Touchpads are a nifty piece of hardware on laptops; they’re kind of fun to use and simple enough to get the hang of quickly. If you happen to have a precision model, it’ll even support Windows 10 gestures. The MacBook seems to have the most responsive of them all, but Dell and HP aren’t far behind.
As fun and cutting-edge as they are, they’re not as handy as a mouse. Most trackpads only have two buttons, and the trackpad is kind of a pain to get to if you’re someone who needs to use the mouse on a regular basis.
Generally, the middle button on the mouse is used for scrolling (whether with the wheel itself or via a simple click-and-drag method). If you click your scroll wheel on a link, that link will open in a new window; to do the same thing with a trackpad, you need to use the pad to get to the link and then right-click and select the action. Luckily, a USB mouse can be picked up easily and cheaply at almost any big box or electronic store.
The default control for the middle (or any) button on a mouse is fine for most users, but – like everything else in life – one size does not fit all. The good news is that you don’t need to be stuck with those defaults if you fall into the latter category! X Mouse Button Control has you covered.
How To Change What Your Scroll Wheel Does
If you want to alter the default controls for your mouse on a Windows system, you may have noticed that you’re unable to find any settings. Like almost everything else, there’s an app for that, too! X Mouse Button Control is a feature-rich app with many years of experience and credibility under its belt.
One of the best features is that you can set application-specific controls. This means that, if you need to, you can set up your scroll wheel to perform different actions when you’re working versus when you’re playing a game or chatting with your friends on social media. Best of all, it’s free!
As soon as you’ve clicked ‘Apply’, the changes will take effect. For example, here’s what it looks like when you remap the middle mouse button to perform a copying function:
Please note that whenever you remap your middle mouse button, only the button function will be affected. That means that you’ll still be able to scroll through web pages just as quickly as ever. If anything, you’re adding even more functionality to it. Get it here.
Would you remap your middle mouse button? What about the others? Let us know what you’d do in the comments section below.