The Logitech MX Master 3 mouse is one of the best options available for people who want to increase their productivity, but only once you start tweaking the settings. The problem is that most of us don’t know where to start, which means we haven’t even skimmed the surface of what the MX Master 3 is capable of.
In this article, we’ll show you some key customization features. This includes using gestures to expand the number of functions per button, assigning keyboard shortcuts to your mouse, and creating custom profiles for each app you use.
What you need to customize the MX Master 3
The MX Master 3 is a mouse that combines form with function. Its slim design includes an ergonomic support for your hand and has seven buttons, five of which are fully customizable (the right and left click cannot be changed).
Once you have your MX Master 3 mouse in your hands, don’t waste time setting it up because there’s so much more it can do once you’ve downloaded the free companion software.
At the moment there are two official Logitech apps for customization, which can be confusing. One is called Logitech Options and the other is called Logi Options+. Both do essentially the same thing at this point, but eventually Logi Options+ will have new and updated features alongside a more user-friendly interface, so we recommend you download Logi Options+.
Currently, this software is only available for Windows 10 or later and macOS 10.15 or later. There is no official support for Linux users, which is disappointing. However, there is a workaround that you can read about on the Arch Linux wiki page.
1. Expand beyond 8 buttons using gestures
When using your MX Master 3 for the first time with the Logi Options+ software, you will notice that the buttons are already assigned functions. While these buttons are useful, you’ll quickly wish you had more room to add shortcuts or actions to use, and that’s where the gesture feature comes in handy.
Gestures work by combining a key press with moving the mouse up, down, left, or right. For example, you can hold down one of the side buttons and then move your mouse forward to perform an action like taking a screenshot.
To do this, in Logi Options+ click on the button with the inscription ratchet mode to bring up a sidebar menu of actions. Click on the menu gestures and click Windows Navigation to change it custom. This gives you four more options for assigning a function besides clicking.
To test this, let’s go ahead and set it up Hold + Move Up as our new gesture for taking a screenshot. After clicking on the heading, select screen capture from the recommendation list. This list changes depending on the button selected. So if you can’t find what you’re looking for, try typing something in the search bar.
The only other button you can’t use gestures on is the horizontal thumbwheel, but other than that, the gesture feature gives you a whopping 20 more places to assign a custom function.
2. Assign keyboard shortcuts to keys
A great place to start streamlining your workflow is with keyboard shortcuts. Logic Options+ lets you assign a keypress to a keypress or gesture, as we explained earlier. Not only does this reduce the number of button presses you need to use, but it also minimizes strain on your hands by reducing repetitive movements.
The most common abbreviation is Ctrl + C and Ctrl + V for copy and paste, which requires a total of four keystrokes. However, by assigning the shortcut to your mouse, that number is reduced to just two button clicks.
Less common keyboard shortcuts aren’t difficult to assign either, and there are plenty of Adobe Photoshop keyboard shortcuts to choose from if you’re not sure where to start.
As an example, let’s assign the long link Command+Shift+Option+E to a button – in Photoshop this is the shortcut to copy and paste all visible elements on your artboard into a new layer (macOS).
In Logi Options+, click and select one of the available buttons keyboard shortcuts. This will open a box where you can type the mentioned shortcut. When you’re done, just exit the program and the new shortcut should work now.
3. Set custom profiles for different apps
Finally, you can set custom shortcuts for the software you use. For example, the thumbwheel can change brush size in Photoshop, while in Premiere Pro it can scroll horizontally to navigate the editing timeline.
Logitech has already pre-built several profiles for you, including all the different Adobe Cloud Apps and Microsoft Office software. But that is by no means the limit; You can create custom profiles for any software you want.
To change an existing profile, select the app icon at the top right of the Logi Options+ home screen, then make changes to the button as usual. If you can’t see the app you’re looking for, you need to create a profile by clicking plus (+) Characters at the other end of the app icon list. This brings up a side menu of all the applications it recognizes on your computer.
If the app is also missing from this list, scroll to the bottom of the menu and click on it Add another application to search for the desired software. Do you want to delete the profile and start over? Just hover over the app icon and click the X to erase it.
Abbreviations are just the tip of the iceberg. You can also set a button to open an app, toggle pointer speed, close a window, open a folder or file, navigate back/forward, and more.
MX Master 3: A boon to productivity and workflow
To get the most out of the MX Master 3 mouse, you need to download Logi Options+. Once you’ve done that, you can add a gesture to give you secondary functions and assign your favorite keyboard shortcuts to your mouse. To take it a step further, try optimizing mouse buttons for a specific software you are using.
On the surface, the MX Master 3 appears to only have seven buttons, but the addition of Logitech software really takes this mouse to a whole new level of customization. These customization features can really streamline your productivity workflow.