Map or disable mouse buttons 4 and 5 on Windows
Mouse Manager is a free program for Microsoft Windows devices that gives you full control over the functionality of the mouse buttons 4 and 5.
Especially gaming mice tend to come with a lot of buttons that you can map all kinds of in-game actions to.
Buttons four and five are called side or thumb buttons as they are often attached to the side of the mouse and controlled with thumb activity.
Windows maps forward and backward navigation to these buttons by default which you can use in web browsers and some other programs.
There is no obvious way to map other functionality to mouse buttons; Windows does not include a tool that you may use to map different functionality to the mouse. Some manufacturers include mouse software that you may use for the purpose.
Mouse Manager is a third-party program to map or disable the mouse buttons 4 and 5 on Windows devices.
The program requires the Microsoft .Net Framework 4 or higher, and needs to be installed before it can be run. The interface is pretty straightforward; switch to the profiles tab and click on the add button to create a new mouse profile for the connected mouse.
The application limits control to buttons 4 and 5 which you can either disable by clicking on the x-icon next to them on the profile configuration page or by typing a key or a sequence of keys that you want to map to the button. You could use it to execute a series of keys in rapid succession or write something to the screen.
Mouse Manager does not support any special actions or programs; you cannot map actions like volume up or down, the loading of a program, or shutting down of the system to the mouse button.
While that is fairly restrictive, most users may not need the extra functionality. I for one selected to disable the buttons as I never use them and hit them accidentally once or twice a year.
You can create multiple profiles and switch between those profiles from the application's system tray icon.
An advanced version of Mouse Manager, called Advanced Mouse Manager, is available as well. It is not free but adds features such as application profiles which switches profiles automatically for you in the background.
Mouse Manager needs to run in the background and uses about 11 Megabytes of memory while it does so on a 64-bit version of Windows.
Mouse Manager is a handy program for Windows users who want to disable mouse buttons 4 and 5, or map them to different functionality.
If you want even more control, try the excellent X-Mouse Button Control.