How-to: Mice

How do I use my Sidewinder Mouse?


Your Sidewinder Mouse includes the following features:

  • A Quick Launch button to open apps.
  • Customizable right and left mouse buttons.
  • A customizable middle click and Scroll wheel.
  • DPI On-the-fly buttons to change pointer sensitivity. Adjust the pointer sensitivity settings in Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard Center.
  • Macro Record button so you can create macros while playing games.
  • Customizable top and bottom thumb buttons.
  • An LCD that displays the current DPI setting. It also displays prompts when creating macros or calibrating Quick Turn.

Gaming accessories

  • Cable anchor: Use the cable anchor box to help eliminate drag from the mouse cable and keep extra cable out of the way. Typically, 12 to 15 inches (30 to 40 cm) of cable between the mouse and the cable anchor is recommended.
    Insert the cable into the slot at the preferred length and then slide the lid back on the box to keep the cable in place.
  • Weights: You can adjust the weight of the mouse. Test different weights in the carriage until the mouse feels right to you.
    To open the weight carriage, press the button on the underside of the mouse.
  • Feet: The mouse glides on replaceable feet. Each set is made of different materials, including Teflon®. Select the set that works best on your mousing surface. Use your fingers to replace the feet.

Mouse sensitivity (DPI) settings

The Sidewinder X3 mouse includes 3 DPI On-the-fly buttons. You can use these buttons to change the DPI to instantly adjust pointer speed for precision tasks, such as in-game targeting or photo editing. Higher settings will move your pointer faster, lower settings will move your pointer slower. For the best overall mouse performance, set the mouse on a high DPI setting and then lower the pointer speed.
To change the DPI while in a game or application:

  • Press one of the DPI On-the-fly buttons.
    The mouse LCD will briefly display the new DPI setting. Higher DPI settings move your pointer faster; lower DPI settings move your pointer slower.

DPI On-the-fly buttons cannot be reassigned.

Create a Macro

Use the Macro Record button during a game to bind a series of actions to the click of a button. For example, record a macro to reload all your weapons, and then assign the macro to a mouse button. To assist you in recording a macro, prompts are displayed on the mouse LCD.

For details on working with macros, see How do I create macros?

Use Quick Turn

With Quick Turn, you can play games like a pro. In action games, use Quick Turn to spin your character to fire or move in the opposite direction.

For instructions on calibrating Quick Turn and assigning it to a mouse button, see How do I calibrate Quick Turn with my gaming mouse?

Reassign mouse buttons

IntelliPoint software provides default commands for all of the mouse buttons. You can reassign some buttons to different commands or keyboard shortcuts to better fit your work style. You can also disable buttons you might press accidentally, such as the wheel button. For more information, see How do I reassign mouse buttons?