Registry entries for mouse buttons

Posted on 2006-04-28
Last Modified: 2011-09-20
Sorry, I don't know whether to ask this question under Hardware>Mouse or under OS>Win XP.
Way back when I was fluent in DOS and fearless enough to mess with my Registry, mice first came out with three buttons and you could configure the middle button as a double-click by editing a value in the Windows Registry.
Since then, Logitech (bless 'em) have come out with Mouseware, which takes most of the pain out of configuring mice. However, I am still using a (Logitech three-button) Serial port mouse on a recent, decent Win XP computer. And Logitech say that the current version of Mouseware for XP does not support Serial mice.
Now, I could just go out and buy a PS/2 or a USB mouse, but what I would rather do is to tweak whatever I have to tweak to configure the middle button of my perfectly adequate Serial mouse as a double-click (you won't believe how much more quickly you can clean up when playing Solitaire if you have a double-click button :-).
Does anybody remember what I have to do? Is this still possible?
Question by:obuckley
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    I am not currently logged into WinXP right now (rather, I'm using WinME on my multibooting computer) but I found this page linked to below.  It doesn't say whether or not that registry key is in WinXP's registry.  But you can look to see if it is and trying tweaking it if so:

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    This sounded very promising, Lee, but unfortunately it did not work.
    I got as far as HKLM\SOFTWARE\Logitech\Mouseware\CurrentVersion\ but there is no SerialV option, or anything similar. Moreover, I went through every value in every option under HKLM\Software\Logitech and there is nothing vaguely similar to a value for Double Click as it says in the article you reference. If it helps, I am using version of the English version of Mouseware.

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    I didn't understand what you need but to monitor reg keys as they are used by any software use:

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    Thanks for your link, Noam.
    I don't understand why it would be useful to me in the particular case of my question, but then if you didn't understand what I needed, perhaps that would explain it :)

    To re-iterate: I used to do more or less exactly what is described in Lee Tutor's link i.e. find a particular registry key which contained mouse button functions. This key used to contain a line marked something along the lines of "Middle button" whose value was by default "000". By changing this to a value of "001" the previously inactive middle mouse button would become a Double-click button, i.e. if you press it once, you effectively double-click whatever the cursor was pointing at at the time.

    Now maybe what you are saying is that I can use Regmon to detect where in the registry anything happens when I click a mouse button and I can use that information to see if there is any such line and value as I describe above. Is all that really necessary? Is that even what you meant? And if not, what did you mean?
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    Yes it is what I meant.
    You can use "iddle" in the "include" edit box of regmon which will show you only key being used with "iddle" in them.

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