn Off Assistive Touch

If you don’t like the Assistive Touch icon on your screen and want to disable it when you are not using your mouse, you can add a shortcut in the iOS Control Center to enable/disable Assistive Touch.

  1. In Settings, select Control Center (just under General)
  2. Tap Customize Controls.
  3. Tap the + to Accessibility Shortcuts to your menu.
  4. Then on the left-hand menu, tap Accessibility.
  5. Scroll down on the right-hand side and find Accessibility Shortcut (last in the list).
  6. Check AssistiveTouch (first item)

You’re all done! Now you can turn AssistiveTouch on and off from Control Center. Making it easier to access your custom iOS mouse buttons when you need them but also hide the Assistive Touch dot when you don’t.

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I can’t figure out how to reassign the click to button 2 on iPadOS 13.4. When I try to customise the buttons it does not seem to change the way that button 2 works.

iPad Pro 11-inch Wi-Fi

Posted on Mar 25, 2020 3:24 AM

The answer given here is wrong.

all you do is go into general – trackpad and mouse – secondary click – and you can pick left or right. This changes the primary click side too.

Posted on Mar 29, 2020 6:38 AM

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The universal “basic” support for third-party Bluetooth Mouse devices, introduced in iPadOS 13.4, does not provide support for button configuration.

Mar 25, 2020 3:33 AM

Ok thanks. I’m confused. So what is assistive touch > devices > customise additional buttons?

Mar 25, 2020 3:39 AM

The Assistive Touch settings are separate from the new Mouse Support features introduced in iPadOS 13.4.

Mar 25, 2020 3:56 AM

Oh ok. Thanks. Where do I fine the mouse support in settings then?

Mar 25, 2020 1:49 PM

The answer given here is wrong.

all you do is go into general – trackpad and mouse – secondary click – and you can pick left or right. This changes the primary click side too.

Mar 29, 2020 6:38 AM

Question: Q: I am left handed. How do I swap mouse buttons on iPadOS 13 More Less

Можно использовать панель Dock, переключатель приложений или жест, чтобы быстро переходить из одного приложения в другое на iPad. При возврате в исходное приложение Вы сможете продолжить работу с того места, на котором остановились.

Как открыть приложение из Dock

В любом приложении смахните вверх от нижнего края экрана, чтобы отобразилась панель Dock, затем коснитесь нужного приложения.

Ваши любимые приложения расположены в левой части панели Dock, а предлагаемые приложения (например те, которые Вы открывали недавно или открытые на Вашем iPhone или Mac) — в правой части панели Dock. В панели Dock кнопка справа открывает библиотеку приложений.

How to swap left and right mouse buttons on an ipad

Использование переключателя приложений

Чтобы увидеть все открытые приложения, рабочие пространства в режиме Split View или окна Slide Over в переключателе приложений, выполните одно из следующих действий.

На всех моделях iPad. Смахните вверх от нижнего края экрана, затем остановите палец в центре экрана.

На iPad с кнопкой «Домой». Дважды нажмите кнопку «Домой».

Чтобы просмотреть открытые приложения, смахните вправо, затем коснитесь приложения или рабочего пространства в режиме Split View, которое хотите использовать.

Для просмотра окон Slide Over смахивайте влево, а для переключения между окнами касайтесь их. См. раздел Переключение между приложениями в режиме Slide Over.

Переключение между открытыми приложениями

Чтобы переключиться между открытыми приложениями, выполните одно из следующих действий.

Смахните одним пальцем влево или вправо вдоль нижнего края экрана. (На iPad с кнопкой «Домой» выполняйте этот жест по небольшой дуге.)

Learn how to use a Bluetooth mouse or trackpad to navigate your iPad, and find out how to customize the experience.

Get connected

First, learn how to connect a Bluetooth mouse or trackpad to your iPad. To use this feature, you need an iPad with iPadOS 13.4 or later.

Navigate your iPad

When you connect a Bluetooth mouse or trackpad to your iPad, a circular pointer appears on the display.

Move the mouse or swipe on the trackpad just as you would with a desktop or notebook computer. You can adjust how quickly the pointer moves, along with other trackpad and mouse settings.

As it moves across different elements on the screen, the pointer changes shape. For example, it turns into an I-beam over text, indicating that you can insert the pointer into a text document or highlight and copy words from a webpage:

How to swap left and right mouse buttons on an ipad

When the pointer hovers over various parts of iPadOS, they also change appearance and use subtle animation to help you navigate. For example, toolbar buttons in apps change color, and app icons on the Home screen get bigger:

The pointer disappears after a few seconds of inactivity. To make it appear again, just move the mouse or touch the trackpad.

Adjust trackpad settings

To change how your Bluetooth trackpad works, go to Settings > General > Trackpad. On the screen that appears, you can adjust these settings:

  • To adjust how quickly the pointer moves when you use the trackpad, drag the Tracking Speed slider.
  • To make content track the movement of your fingers when you scroll, turn on Natural Scrolling.
  • To make a tap on the trackpad register as a click, turn on Tap to Click.
  • To have a two-finger click or tap behave as a secondary click, turn on Two Finger Secondary Click.

In iPadOS, a secondary trackpad click acts like a long press on the iPad touchscreen, or a Control-click (or right-click) on a Mac. For example, when you use a secondary trackpad click on an iPad app icon, its contextual menu appears.

You can also perform a secondary click on iPad with any pointing device by holding the Control key as you click.

Adjust mouse settings

To change how your Bluetooth mouse works, go to Settings > General > Trackpad & Mouse. On the screen that appears, you can adjust these settings:

  • To adjust how quickly the pointer moves when you use the mouse, drag the Tracking Speed slider.
  • To make content track the movement of your fingers when you scroll, turn on Natural Scrolling.

With a mouse, you can also choose a behavior for a secondary click. In iPadOS, a secondary click acts like a long press on the iPad touchscreen, or a Control-click (or right-click) on a Mac. For example, when you use a secondary mouse click on an iPad app icon, its contextual menu appears.

Select Secondary Click, then choose whether you want a secondary click to happen when you click on the left or right side of your mouse, or not at all. You can also perform a secondary click on iPad with any pointing device by holding the Control key as you click.

Customize the pointer

To change how the pointer looks and how it works, open the Settings app and tap Accessibility > Pointer Control. There, you can customize these features:

  • To make the pointer darker and less transparent, turn on Increase Contrast.
  • Tap Automatically Hide Pointer, then select how long you want the pointer to stay visible when it’s not moving.
  • To select a different color for the pointer, tap Color.
  • To make the pointer larger or smaller, drag the Pointer Size slider.
  • Turn on or turn off Pointer Animations.
  • To adjust how quickly pages scroll when you use your Bluetooth mouse or trackpad, use the Scrolling Speed slider.

How to swap left and right mouse buttons on an ipad

Show and hide the onscreen keyboard

Don’t see the onscreen keyboard when you have a trackpad or mouse connected? Tap the keyboard button in the lower-right corner of the screen. In the menu that appears, tap the show keyboard button . To hide the software keyboard, tap the dismiss button .

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You might have seen “right-click” mentioned while reading how-to instructions. But what does it mean? In some cases, it’s more than just clicking your right mouse button. We’ll show you how to right-click on several different pointer devices and platforms.

What Does Right-Click Mean?

If you see instructions asking you to “right-click,” it means to press the button on the right side of your mouse. Usually, this opens a context menu related to the item that you clicked on.

How to swap left and right mouse buttons on an ipad

An early right-click context menu, seen in Smalltalk-76 on a Xerox Alto. Xerox

Right-clicking, as a physical action, originated with the first multi-button mice created in the 1960s. But the idea of clicking the right button to open a context menu originated in the Smalltalk environment on the Xerox Alto in the mid-1970s, and then later made its way to the Windows operating system with Windows 95. Right-clicking came natively to macOS with Mac OS X Beta in the year 2000, although OS 8 and 9 included a context menu accessible by holding down Control on the keyboard while clicking.

Why Is Right-Click Different Than Left-Click?

Having two mouse buttons that do different things allows you to perform more tasks using your mouse, which can save you clicks and keyboard presses. Generally, most operating systems reserve the left mouse button as the “primary click” for selecting items on the screen or for opening apps or documents, and they reserve the right button as a “secondary click” used for canceling selections or for opening a context menu. A context menu is a list of options that changes depending on where you click or which application you’re using.

How to swap left and right mouse buttons on an ipad

A right-click context menu in Windows 10.

On Windows 10, Mac, iPad, and more, you can swap the function of the two buttons, which is sometimes ideal for left-handed people who might want to use the index finger on their left hand to click the “primary” button on their mouse.

How to Right-Click with a Mouse

How to swap left and right mouse buttons on an ipad

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Right-clicking with a mouse is easy. With the mouse oriented as you’d usually hold it, press the rightmost button (or clickable area) on the surface of the mouse.

On a Mac, if you’re using a one-button mouse, you can perform the equivalent of a right-click by holding down the Control key on your keyboard and clicking your mouse button. Or, if you’re using an Apple Magic mouse (where the entire surface is clickable), you can perform a right-click by placing two fingers on the surface of the mouse as you push down.

How to Right-Click with a Trackball

How to swap left and right mouse buttons on an ipad

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Trackballs vary greatly in layout in design, but usually, they include a rightmost button either on the surface or on the side of the trackball that functions like the right button on a mouse. To right-click, just click the rightmost button. If you have any trouble, consult your trackball’s documentation to see how to perform a secondary click.

How to Right-Click with a Touchpad

How to swap left and right mouse buttons on an ipad

Apple

If you’re using a touchpad on a Mac, Chromebook, or Windows PC, you can usually perform a right-click (secondary click) by tapping or pushing down on the touchpad with two fingers at the same time.

Or, if your laptop has two physical buttons below the trackpad, press the rightmost button to perform a right-click.

How to Right-Click on a Touch Screen

Here’s where things get interesting. If you’re using a touch-screen Windows PC, you can perform a right-click by pressing and holding your finger on the screen until a context menu appears. This trick dates back at least to Windows CE in 1996.

On the iPhone and iPad, you can perform an action similar to right-clicking by doing a long-press on the screen: Just hold your finger in one place until a menu pops up. Apple often uses this gesture to hide pop-up context menus.

How to Right-Click Using a Pen or Stylus

How to swap left and right mouse buttons on an ipad

Microsoft

Many third-party styluses designed for use with Windows and Macs (but not the Apple Pencil) include a button on the side of the stylus itself that can function as a right-click when pressed.

For the Microsoft Surface Pen, you hold down a side button while tapping on an item to open a context menu. Usually, these buttons can be reassigned via software to perform other functions.

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Find out how to use a Bluetooth mouse or trackpad to navigate your iPad, and find out how to customise the experience.

Get connected

First, find out how to connect a Bluetooth mouse or trackpad to your iPad. To use this feature, you need an iPad with iPadOS 13.4 or later.

Navigate your iPad

When you connect a Bluetooth mouse or trackpad to your iPad, a circular pointer appears on the display.

Move the mouse or swipe on the trackpad just as you would with a desktop or notebook computer. You can adjust how quickly the pointer moves, along with other trackpad and mouse settings.

As it moves across different elements on the screen, the pointer changes shape. For example, it turns into an I-beam over text, indicating that you can insert the pointer into a text document or highlight and copy words from a web page:

How to swap left and right mouse buttons on an ipad

When the pointer hovers over various parts of iPadOS, they also change appearance and use subtle animation to help you navigate. For example, toolbar buttons in apps change colour and app icons on the Home screen get bigger:

The pointer disappears after a few seconds of inactivity. To make it appear again, just move the mouse or touch the trackpad.

Adjust trackpad settings

To change how your Bluetooth trackpad works, go to Settings > General > Trackpad. On the screen that appears, you can adjust these settings:

  • To adjust how quickly the pointer moves when you use the trackpad, drag the Tracking Speed slider.
  • To make content track the movement of your fingers when you scroll, turn on Natural Scrolling.
  • To make a tap on the trackpad register as a click, turn on Tap to Click.
  • To have a two-finger click or tap behave as a secondary click, turn on Two Finger Secondary Click.

In iPadOS, a secondary trackpad click acts like a press and hold on the iPad touchscreen or a Control-click (or right-click) on a Mac. For example, when you use a secondary trackpad click on an iPad app icon, its contextual menu appears.

You can also perform a secondary click on iPad with any pointing device by holding the Control key as you click.

Adjust mouse settings

To change how your Bluetooth mouse works, go to Settings > General > Trackpad & Mouse. On the screen that appears, you can adjust these settings:

  • To adjust how quickly the pointer moves when you use the mouse, drag the Tracking Speed slider.
  • To make content track the movement of your fingers when you scroll, turn on Natural Scrolling.

With a mouse, you can also choose a behaviour for a secondary click. In iPadOS, a secondary click acts like a press and hold on the iPad touchscreen or a Control-click (or right-click) on a Mac. For example, when you use a secondary mouse click on an iPad app icon, its contextual menu appears.

Select Secondary Click, then choose whether you want a secondary click to happen when you click on the left or right of your mouse, or not at all. You can also perform a secondary click on iPad with any pointing device by holding the Control key as you click.

Customise the pointer

To change how the pointer looks and how it works, open the Settings app and tap Accessibility > Pointer Control. There, you can customise these features:

  • To make the pointer darker and less transparent, turn on Increase Contrast.
  • Tap Automatically Hide Pointer, then select how long you want the pointer to stay visible for when it’s not moving.
  • To select a different colour for the pointer, tap Colour.
  • To make the pointer larger or smaller, drag the Pointer Size slider.
  • Turn on or turn off Pointer Animations.
  • To adjust how quickly pages scroll when you use your Bluetooth mouse or trackpad, use the Scrolling Speed slider.

How to swap left and right mouse buttons on an ipad

Show and hide the onscreen keyboard

Can’t see the onscreen keyboard when you have a trackpad or mouse connected? Tap the keyboard button in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen. In the menu that appears, tap the show keyboard button . To hide the software keyboard, tap the dismiss button .

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Customize the mouse buttons

NOTE: Your customizable options and settings will vary depending on the mouse you have connected.

  1. Launch Logitech Options: Start > Programs > Logitech > Logitech Options.
  2. If you have more than one device that uses Logitech Options, click on the mouse you want to configure.

How to swap left and right mouse buttons on an ipad

How to swap left and right mouse buttons on an ipad

How to swap left and right mouse buttons on an ipad

When you’re done configuring the button, click anywhere below the Gesture button menu. Your changes are automatically saved.

Manual shift button (Mode shift)
By default, the Mode shift button lets you switch between SmartShift modes. When SmartShift is enabled, you can use the scroll wheel in either ratchet mode or hyper-fast spin mode. See Adjusting your mouse movements for more information. You can also assign a different action to the Mode shift button if you wish.

How to swap left and right mouse buttons on an ipad

NOTE: Click More and then scroll down to see the full list of available settings.

Speed-adaptive control wheel (Middle button)
In addition to using the control wheel for scrolling, you can also assign functions to it, just as with any other button. For example, if you assign the action “Close window”, when you press the scroll wheel, the current window will close. The default setting for the control wheel is Middle button.
To fine-tune how your scroll wheel works and feels, see Adjusting your mouse movements.

How to swap left and right mouse buttons on an ipad

Thumb Wheel (Horizontal scroll)
The Thumb wheel is located on the side of the mouse. You can use the wheel for horizontal scrolling and adjust the scroll speed. Or, you can assign a different task to the wheel, such as controlling the screen brightness or turning the volume up and down. The default setting is Horizontal scroll.

How to swap left and right mouse buttons on an ipad

Forward and back buttons
The forward and back buttons help you to navigate through web or document pages. Or, you can configure the buttons to zoom in or out, assign a keystroke to a button, or select from other options in the list.

How to swap left and right mouse buttons on an ipad

How to swap left and right mouse buttons on an ipad

  1. Open Logitech Options
  2. If you have more than one device that uses Logitech Options, click on the image for Wireless Mouse MX Master.
  3. Click the Point & Scroll tab.

Our CEO has an iPad 2 and uses Citrix to remotely connect to our network.

She is also left handed andhas a left handed mouse and settings on her work pc (Thin Client).

Unfortunately, when she remotes in to our network on her iPad every click (or tap rather) registers as a right hand click.

Our IT supplier cannot find a solution for Citrix and has suggesting talkign to Apple.

So. has anyone else had this problem or know how to fix it?

iPad 2, iOS 5, Citrix

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I am not a Citrix use, so take this with a grain of salt.

At some point, Citrix has to go to the user profile, and will default to the user desktop settings. On her pc at work, she has selected a left handed mouse, which flips the mapping of the mouse buttons. The app is passing the code for tapping on the pad, which is the generic click code, (which her desktop has mapped to a right click).

I don’t think there is going to be a pad based solution. And unless cirtix wants to build a whole new layer of complexity into their app, remapping or responding to, or asking the user to recreate personal profile stuff, it’s just not going to happen.

1. When she is planning on leaving, flip her mouse settings on her pc back to the default. A pia. She would need to set it back when she returns to her normal environment.

2. Get your in house IT group to do a batch program that when she logs off from work, resets the default automatically. And then resets it again when she logs in from her desktop.

3. Generate a whole new remote login for her that gets here the same access to everything, but is based on the default set up.

4. Get a new CEO. That is probably the quickest solution. :).

Feb 10, 2012 7:27 AM

This answer is a few months on from the original post – but I had the same issue and have created this work-a-round (it’s not a fix):

Create a shortcut link to the main.cpl file (no path required) and put this shortcut in the startup folder within the user’s windows citrix client. This means that the mouse ‘Switch primary and secondary buttons’ is the first dialog box to pop up whenever the user logs on to citrix.

From an ipad the user can then call up the citrix keyboard when the dialog is displayed during logon and press the ‘space bar’ to change the mouse setting. If the box is checked, and the user selects the spacebar from the citrix virtual keyboard to uncheck the box, then the ipad taps should work correctly from that point onward during that session.

By Charlie Sorrel • 11:00 am, September 3, 2019

For some of you, one of the main reasons to jump on iOS 13 right away is mouse support. You can connect any Bluetooth or USB mouse to your iPad, and use it pretty much like you’d use a mouse on the Mac.

You can even use a multi-button mouse. And guess what? You can assign all of those buttons to mouse functions. I’ve been using a mouse with my iPad on and off throughout the beta period. During that time, I’ve come up with a shortlist of the most useful mouse button features in iPadOS 13.

Mouse buttons in iPadOS 13

I wanted to set up my mouse to be as Mac-like as possible, while also taking advantage of some neat iPad-only features. There are several deep customizations you can do with the iOS 13 mouse — you can have a button trigger any shortcut, for example, or have it fire off a custom “gesture” from the AssistiveTouch section inside the Accessibility settings.

How to swap left and right mouse buttons on an ipad

I didn’t want to get so fancy, though. At least not until I have a good reason to do so. So here are my current mouse button assignments in iPadOS 13: My favorite mouse button assignments in iPadOS 13.
Photo: Cult of Mac

Button 1

Button 1 is the main mouse button for right-handers; the left button on a two-button mouse. This is mapped to Single-Tap, which is just a regular tap.

Button 2

Button 2 is the right button, and I’ve mapped it to Long Press. This is the iOS 13 equivalent of a right-click. If you long-press on most things in iOS 13, you will get a contextual menu. If you don’t get a contextual menu, you’ll invoke the familiar little black popover. Putting right-click onto the right button of my mouse lets me use my Mac “muscle memory” on the iPad. You can also right-click on Dock icons to bring up their contextual menus — the equivalent of 3D Touch on the iPhone.

Button 3

Now we get to the iPad-only features. Button 3 is mapped to Dock. This brings up the Dock wherever you are. It’s like swiping up from the bottom of the screen, only you can use the mouse. It’s also better than a finger in some apps. Apps like GarageBand, for instance, force you to swipe up twice to pull up the Dock. This is so you don’t accidentally invoke it when playing the on-screen piano, for example. Using the mouse causes no such delay.

On my little Logitech mouse, button 3 is the one on the back of the mouse, below the scroll wheel.

Button 4

Perhaps you already ran out of buttons. If not, try assigning one to Home. This is the equivalent of tapping the home button, or typing ⌘-H on an attached keyboard. On my mouse, this is one of the buttons that falls under the thumb of the right hand.

Button 5

Still here? This is where I run out of buttons, too. My fifth mouse button is assigned to Control Center. It’s possible to pull the Control Center down from the corner of the screen using the mouse, but this is easier. You could also assign Spotlight, or the app switcher, or even set the button to pull down your notifications.

To be honest, I’m wondering if it might not be better to assign something that can’t be gotten to using regular mouse-drag gestures. Control Center and Notifications can both be pulled down from the top of the screen using the mouse, so perhaps the Exposé-like app switcher, or the Spotlight action, might be better.

Wanted: More iOS mouse commands

I have one request for another mouse-assignable action. I’d like to be able to pop Slide Over apps out from the side of the screen using the mouse. Being able to slide out an app, and quickly drag something in or out, all from the mouse, would be a great convenience.

Other than this, though, the mouse support in iPadOS 13 is pretty stellar.