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Stupid Geek Tricks: Use Both Laptop Mouse Buttons to Simulate Middle-Click

Most people know that you can use the middle mouse button to click on links in any browser to open the page in a new tab, but sadly not all laptops come with a middle mouse button—but you can simulate it on most laptops by using both buttons at the same time.

Note: You can also hold down the Ctrl key while clicking on a link in your browser to open it up in a new tab. Go ahead, hold down Ctrl and click here. It works!

Simulate Middle-Click

Most of the modern laptops out there support this feature—simply move your mouse over a link and click both buttons at the same time to open the link in a new tab. You can test it yourself: move your mouse over this link and press both buttons at the same time.

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Changing the Double-Button Pushing Settings

We’re using a Dell laptop for the purposes of this illustration, but you should be able to go to the same place on any laptop to find the setting. Head into Mouse properties in Control Panel by searching the Control Panel for mouse.

Then click on the gigantic button.

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Head into Button Settings—note that some versions might look different, but the section is probably called something similar.

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And then you should find the setting for what happens when you press both buttons at the same time.

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And of course, you could customize this to something else if you want, or disable the feature entirely.

Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 08/25/10

Comments (5)

  1. Fish

    it seems that it works on Dell’s Driver only.
    I install the Synaptics Driver, but I cannot find any place to set the middle button.
    Anyone can help me?

  2. bemymonkey

    Or, the alternative for trackpoint users: Map the useless Context Menu key (the one between the right alt and crtl buttons) to middle click with AutoHotKey or some other key remapping software.

    @Fish, Autohotkey should work for your purposes too. Just define Lclick + Rclick = Mclick. :)

  3. bemymonkey

    I feel I should clarify: I use the context menu key remap with trackpoints because when I use a trackpoint, my little finger is always resting on that key anyway. Thumbs for the scroll button and left/right click, pinky on middle click (remapped menu key).

    :)

  4. Matthew

    I’m using a Dell laptop (Inspiron 1545), and it comes with an Alps touchpad. If you install the drivers from Dell, then this feature should be automatically enabled.

  5. AT--o

    Didn’t knew that.

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