Five (Four?) Customizable Buttons
In addition to the standard left, right, and wheel buttons, the Microsoft Wireless Laser Mouse 5000 also has left and right side buttons. Using the IntelliPoint software that comes bundled with the mouse, you can customize the commands assigned to each button.
As I mentioned in the previous section, the right side button is assigned to the magnifier, and this button is very accessible. In fact, it’s so easy to click on this button that I’ve almost thrown the mouse across the room a couple of times. At first, I thought I would just have to get used to the button placement and, eventually, I would stop accidentally clicking it while navigating the mouse.
After several hours of use, I was still clicking the button by mistake at least once every couple of minutes. I ended up opening the IntelliPoint application and just disabling that button completely. If you already have purchased the mouse and are having the same problems, this process is very easy. Once you open the software, go to the Buttons tab and you’ll be able to change the default button assignments. Just pick Disabled for Right side button, and your sanity will return shortly. In short, even though the device is advertised as having five customizable buttons, my particular mouse will only have four since I plan to keep that right side button permanently disabled because of its awkward position. Still, that’s one more button than I’m used to, and I might even think about re-assigning the magnify command to the left side button. Then, I’d still have that functionality without the annoying side effects.