Ottawa PC Users' Group, Inc.
by Chris Taylor
The Microsoft IntelliPoint driver allows
you to wrap the mouse cursor around the side of the
screen. Just about every mouse driver provides adjustable
mouse trails, acceleration and double-click speed. You
can download hundreds of free animated and static mouse
cursors from PUB II or the Internet. There is a shareware
utility that provides a mouse odometer to log your mouse
Thus, I decided to look at Ottawa-based
Toggle Software's ToggleMOUSE v4.4.6. I thought... what's
so special? Well, it turns out it provides all of the
above and an impressive array of additional features.
ToggleMOUSE, which is available for Windows 9x and NT,
does not replace your existing mouse driver. It loads via
your startup group and resides in the system tray. A
single click on its icon in the tray opens the
configuration screen where you choose from 17 tabs packed
For those who think variety is the spice
of computing, there are 247 unique mouse cursors
organized into 23 themes. Many of the cursors are
animated, especially the busy cursors. There are high-visibility
cursors: great for laptop computers and fun themes like
sports, music, vegetables, and nature. You can easily mix
and match from various themes as well.
Features available to help you find your
mouse cursor include mouse trails, a hot key to move it
to the centre of the screen, and an option to make it
move to the default button of a dialog box. If that's not
enough, you can make the pointer flash after you haven't
moved it for a while or add a hot-key that pops up a
pointer to the pointer. If you can still manage to lose
your mouse pointer, it may be time to give up your
For productivity, there is a myriad of
options. You can add single-click options to desktop
items and list boxes, change the middle button on a 3-button
mouse to a double-click, enable screen wrap and make
windows active simply by pointing at them. A really nifty
option I love is one that makes the mouse cursor
disappear as soon as you start typing. Just move the
mouse to make it reappear.
If you feel left out because your mouse
does not have a wheel to enable scrolling, ToggleMOUSE
comes to the rescue, adding horizontal and/or vertical
scrolling features to almost any application with a
regular mouse. And if you do have a wheel mouse, you can
set Ctrl-wheel to switch you between open applications.
It can also add wheel scrolling to applications that are
Quick access to frequently needed items
is a key feature of ToggleMOUSE. You can pop up a clock/calendar
at the pointer and set hot-keys for 20 pre-defined
functions such as starting Notepad, closing the active
window, and logging off the computer. If you find
yourself often minimizing applications so you can access
desktop items, ToggleMOUSE can provide a menu of all
desktop items simply by moving the pointer to the top-left
corner of the screen.
If you miss the recorder feature included
with Windows 3.x, ToggleMOUSE provides a mouse and
keyboard recorder. You can elect to run a macro a single
time or loop through multiple times. You can even adjust
the speed of playback.
If you want to set aside your mouse, you
can use your keyboard as a mouse. Choose from the numeric
keypad (you can restrict it to work only if the numlock
is on or off) or the Ctrl key in combination with I, J,
K, and M. The number of screen pixels moved per keystroke
is adjustable. You can even use your joystick as a mouse
if you want!
If you do training or demos, there is a
really nifty feature that adds a tooltip at the mouse
pointer that tells if you clicked, right-clicked, or
ToggleMOUSE is available for the bargain-basement
price of $27.50. Registered users are entitled to free
upgrades forever. You can download a full-featured 30-day
evaluation version of ToggleMOUSE from Toggle Software's
web site at www.toggle.com or PUB II (togmouse.exe in the
Miscellaneous Utilities file area.) For $27.50, you can
get a registration code to unlock the software. Toggle
Software can be reached at 237-4475.
Don Leclair and Brian Qureshi from Toggle
Software will be coming to the June OPCUG meeting. If you
buy a copy at the meeting, you can get it for $20.00 and
they will throw in a copy of ToggleDISKSPACE, a $20 value.
ToggleDISKSPACE will help you manage your disk space.
There are 15 different reports, history tracking,
Internet cache management, disk performance tests, and
ToggleMOUSE has such an impressive array
of features that every user is bound to find at least a
few features that will make using the computer easier,
more efficient, and more fun. Do yourself a favour and
take the 30-day trial version for a spin.
Proprietary package ($27.50) from Toggle
Tel: (613) 237-4475
Release reviewed: Version 4.4.6
Web site: http://www.toggle.com
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Computer Users' Group (OPCUG), Inc.
3 Thatcher Street,
Ottawa, ON K2G 1S6
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in these reviews may not necessarily
represent the views of the OPCUG or its members.
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