readme2k.txt Driver File Contents (MouseWorks-6_0.exe)


About Kensington MouseWorks for Windows 2000/XP
Version 6.0

This document describes the Kensington MouseWorks software for Microsoft
Windows 2000 and Windows XP. (For notes on Windows 98 and Windows Me, see
the file README9X.TXT.)


1. Installation
2. Using the MouseWorks control panel
3. Things to Watch Out For
4. What's New
5. Known Issues
6. Uninstalling MouseWorks
7. How to Report a Bug
8. How to Contact Kensington


MouseWorks 6.0 does NOT support:
- Windows 95
- Windows NT
- WebRacer
- Any mouse or trackball connected to a serial port

If you need driver support for any of these products, please download
MouseWorks version 5.61 from the Kensington website.

1. Installation

   CAUTION! Before starting the install process, close all active running
   applications, and save your data.
   1) Make sure that you are logged onto your Windows 2000/XP system with
   an account that has sufficient user privileges to modify the registry and
   install device drivers.

   2) Make sure your device is plugged in. You can plug in a USB device
   without restarting. If you plug a device into a PS/2 port, you will need to
   restart your computer before proceeding with installation.
   When your computer first discovers the new device attached, the "Add New
   Hardware Wizard" will run and install the default drivers for the device.
   After the "Add New Hardware Wizard" completes its task, you can proceed to 
   install MouseWorks.
   3) If installing from a CD-ROM, insert the MouseWorks CD-ROM into your
   CD-ROM drive. The Setup application should launch automatically. If it does
   not start automatically, then
   (a) Click the Start menu and choose Run.
   (b) Then, click the Browse button and choose the CD-ROM drive.
   (c) To install the software, select Mworks\SETUP.EXE, click OK
       and follow the instructions.
   If installing from a downloaded file, simply locate the file SETUP.EXE
   (after unzipping the archive, if necessary), double-click it, and follow
   the instructions.
   4) You will see a window that says, "Do you want to check the Kensington
   website for the latest MouseWorks software?" We recommend clicking Yes.
   This will ensure that the version of MouseWorks you install is the very
   latest one available.
   5) When prompted, restart your computer to complete the installation

2. Using the MouseWorks Control Panel
   MouseWorks is now integrated into the Mouse control panel. To configure
   MouseWorks, double-click the Mouse icon in your Control Panels folder
   (or click the new MouseWorks System Tray icon).
   For instructions on using MouseWorks, click the Help button at the bottom
   of the control panel to display our electronic help using your default
   web browser.

3. Things to Watch Out For

 * If you are left-handed, use the MouseWorks control panel to change the
   Right button to produce a Click (left button) response and the Left button
   to produce a Right Click response. You must do so in that order, since at
   least one button must be defined as producing a Click action at all times.
 * MouseWorks displays the configuration of only one device at a time. If
   you have more than one Kensington input device attached, the device with
   the greater number of buttons will be displayed. Button settings apply
   to all devices--e.g., if you set Button 3 on your Expert Mouse Pro to be
   "Drag," then Button 3 on your Optical Elite will also be set to "Drag."

4. What's New


   MouseWorks 6.0 is the most significant rewrite of the software in many
   years. Here is a sampling of the many feature changes:
   1. MouseWorks is now integrated into the Mouse control panel, rather than
      being a stand-alone application.
   2. The button response menus have been shortened, with all the additional
      dialog boxes (for things like More Clicks, Paste Text, Keystrokes,
      Shortcuts, and Pop-Up Menus) rolled into a single, more coherently
      organized window called Other Options.

   3. The "List View" interface for setting up responses activated by pressing
      one or more modifier keys plus a mouse button has been replaced by a
      simpler, less modal interface called "Advanced View."
   4. The interface for Application Settings (formerly known as "Application
      Sets") has been revised to be easier to understand.
   5. You can now launch MouseWorks using a System Tray icon.
   6. The "Show Buttons" floating window has been replaced with button (and 
      wheel) state indicators on the Kensington tab.
   7. Preference files (and Application Settings files) are now stored in XML
      format, making them easier to edit and much less susceptible to
   8. A new "Check for Updates" button enables MouseWorks to automatically
      check for newer versions of itself online, and if found, apply updates
      without any manual steps from the user.
   9. The MouseWorks icon and Kensington logo have been updated.
  10. Numerous improvements have been made to the installer to make it more
      robust. For example, the installer will now attempt to uninstall any
      existing third-party mouse driver software that may conflict with it.
  11. A great many small tweaks have been made to the user interface, 
      including updated electronic Help.
  12. Major architectural improvements have been made, which should make
      MouseWorks easier to maintain in the future.
  13. MouseWorks now supports individual settings for each user under Windows
      2000 and Windows XP.

5. Known Issues

 * If you assign a button to "Scroll with Mouse," you may notice in certain
   applications that the screen flashes briefly when that button is pressed
   to turn scroll mode on or off.

 * There are two outstanding issues with Netscape 6. Because these issues
   are inherent to the design of Netscape 6, we currently have no way to
   solve them. Older versions of Netscape do not exhibit these problems.
   (1) Autoprogramming of DirectLaunch buttons on Expert Mouse Pro (by
       pressing and holding the button while viewing a web page) does not
       work. Workaround: Enter URLs manually using the DirectLaunch tab
       of the MouseWorks control panel.
   (2) If Netscape 6 is your default browser, each time you launch a URL
       (either using a DirectLaunch button or a regular mouse button
       programmed with the Launch URL response), a new browser window
       will open--even if Netscape is already running.

 * In most web browsers the keystrokes "Alt + Left Arrow" and "Alt + Right
   Arrow" can be used for "Back" and "Forward," respectively. However, in
   some cases using the Keyboard Emulation feature in MouseWorks to perform
   these commands will not work. For best results, use the commands "Button 4
   (Back)" and "Button 5 (Fwd)" located under Standard Clicks instead.

 * When clicking the mouse and moving at the same time, the clicks can
   sometimes be delayed such that the click does not occur at the
   appropriate location. To correct this problem, go to the Click Speed tab
   and move the Chording Speed slider to the right (faster).

 * Instant Menu does not work in any of the Microsoft Office applications or
   in Internet Explorer. This is due to the new style of menu bar control
   introduced by Microsoft that makes reading the menu entries impossible.

 * The MouseWorks control panel is not hot-plug/unplug aware. If you plug
   or unplug a device while the control panel is open, any changes (for 
   example, a different device picture or adding/removing the DirectLaunch
   tab) will not be immediately reflected. You must exit and reopen the
   control panel to see device-related changes.
 * If you have a button assigned to perform a "Keystrokes" (Keyboard
   Emulation) action, this will only work if there is a keyboard plugged
   into the computer.

6. Uninstalling MouseWorks
   If you should ever wish to uninstall MouseWorks, simply double-click the
   Add/Remove Programs icon in your Control Panels folder, select the
   Kensington MouseWorks entry, and click Remove. At the end of the
   uninstallation process, you will need to restart your computer.

7. How to Report a Bug
   Bug reports should be sent to
   Please enter one of the following in the subject field of your message:
   Bug Report for Windows 2000
   Bug Report for Windows XP
   Follow this with one or more asterisks to describe the severity of the
   ***** - freeze-ups, blue screens, reproducible system crashes, etc.
   ****  - application crashes, conflicts with other input devices, etc.
   ***   - certain features of MouseWorks do not work correctly.
   **    - other less severe issues.
   *     - very cosmetic issues.
   So a typical subject heading would be "Bug Report for Windows XP - **".
   Include the following information in the body of the report.
   1. Your name and telephone number.
   2. Exact model of your computer and amount of RAM installed.
   3. Any other peripherals connected to your computer and if possible the
      version of device drivers for those peripherals.
   4. Is the Kensington pointing device on a USB or PS/2 port? What kind of
      Kensington pointing device? Is the USB pointing device attached through
      an external USB hub?
   5. Do you have any other input devices? If so, what are they and how are
      they connected? What version of control software are they running under?
   6. Description of the problem. Please outline step by step instructions to
      reproduce the problem. If we cannot reproduce the problem, we cannot
      fix the problem. Describe the issue in detail.
   7. Can you reproduce the problem?
   8. Anything else you think will be useful for us to understand the cause of
      the problem.

8. How to Contact Kensington

   Kensington Technology Group
   2000 Alameda de las Pulgas, Second Floor
   San Mateo, CA 94403 USA
   Technical Support (US and Canada):
   General Information:
   650-572-2700 (Voice)
   650-572-9675 (Fax)
   Copyright ?? 2002 Kensington Technology Group,
   a division of ACCO Brands, Inc.
   All Rights Reserved.

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