How to Reassign Mouse Buttons on Windows 10

How to Reassign Mouse Buttons on Windows 10

It is not easy to reassign keyboard keys, but it can be done by using third-party software. Usually, a mouse has two buttons & one scroll. These three may not require reassigning or remapping. A mouse with six or more buttons can be customized for an easy work process & smooth flow. This article on remapping mouse buttons to keyboard keys will help you reassign mouse buttons on Windows 10.

You can remap your mouse buttons to various settings like:

  • You can use the default settings on your device to reverse the button functions.
  • You can also disable your mouse button to avoid accidental touch.
  • Also, you can assign macros to the mouse buttons using Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard Center.

Note: Macros are nothing but a series of events, like delays, keypress, and mouse clicks, to perform a function in repeat mode.

How to Reassign Mouse Buttons on Windows 10

How to Reassign Mouse Buttons on Windows 10

Following are the methods to reassign or remap mouse buttons to keyboard keys.

Option 1: Reverse Mouse Buttons

If you are not a right-handed person, then you would prefer swapping the functions of mouse buttons. Here’s how to reassign mouse buttons in Windows 10 PCs:

1. Press the Windows + I keys simultaneously to open Windows Settings.

2. Then, select Devices settings, as shown.

Choose Devices from the given tile.

3. Go to the Mouse settings menu from the left pane.

Go to the Mouse tab on the left pane. How to Reassign Mouse Buttons on Windows 10

4. Select your primary button from the drop-down menu as Left or Right, as depicted below.

Click on the Select your primary button dropdown and choose the Right option.

This will reassign mouse functions from the left button to the right.

Also Read: Fix Mouse Wheel Not Scrolling Properly

Option 2: Reassign Across all Apps

Note: Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard Center works only for Microsoft mice and keyboards.

Using Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard Center, you can reassign or remap mouse buttons to keyboard keys as follows:

1. Download Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard Center compatible with your Windows PC from the Microsoft official website.

download Microsoft mouse and keyboard center from official website

2. Then, run the downloaded setup file by double-clicking on it to install the program.

Download Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard Center. How to Reassign Mouse Buttons on Windows 10

3. Wait for Windows to extract the files then, automatically install the program.

Extract and launch the application on your device.

4. Now, Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard Center app will run automatically, as shown.

 Launch Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard Center on your PC. How to remap mouse buttons

5. Click on basic settings.

6. Choose the option Click (default) given under the Left button as shown highlighted.

click on Click Default under left button in basic settings for Microsoft mouse and keyboard center. How to Reassign Mouse Buttons on Windows 10

7. Choose the command for various options under the following heads as per your requirements:

  • Most-used commands,
  • Gaming commands,
  • Browser commands,
  • Document commands,
  • Key commands, and others.

Also Read: How to Disable Mouse Acceleration in Windows 10

Option 3: Reassign for Specific Program

You can reassign mouse buttons in Windows 10 for specific applications too.

Note: The program or Windows OS should not be run as administrator for the commands to work for a specific program.

1. Hit the Windows key, type Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard Center, and click on Open.

launch Microsoft mouse and keyboard center from Windows search bar. How to Reassign Mouse Buttons on Windows 10

2. Go to App-specific settings and click on the Add New button shown highlighted.

go to App specific settings and select Add new button in Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard center app

3. Choose the desired Program from the list.

Note: Click on the Manually Add a Program at the bottom, if your desired program is not in the list.

4. Now, in the button command list, select a command.

Hereon, you can open this specific program with the newly assigned button. Hence in this way, you can reassign mouse buttons on Windows 10. Easy, isn’t it?

Option 4: How to Set Macros for Mouse Buttons

You can also set a new macro for a mouse button using Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard Center as explained below:

1. Launch Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard Center by searching for it as before.

launch Microsoft mouse and keyboard center from Windows search bar. How to Reassign Mouse Buttons on Windows 10

2. Under basic settings, click on the Wheel button as shown.

go to basic settings and select wheel button in Microsoft mouse and keyboard center

3. Choose Macro from the list.

4. Click on the Create a new Macro button as shown.

click on create a new macro in Macros menu for basic settings on Microsoft mouse and keyboard center

5. Type the name for the macro in the Name: field.

6. In the Editor: section, press the keys needed for the macro.

Note: You can also choose from the Special Keys section displayed on the screen.

For example: Enter Y and choose right-click on the mouse from the special keys below. This combination will perform the wheel button task here onwards. This is how to remap mouse buttons to keyboard keys on Windows 10 PCs.

Also Read: Fix Logitech Mouse Double Click Problem

Option 5: How to Repeat Macros for Mouse Buttons

You can also make a macro repeat itself unless it is stopped by the user. Ways to stop repeating action of the macro include:

  • switching between applications,
  • or, pressing another macro button.

Follow the given steps to set macros in repeat mode:

1. Launch Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard Center and navigate to basic settings > Wheel button as earlier.

go to basic settings and select wheel button in Microsoft mouse and keyboard center

2. Choose Macro on the next page.

3. Click on the pencil icon i.e. Edit Macro icon to edit the previously created macro.

click on pencil icon or edit macro icon in available macros menu for basic settings sections on Microsoft mouse and keyboard center

4. Turn the toggle On for Repeat mode to enable it till stopped.

Note: If you choose the Toggle option in Repeat mode, press the assigned keys to start or stop the macro. 

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How to Disable Mouse Buttons

Moreover, Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard Center allows you to disable a specific mouse button. Here’s how you can do so:

1. Open Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard Center and go to basic settings.

2. Click on the option Click (default) under the Left button, as shown.

click on Click Default under left button in basic settings for Microsoft mouse and keyboard center

3. Choose the command titled Disable this button to disable it.

Also Read: How to Fix Mouse Lag on Windows 10

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q1. Is there any third-party tool to remap and customize mouse buttons?

Ans. Some famous tools to remap and customize mouse buttons are:

  • X-Mouse Button Control,
  • Mouse Manager,
  • HydraMouse,
  • ClickyMouse, and
  • AutoHotKey.

Q2. Do changes made through Microsoft keyboard and mouse center applied to all applications?

Ans. Yes, it gets applied to all the applications if the changes are made in basic settings unless you give gaming command to that button. You can also reassign buttons for specific programs.

Q3. Can all the mouse buttons be reassigned?

Ans. No, specialized buttons in some models cannot be reassigned. The user has to work with their default functions.

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We hope that this guide helped you to reassign, remap or disable mouse buttons in Windows 10 desktops or laptops. If you have any queries/suggestions regarding this article, then feel free to drop them in the comments section.

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Elon is a tech writer at TechCult. He's been writing how-to guides for about 6 years now and has covered many topics. He loves to cover topics related to Windows, Android, and the latest tricks and tips.

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