How-to: Mice

How do I 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.

To reassign a button across all applications

  1. Using the mouse that you want to configure, start IntelliPoint.
    (Click Start, point to All Programs, click Microsoft Mouse, and then click Microsoft Mouse.)
  2. In the list under the button that you want to reassign, click a command.
    To disable a button, click Disabled.

Note

  • You must assign the Click command to either the left or right button. You can assign this command to additional buttons if you want.
  • Reassigned button commands may not work as expected for some programs or games. Some programs or games may not support customized button assignments.
  • Some mouse models include specialized buttons that cannot be reassigned.

How do I reassign my mouse buttons for a specific application?

You can assign mouse buttons to perform different commands in different programs. For example, you can assign the same mouse button to activate Digital Ink when in PowerPoint, a macro when in a game, and the Magnifier when in any other application.

To reassign a button for a specific program

  1. Using the mouse that you want to configure, start IntelliPoint.
    (Click Start, point to All Programs, click Microsoft Mouse, and then click Microsoft Mouse.)
  2. Select the Enable program-specific settings check box, and then click Settings.
  3. In the Programs list, select the program that you want.
    If the program that you want is not on the list, click Add, select the program, and then click OK.
  4. In the button command list, select a command.

To use a button that has been reassigned for a specific program

  • Start the program and click the reassigned button.

Note
In Windows 7 and Windows Vista, if you open a program by using the Run as administratorcommand, you will not have access to application-specific mouse button settings. Instead, the mouse will use the global mouse button assignments.
To enable application-specific mouse button settings, open the application without administrator credentials, or log on to Windows as an administrator.

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