There's myriads of Mac OS 9 utilities available. You can easily spend a lifetime exploring them all. On this page, we're just offering a kind of a "best of", if you will. Even this selection includes just basic utilities every well-versed Mac OS9 user knows of - there's tons of utilities for special jobs and helping you in making your OS9 system truly personal.

One Button OS9 Mouse Myth

Created by Alessandro Levi Montalcini, USB Overdrive is a driver/utility for Mac OS 9.x that handles a USB mouse, trackball, joystick and gamepad from any manufacturer and lets you configure them either globally or on a per-application basis.

Hook up a 2 button mouse with scroll in OS 9! It reads all kinds of wheels, buttons, switches and controls and supports scrolling, keyboard emulation, launching and all the usual stuff like clicking, control-clicking and so forth. Alessandro has given “Mac OS 9 Lives” the right to distribute the OS 9 version at no charge!

Download: USB overdrive 1.4 (233 kb)

If you'll die without a dock ...

If you'll die without a dock then this utility will make you smile. Download and install DragThing 2.9. It's an incredibly powerful shareware utility that gives you the functionality of a dock, including additional enhancements such as tabs and free positioning on the screen. It can be a powerful launcher for all kinds of things - programs, documents & more.

Download: DragThing 2.9 (2.2 MB)

Drop that extra weight!

Extension Overload helps you drop unneccessary fat, optimizing your OS9 installation. It'll list any extension, font or control panel installed on your system along with a description. It'll allow you to deactive unneccessary features ("do I really need that modem driver?"), thus freeing up resources and making your system even more streamlined.

Download: Extension Overload 5.9.9 (1.1 MB)

Mounting success

Virtual CD/DVD utilility is a light-weight tool to aid mounting all those CD-ROM images you've downloaded from the Macintosh Garden or other places on a OS9 desktop. It can mount most .CDR, .DSK, .IMG (Disk Copy 6 .ISO compatible), .ISO, .TOAST and other images.

Download: Virtual CD/DVD-ROM Utility (400 kb)

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