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Cycle Songs with Back/Forward Mouse Buttons

Submitted by pedro_cesar on February 15, 2010 to Usability

Nowadays many windows applications make use of most mouse buttons. WMP12 seems to be an exception. With the back and forward buttons on almost every single mouse being produced right now it would be nice to be able to cycle songs with them.

Link "Previous" and "Next" buttons in WMP with the Back and Forward buttons in the mouse respectively (It would be also nice if it worked on top of the Aero Peek).



Not fixed

Discussion (8 comments)

.Chris wrote on February 15, 2010, 7:12am

would work for mice that have more then 2 buttons ;)

nyp wrote on February 15, 2010, 10:24am

But what would happen when you press those back and forward buttons in a web browser? It's supposed to go back and forward but now it cycles through songs? >_>

Ensign Joe wrote on February 15, 2010, 11:14am

It will only cycle through songs when WMP has focus? But well.. this would make it useless. Or it could just cycle when you hover the WMP icon in taskbar but that's also stupid... hm Forward/Back when pressing Shift or Winkey? well... hmmm +/-0

pedro_cesar wrote on February 16, 2010, 11:04pm

I see where "Ensign Joe" comes from and he is right.

First: yes, it will only cycle when WMP has the focus, and it wouldn't be useless because even though you have the back and forward buttons right there (on the Play button sides) it is surely faster to press keys in your mouse than moving all the way to those buttons.

Second: Aero Peek takes some time to display the "peek" (for me it could actually be faster), so providing that feature would also be faster, but actually having it might be indeed useless (Kinda agree with you there).

Third: It should work by pressing the buttons with no Modifier Key (Perhaps this could be another function such as playlists and might help this other post: ). Although Mod keys may be used to improve it by giving access to the function even if WMP has no focus.

Comment edited on February 17, 2010, 4:03am

Zedo Mann wrote on February 19, 2010, 2:19am

Just get a Logitech Cordless Media Play Mouse:

It has back and forward buttons as well as Media control buttons. If you use it with the Logitech Software it works fine with any media player.

pedro_cesar wrote on February 19, 2010, 3:39am

Expensive mouse though. Not everyone can go to the store and grab a $115 dollar mouse.
Note that mostly everyone in this taskforce might, I would, but a lot of non-expert people that uses windows just wouldn't.

.Chris wrote on February 19, 2010, 3:53am

You can find a multi-button mouse for under $30. high end gaming ones with 16 buttons may cost $115

pedro_cesar wrote on February 20, 2010, 12:08am

Yes, that is what I meant, I was talking about Zedo Mann's mouse suggestion.

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