Enable Extra Mouse Buttons in Linux Guest VM (VMware)

It’s long bugged me that I was not able to use the extra mouse buttons (e.g. back) in my Linux VMs under VMware Workstation. Apparently it’s bugged a lot of others too because today after finally reaching my breaking point I did a quick search and found that manually adding a single line to your VM’s .vmx file will enable this missing functionality. Here’s the line, simply append it to your vmx file when your VM is powered down and restart:

mouse.vusb.enable = "TRUE"

I wish I’d hit my breaking point long ago and fixed this… Now my Kensington Expert Mouse is a first class Linux citizen in VMware.

Source of solution: http://goo.gl/zCYj6

2 thoughts on “Enable Extra Mouse Buttons in Linux Guest VM (VMware)”

  1. Hi Steve,

    Wanted to ask this question under the pfSense VPN entry but it wouldn’t allow me to add additional comments at this point.

    Followed your instructions on how to setup PIA with pfSense. Was wondering if you knew how to do the following:


    Clued out and on the verge of paying someone in Pakistan to Teamview into my system to set it up. Figured you’re my last resort before going that route.


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