XMouse Button Control (XMBC) allows you to create application and window specific profiles. This in turn, allows you to re-configure your mouse behaviour for individual applications or windows. For each profile you can also configure up to 5 'layers' of different button configurations which you can switch between using hot-keys or mouse buttons.

By default, profiles are automatically activated as the mouse moves over the defined window or application.
This has many uses, for example:

  • Changing the behaviour of the mouse over certain windows, such as making the mouse wheel change volume when hovering over the system tray or you-tube video.
  • In games which do not natively support the extended, 4th and 5th mouse buttons, you can map keys to each button.

XMBC allows you to change the behaviour of the mouse buttons and scroll wheel. The extensive list of functions available to map to your mouse buttons includes options such as:

  • Send any keys using the 'simulated keystrokes' editor
  • Launch any windows application
  • Clipboard control (Copy/Cut/Paste)
  • Media control (Play/Pause/Stop/Volume/Mute etc.)
  • Capture screen (or active window) image to clipboard
  • Click-Drag [Sticky buttons/keys]
  • Click-Drag [Sticky buttons/keys]
  • Various support for specific Windows operating systems, such as Flip3D in Vista, ModernUI/Metro in Windows 8 and Virtual Desktops in Windows 10!
  • And much, much more

X-Mouse Button Control currently supports Windows XP, 2003, 2003 R2, Vista, 2008, 2008 R2, 7, 8, 2012, 8.1, 2012 R2 and 10. It was originally designed to run natively on x64 editions of Windows but it is fully supported on 32bit editions too! The installation determines what version is required (x64 or x86) automatically during installation.

Installation/Upgrade Information

The installer will automatically close an existing instance of XMBC so you do not need to close or un-install an old version before installing the latest.

XMouse Button Control is configured to run automatically when you log on to Windows.
This can be changed using MSConfig or the start-up tab in Task Manager on Windows 8 or later.


  • A mouse and driver that supports 5 buttons. Note: If your mouse has 5 buttons but the 4th and 5th buttons don't do anything in by default - then XMBC may not be for you. This software relies on the driver to send the default 4th and 5th mouse button messages which usually default to BACK/NEXT in browsers and other programs. Having said that you can still remap the standard 2 buttons and scroll wheel.
  • A compatible version of Microsoft Windows. X-Mouse Button Control supports all 32bit (x86) and 64bit (x64) editions of Windows from Windows XP to 10, including Windows Server editions

What's New:

  • Fixed broken actions Snap Window Left/Right/Up/Down on Windows 10.
  • Fixed broken scrolling on elevated windows when running as normal user.
  • Fixed bug causing layer auto switch to fail on non-default profiles.
  • Updated donate URL for the PayPal button on the About screen.
  • Sometimes the profile is not highlighted in the Setup screen.
  • Add config button next to action drop-down for action configuration.
  • Add button actions to lock the mouse axis.
  • Sort and group button actions in similar categories by default.
  • Fixed a problem with Run Application failing when repeatedly called very quickly.
  • Fixed miss-aligned text for the brightness tags in simulated keystrokes window.
  • Updated the min/max range of the hook timeout option in Advanced Settings..
  • Added change log when asking if you want to upgrade to a new version of XMBC.
  • Added Enhance Pointer Precision option (same as mouse control panel).
  • Changed "Search Selected Text" to "Web Search Selected Text".
  • Changed "Search Charm (WIN+Q)" to "Cortana Search" on Windows 10.
  • Fixed the width of some number spin boxes on the advanced tab that were not wide enough.
  • Added missing translations.
  • Improved settings layout to fit on smaller screens.
  • Debug icon does not show until XMBC is disabled/enabled.
  • Debug icon looks wrong on high DPI screens.
  • Add copy & swap layer options.
  • Copying profiles misses mouse chording options (and some other scrolling and navigation options).
  • Fixed issue with chrome desktop windows not scrolling as expected.
  • Fixed issue with the double click action not working when mouse buttons are swapped.
  • Fixed issues found when copying profiles (incorrectly changing to source profile)
  • ALT-TAB sends {CTRL}{ALT}{TAB} which does nothing on XP, 7, only works on Windows 8 and 10!
  • Added option to enable/disable all notifications (except for update notifications!)
  • Added mouse button chording, allowing you to combine buttons to perform additional actions.
  • Added Brightness control simulated keystrokes (for people whose computers support brightness control)
  • Problem with simulated {PAUSE} in RDP. Added {CTRLBREAK} and {BREAK}
  • Fixed a bug with Scroll window right action.
  • Added workaround for Back/Forward not working in Edge!
  • Changed the default for "Load US English Keyboard layout" to false (off).
  • Modified the code to launch processes from a separate, low priority thread to prevent locking up.
  • Modified the code to try and prevent crashes reported by the runtime crash reporter.