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59 minutes ago, CJ Randolph said:

It would be handy if I could bind "keyboard" shortcuts to some of my extra mouse buttons. The buttons are just sitting around doing nothing, and I could put a tool or two on them.

Are you talking about a mouse with more than two buttons and a wheel?

I think this is something the mouse driver or a mouse utility software has to take care of. How could Serif tell, which mouse buttons are available? I think some Logitech and some gamer mice have this.

Cheers,
d.

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That's exactly what I'm talking about, quite common for gaming, business, and home purposes for at least a decade now. All of these buttons are also already recognized on the operating system level and are exposed through standard interface APIs. And Affinity wouldn't have to detect which buttons were available, only be able to use the signals it's already receiving. I'm not asking Serif to write mouse drivers; that's already been taken care of.

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39 minutes ago, CJ Randolph said:

That's exactly what I'm talking about, quite common for gaming, business, and home purposes for at least a decade now. All of these buttons are also already recognized on the operating system level and are exposed through standard interface APIs. And Affinity wouldn't have to detect which buttons were available, only be able to use the signals it's already receiving. I'm not asking Serif to write mouse drivers; that's already been taken care of.

Re-read dominik's reply.

 

1 hour ago, dominik said:

mouse utility software has to take care of.

Check out the mouse's software and apply the tool short cuts to the mouse buttons in that.

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59 minutes ago, CJ Randolph said:

All of these buttons are also already recognized on the operating system level and are exposed through standard interface APIs.

This is something I am not quite sure of but you may know more about this than I do.

After thinking about the topic I recalled the mention of a freeware that seems to do this with any mouse:

https://www.highrez.co.uk/downloads/xmousebuttoncontrol.htm

It's on Windows only, but maybe worth a try?

d.

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  • 2 years later...

Windows natively supports mice with up to five buttons: left, middle (the mouse wheel button), and right, plus two additional buttons called XBUTTON1 and XBUTTON2.  The Windows Messages that need to be handled are listed here.  Bloated mouse utility software (which add latency) shouldn't be required to support those two extra buttons.

I would love to be able to shift those horrible so-called 'shortcuts' which require a simultaneous left click + right click over to the additional buttons.  Getting the timing right and avoiding context menu popups is a pain.

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