Why You Need 10 Buttons Mouse

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Why you need a mouse with more than 5 buttons?

You want to be able to press a button on mouse to: Copy cut paste, switch tab, close tab, back, forward, zoom in/out. You don't want to move your hand back to keyboard and press key combinations.

Here is commands we use frequently. Roughly in order of importance:

That's 13 commands. Need 13 buttons.

Then, there's desire. You desire:

Tips for Button Assignment

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There are more commands for operating a {computer, app, game} than there are mouse buttons. So, you'll have to make some choice. Here's some tips in button assignment.

First of all, the most important tip for assigning buttons is to put the most frequently used function to the most easy-to-press buttons.

What is most need command depends on the game/app you play, and your own preference.

For general browsing web, the most needed commands are, roughly from most needed to least:

Here is some tips.

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