everything has been great with blender. just one problem at the moment i need sort of alternatives button for middle mouse (the mouse wheel) button for rotating, panning etc. everything that have anything to do with the mouse wheel click.

after quite a while using it, now it's a bit broken and sometimes not responding on my click. much appreciated if someone can list everything that use middle mouse wheel button, that i need to change to completely replace the middle wheel click with something else. and alternative key suggestion would be nice too. (bit troubled with this one)


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You can emulate 3 Button Mouse.

Blender 2.7

File > User Preferences... (Cmd + ,)

Blender >= 2.8

Edit > Preferences...

In the Input tab, check "Emulate 3 Button Mouse".

Now, you can emulate the middle button by pressing Alt + LMB (Left Mouse Button).

  • $\begingroup$ This interferes with some select loop keyboard shortcuts however. Is this the only solution for changing the use of the middle mouse button? $\endgroup$
    – HopWorks
    Apr 27, 2021 at 19:43
  • $\begingroup$ Off the top of my head, there's no alternative solution. If you are familiar with python, you can toggle this preference using this line of code: bpy.types.PreferencesInput.use_mouse_emulate_3_button = not bpy.types.PreferencesInput.use_mouse_emulate_3_button. $\endgroup$ Apr 28, 2021 at 13:37
  • $\begingroup$ There is a solution now - there is 'OS Key' as an option in those same preferences. On MacOS it is the Command key. $\endgroup$
    – Nitrodist
    Mar 26, 2023 at 3:38

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