I have a simple Logitech mouse with 2 buttons and central wheel button.

The central button opens some accessories (calculator and so on). I would like this button to open new links in chrome (as it does on Windows and Linux). Is there a way to configure that?

I've tried Logitech control center, but it can't find the attached mouse.


This is not a feature provided by OSX.

  • If you want to open a link in a new tab you +click the link.
  • This also works with the URL-bar and search box using +.

Knowing this, you can assign the +click action to the scrolling wheel click using the free software BetterTouchTool.

I've successfully done this:

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  • Works like a charm. How come this isn't implemented in OSX natively? – Adam Matan Mar 8 '12 at 13:18
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    Dunno. Probably because the only apple device that has a middle mouse button is the magic mouse? – gentmatt Mar 8 '12 at 13:23
  • Button 3 used to function as a Command-Click. – CyberSkull Nov 13 '12 at 9:13
  • If you cannot configure the click because a gesture (like expose) is overriding the click then go to System pref -> Mission Control and in the lower part (Keyboard and mouse shortcut) make sure to leave a blank ( - ) in the mouse shortcut menu. – Manfredo Aug 30 '17 at 14:05
  • Normal Mouse <3 – Henrik Erlandsson Feb 6 '19 at 10:01

You can set the center mouse button or any other button to open links in a new tab in Logitech Control Center.

Just change the Assigned action of the "Switch Application Button" or "Center Mouse" button to "Advanced click." Under the "Configure Advanced Click" tab, select "click" under click type and select the "⌘" modifier.

Screenshot here

Easy Peasy

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    Works perfectly, and you don't have to pay for BetterTouchTool – vicenteherrera Apr 6 '16 at 11:16

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