How-to: Mice

What are the default buttons and wheel assignments for my mouse?

The following table specifies the default button assignments for Microsoft mouse products.

Note:
Some of the features listed are not available on all mouse models.

Button

Action

How to use it

Left

Click

Move the pointer over an item on the screen, and then quickly press and release the left button.

Double-click

Move the pointer over an item on the screen, and then quickly press and release the left button twice.

Drag an object

Move the pointer over an item on the screen, press and hold the left button, move the pointer to move the object to a new location, and then release the left button.

Right

Right-click

Move the pointer over the appropriate screen location, and then press the right button to display a shortcut menu or other program-specific feature.

Wheel

Vertical scrolling

In a scrollable window, rotate the wheel toward you to move down, away from you to move up.

Horizontal scrolling (some models only)

In a scrollable window, tilt the wheel to the left to move left, and to the right to move right.

Touch strip (some models only)

For devices with a touch strip, slide your finger up and down or forward and backward to scroll.

Zooming

In some programs (such as Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel), you can increase or decrease the screen magnification by holding down the CTRL key while you are scrolling.

Wheel

Middle-click

You can press the wheel like a button to access more features. In some programs, you can use middle-click for program-specific features. For example, in Internet Explorer 7, you can middle-click a link to open the link in a new tab.

Flip, Flip 3D or Instant Viewer

Select how you want to view all your open programs: Flip lets you preview thumbnail images of all running programs. Flip 3D lets you flip through all open windows at the same time. If Flip or Flip 3D is not available, this key opens the Instant Viewer and displays all open items in a grid of thumbnail images.

Other assignable buttons

 

Other buttons may be unassigned by default, or have a default assignment, such as: Back and Forward Move back and forward in programs that support the Back and Forward commands, such as a Web browser. Magnify Enlarge text and images in a part of the screen.

Dedicated buttons

 

Some mouse models have buttons with dedicated features, such as presenter buttons or gaming buttons that cannot be reassigned.

List of all button assignment options

Click here for a table lists and describes the button assignments that you can set on your mouse.

Assignments

Description

Click

Selects the object that you are pointing at, positions the cursor, and drags text or objects from one location to another.

Right-click

Displays shortcut menus.

Next window

Makes the next window the active window.

Back

In a browser window, displays the last page that you visited.

Forward (browser)

In a browser window, displays the last page that you visited before you clicked the Back button.

AutoScroll

Lets you automatically scroll a document or Web page at a speed that you determine by moving your mouse up or down. This feature lets you read a document hands free.

Middle-click

In some programs, middle-click lets you use program-specific features. For example, in Internet Explorer 7, you can middle-click a link to open the link in a new tab.

Disabled

Turns off the mouse button.

Alt

Functions the same as pressing ALT on the keyboard.

ClickLock On/Off

Toggles between enabling and disabling ClickLock. This has the same effect as enabling or disabling ClickLock on the Activities tab.

Close

Closes the active document or window.

Copy (CTRL+C)

Copies the selected text or item to the Clipboard.

CTRL

Functions the same as pressing CTRL on the keyboard.

Cut (CTRL+X)

Cuts the selected text or item to the Clipboard.

Delete

Deletes the selected text, item, or other object.

Digital Ink On/Off

Enables you to annotate slides in a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation (in full-screen mode).

Double-click

Lets you use a single-click to represent a double-click.

Enter

Lets you initiate a command or control, or perform an action for the selected item.

Exit program

Closes the selected program.

Flip /Flip 3D

Flip lets you preview thumbnail images of all running programs. Flip 3D displays all open programs as a three-dimensional set of tiles that you can quickly page or scroll through. If Flip or Flip 3D are not available, this key opens the Instant Viewer and displays all open items in a grid of thumbnail images.

Gaming Toggle

Lets you record and play back up to two favorite key sequences while in a game.

Instant Viewer

Displays all open items in a grid of thumbnail images.

Macro Editor

Lets you create and modify macros.

Macro

Opens the Macro editor so that you can create a new macro and assign or modify an existing macro.

Magnify

Lets you enlarge text and images on any section of your screen.

Maximize

Lets you maximize the selected window.

Minimize

Lets you minimize the selected window.

New

Lets you create a new document or file.

Open

Lets you open an existing document or file.

Paste (CTRL+V)

Pastes the text or item in the Clipboard.

Quick Turn

Lets you spin a gaming character to face in the opposite direction.

Redo

Repeats the last action.

Shift

Functions the same as pressing SHIFT on the keyboard.

Show/Hide desktop

Minimizes/maximizes all open windows.

Undo (CTRL+Z)

Undo the previous action.

Zoom in

Lets you increase the screen magnification.

Zoom out

Lets you decrease the screen magnification.

Keystroke

Lets you assign a keyboard shortcut to a mouse button.

Precision Booster

Lets you adjust your pointer speed for precision tasks, such as in-game targeting or photo editing.

Start (custom)

Lets you start a program or game that you specify.

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