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I have created a shortcut for Launchpad using the keyboard, but cannot figure out how to make one for the 4th button on my mouse. This would eliminate the need for even using the dock...for the most part.

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What kind of mouse are you using? Does it come with its own Preferences pane or setup application (Logitech models usually do for instance)? – patrix Nov 14 '11 at 9:59
It's an off brand from Office Max :) no software for this one. – SkinnyG33k Nov 16 '11 at 23:32
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One option would be to use BetterTouchTool:

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