Mouse Without Borders13 Aug, 2014 By: Robert Green
Handy mouse utility works across multiple machines.
I was at a client site a couple weeks ago when reader Casey King showed me a handy utility called Mouse without Borders — a free download from the Microsoft Garage (an unofficial collection of utilities and tools created by Microsoft employees to test new ideas).
The concept is simple: One mouse can be used across any number of computers, all with multiple screens running virtually any version of Windows, XP or newer. Tasks such as dragging a file from one machine to another no longer require saving to a server or using a USB drive. If you test software on multiple machines or platforms, you'll see the value of this tool right away.
To try this tool for yourself, start by downloading it from the Microsoft Garage and installing it on every machine you want to control.
Note: The same version of Mouse without Borders must be installed on each machine.
After all the installations are complete, connect the machines together using the Machine Setup dialog.
Note: You need to know your network computer names so they can be associated together to track the mouse movement across machines.
Mouse without Borders is a clever application that solves a pesky problem for me. If you work with multiple machines, my guess is that you'll like it as well.
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