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Microsoft IntelliType Pro and IntelliPoint... You can use IntelliType Pro and IntelliPoint software to customize the features of the Microsoft mouse and keyboard. By using the software, you can reassign mouse buttons and keyboard keys to open a program, file, or Web page. Some keyboard models provide a fingerprint scanner for advanced identity management. You can also use the software to control the wheel settings, and assign commands and application-specific functions to the mouse buttons and keyboard keys, for example:
  • Magnify
  • Zoom
  • Show Desktop
What's New
Version 8.2.0: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.4 or later






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puedeba2004 reviewed on 14 Jul 2011
I have a microsoft wireless keyboard 6000, version 3.0, using it on my Imac with Snow Leopard 10. I downloaded the desktop software but can't figure out how to access it on my Mac. Also, I desperately need an "apple" key. since it is Mac compatible there must be a way to create one. Or maybe one is already there and I can't find it. Can someone please help me?
[Version 8.1.5]

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MacUpdate-Warren replied on 14 Jul 2011
I like the feel of Windows keyboards, so I've been thinking about getting one. I've been pondering the same issue. I believe that, on a Windows keyboard, the Windows key defaults to mapping as the "Apple" (Command) key. I just found this article that may be helpful:

http://gdgt.com/question/quickly-switch-windows-key-and-alt-key-in-os-x-5cx/

I haven't tried this yet. Let me know if it helps at all.
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Steven Goodheart replied on 01 Sep 2011
puedeba2004 -- After you download and then run the installer -- which will then require a restart -- you should then open up your System Preferences, where you *should* find the Microsoft Keyboard Preference Pane. Click on that and Preference Pane and under “Options” you will be able to swap the Windows and Alt keys for the Command and Option keys. (And also, what I really like, swapping the Caps Lock and Control Keys.) Hope this helps. Steve
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Steven Goodheart reviewed on 02 Mar 2011
The MacUpdate link led to the same 8.0 I already have, so I used Garytmg's link suggestion —thanks Gary — and got the 8.0.1, which installed and works just fine. No obvious differences -- perhaps this fixes some bugs, or maybe is in prep for the upcoming 10.6.7? Anyway, the updat's rock solid on my machine.

I'm no fan of MS, but they sure make some damn fine keyboards. I just love my Intellitype 4000, and have never found anything better (the wireless version is also rock solid, in my experience.) I love the feel of the keyboard and the natural way you can hold your hands using it, and of course, all the cool ancillary buttons, My Favorites, and the like.

My two-bits -- and thanks again, Garytmg.
[Version 8.0.1]

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Misha replied on 03 Mar 2011
Sorry for the confusion, folks, we meant to update the Microsoft Mouse listing (which is at 8.0.1) and not Microsoft Desktop (which remains at 8.0). See: http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/29220/Microsoft%20Mouse

We have fixed both listings now.
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Steven Goodheart replied on 03 Mar 2011
Well, I wasn't paying attention, was I? It did update to 8.01, but for the Mouse, not the keyboard. In the past, both keyboard and mouse updated with one installer, so I assumed the keyboard went to 8.0.1 too. My bad.
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Zoidbert replied on 11 Mar 2011
Had to take a sec to agree re/MS and their keyboards. I switched to a Natural Ergo 4000 years ago (and whatever their white ergo board was before that, early part of the decade) and have never looked back. Sure, I wish Apple'd make an ergo board with the Apple flair, but I can't knock MS for this thing. Solid board with great key action. The bonus buttons (play/pause, favorites, etc.) are great lagniappe.

I buy a new one about every two years when the keys have rubbed down to smooth and I can't read the letters anymore (I type a lot). That said, I've not had any RSI or wrist pain since switching to ergo boards over a dozen plus years ago (Adesso then).

Really miss their trackball line; never have found a reason why they abandoned it -- it was always a bestseller; used ones go for hundreds on eBay and Amazon. There's apparently a big aftermarket for repair as well.

A little leery to update the software -- don't want to muck anything up as its all working fine -- but thanks for the review/vote of confidence.

Oh, and great icon. Totoro is a family favorite.
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Steven Goodheart replied on 17 Mar 2011
Zoidbert - thanks! Btw, I had that same problem with the MS 4000 letter rubbing off after a few years, but I solved that problem with my last one by putting clear fingernail polish on the letters (get the kind that advertises itself as "super hard") and the letters are not rubbing away. Works great! And yes, we are Totoro fans at this household too, big time! :)
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puedeba2004 replied on 11 Jul 2011
I just installed microsoft desktop 7.1 on my imac, using the disc that came with the wireless keyboard. I can't find microsoft desktop anywhere on my computer. Anyone know how I can find it and access it? Next. Since I'm using it on a Mac I desperately need an "apple key." How can I set that up.
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Steven Goodheart replied on 12 Jul 2011
puedeba2004,

The first thing I'd do is download this update...7.1 is quite an old driver, as I recall. After you install, open your System Preferences and look for "Microsoft Keyboard" in your "Other" Preference Panes. Click on that and you can modify your apple/command/option/alt key set up as well as swap your Caps lock and Control key, if you want. (You should be able to do this with the 7.1, but if not, maybe the driver is too old?) Hope this is on target and helps.
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Activa reviewed on 02 Mar 2011
Warning: I installed latest v. 8.0.0 v.279, now my Intellimouse Explorer for Bluetooth doesn't work (though the software identifies it).
[Version 8.0.1]

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Activa replied on 02 Mar 2011
Ok... after another restart it's working fine. But I don't see any difference at all in the features. I suppose I should give more stars 'cause it's working, but why did I bother?
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Misha replied on 03 Mar 2011
Sorry for the confusion, folks, we meant to update the Microsoft Mouse listing (which is at 8.0.1) and not Microsoft Desktop (which remains at 8.0). See: http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/29220/Microsoft%20Mouse

We have fixed both listings now.
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Dougster commented on 01 Mar 2011
8.0.1 installs as the already available 8.0.0.
Version 8.0.1 is not even mentioned on Microsoft's website.
[Version 8.0.1]

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Garytmg replied on 02 Mar 2011
Just updated my older v6 driver to v8.0.1 - seems to have gone okay.
This link seems to work today: http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/download/DownloadResult.aspx?category=MK&type=Mouse&name=SKU-WOM20&os=mac104x57&lang=en
In case that link breaks due to its length, try this:
http://tinyurl.com/4hd9lz2
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Misha replied on 03 Mar 2011
Sorry for the confusion, folks, we meant to update the Microsoft Mouse listing (which is at 8.0.1) and not Microsoft Desktop (which remains at 8.0). See: http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/29220/Microsoft%20Mouse

We have fixed both listings now.
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Josh C. reviewed on 06 Dec 2010
I've had this since July, unless I missed something here. The mouse drivers work really well and I have always been happy with there mice, there OS sucks a** though lol
[Version 8.0]


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Cortig commented on 06 Dec 2010
This is the link to the Mouse drivers only.
The keyboard drivers (still names IntelliType despite the description here) has also been updated to v8 and can be found ehre:
http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/download/DownloadResult.aspx?category=MK&type=Keyboard&name=B2M-00012&os=mac104x57&lang=en
[Version 8.0]


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Kitmos commented on 07 Mar 2010
Thanks Brendan!
[Version 7.1]


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Kitmos commented on 25 Feb 2010
Although MS Keyboard works fine it requires that you also install MS Mouse software even though I'm not using their mouse. Very annoying.
(Unless that has changed with this version????)
[Version 7.1]

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Thresher-The-Shark commented on 07 Mar 2010
I am not sure about previous versions, but with 7.1 at least if you select custom install you can deselect the mouse driver.
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Libertyforall1776 commented on 25 Feb 2010
Prefpane STILL says IntelliType!
[Version 7.1]


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Lounge Deluxe commented on 14 Dec 2009
Still no 'snap to default button' option. All their Windows drivers support this option, why would MS think Mac users won't appreciate this option?
[Version 7.1]


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zofo had trouble on 01 Sep 2009
Snow Leopard compatibility coming anytime soon?
[Version 7.0]


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Paul C had trouble on 05 Aug 2007
I've installed 6.1 and still can't figure out how to get the CD door to open -- help!

With thanks,

Paul
[Version 6.21]

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Zoidberg commented on 21 Nov 2007
Hold down the F12 key for a few seconds.
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Wfm had trouble on 02 Mar 2004
I installed this driver and then I could not use the Expose Show Desktop feature. I tried everything to make it work. All 5 mouse buttons worked, but I couldn't do the desktop thing.

I then installed version 3.1, rebooted, uninstalled, rebooted, and now I have full controll over the mouse buttons and they can all be used with Expose for all features.

Avoid this like the plague !!
[Version 5.0]



Johnmcg rated on 07 Apr 2011

[Version 8.0]



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Josh C. rated on 06 Dec 2010

[Version 8.0]


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Microsoft IntelliType Pro and IntelliPoint... You can use IntelliType Pro and IntelliPoint software to customize the features of the Microsoft mouse and keyboard. By using the software, you can reassign mouse buttons and keyboard keys to open a program, file, or Web page. Some keyboard models provide a fingerprint scanner for advanced identity management. You can also use the software to control the wheel settings, and assign commands and application-specific functions to the mouse buttons and keyboard keys, for example:
  • Magnify
  • Zoom
  • Show Desktop
  • Keyboard Settings
  • Horizontal Scrolling


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