Andrew Smith

Microsoft Intellipoint mouse software not compatible with Solidworks!

Discussion created by Andrew Smith on Mar 4, 2012
Latest reply on May 13, 2013 by Ed Caceres

Microsoft Intellipoint mouse software is not compatible with Solidworks!



After scrutinizing the driver options, phone conversations with Microsoft techs, a replacement mouse, and searching various forums, I have to conclude that the Microsoft Intellipoint mouse software is not compatible with Solidworks.



So if you were thinking of buying a Microsoft mouse to use with Solidworks - Don't.




Problem: Middle button (wheel button) does not rotate the model view reliably




Microsoft Intellipoint 8.2

Windows 7 Professional, 64 bit




Microsoft Comfort Mouse 4500

Microsoft Sidewinder X3 Mouse


If someone has some magic workaround for this issue, please post it here.

During my investigation, I noticed that the middle button works correctly in SW, if the Intellipoint software is uninstalled. But then you lose the use of the extra side-buttons, which as you know are a huge advantage.


I'm going to hound Microsoft about this a bit, it's not like Solidworks is some obscure application with a tiny user base...