I was looking for an application that gave me lots of freedom when configuring the actions of the buttons of my Logitech mouse. I'm not a huge fan of bloated software packages that are supplied by the hardware manufacturers. I was looking for something small, resource friendly and fast.
X-Mouse Button Control was that application. It runs on 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows XP, 2003 and Windows Vista and is using roughly 2 Megabytes when running in the background. The main purpose - better my purpose - of using that software is to add functions to a fourth and fifth mouse button. It would not make much sense to change the left, middle or right mouse button because they are already reserved for important Windows functions.
You can configure buttons to launch applications, issue specific Windows commands or simulate keystrokes. It could be configured to open the email application, web browser or a text document but also to switch to windows or cut, copy and paste text.
It's very versatile and can simulate almost everything on the computer. Another excellent feature is the ability to create mouse layouts for specific applications. This would make it possible to use customized actions for selected applications. You could set copy and paste to the fourth and fifth mouse button in a text editor and load a playlist or video in your favorite media player. One thing that's missing is the option to set actions for the mouse wheel as well but that's the only criticism that I have.
Update The program has been updated several times since our initial review. It is compatible with all recent versions of Windows, including Windows 7 and the soon to be released Windows 8. It is an excellent alternative to often bloated native mouse control software that mouse manufacturers offer.
Update 2: We have published an updated review of X-Mouse Button Control that you can access by following the link.
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