How to Remap Mouse Buttons to Launch Any App in Windows

This guide will show you how to use a small, free app that lets you remap and reconfigure the way you use your mouse buttons in Windows.

I have a simple mouse with three buttons. I use the left button to left click, the right button to right click, but what about the third button? In my case there is a wheel in the center, clicking this wheel acts like a middle button but does nothing. I am going to map this middle button to the Firefox browser, so that every time I click this button Firefox will open. X-Mouse Button Control is a free little tool that allows you to remap your mouse buttons instantly. X-Mouse Button Controls works with Windows XP all the way through to Windows 10.

If you have a gaming mouse (with more than three buttons), then you have even more options since you can map other buttons for other purposes. Remapping your mouse buttons can make you more productive and save you plenty of time. Another useful use of this tool is mentioned by the developer.

You are able to provide an application specific mappings, which means one application can use the mouse differently from another. This is useful for games which do not inherently support the extended mouse buttons, because you can map keys to each button.

Once you start this tool it will load in the system taskbar, right-click this program icon and select Setup.

This will open the main setup where you can configure the action of every mouse button.


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Since I want to remap the middle button, I will go to Middle button and select Launch Application from the list.

Apart from the Run Application option, there are plenty of other options too. You can get a glimpse of few options in the screenshot above. Once you select Run Application from the list, select the application that you want to open (in my case it was Firefox).


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Click OK, and finally click Apply before closing. Now every time you click the middle button, the application will load automatically. In my case I can open Firefox easily with middle button, it you are a geek like me, it can save you plenty of time. Enjoy!


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