The Logitech MX Master 3 mouse is one of the best options available for people who want to improve their productivity, but only once you start customizing the settings. The problem is, most of us don’t know where to start, which means we haven’t even scratched 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 increase 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 and function. Its sleek design includes an ergonomic support for your hand and it has seven buttons, five of which are fully customizable (right and left clicks cannot be changed).
Once you have your MX Master 3 mouse in your hands, waste no time setting it up because it can do so much more once you download the free companion software.
At the moment, there are two official Logitech apps for customization, which can get confusing. One is called Logitech Options, and the other is called Logi Options+. They both do essentially the same thing at this point, but eventually Logi Options+ will have new and updated features alongside a friendlier user interface, so we recommend downloading Logi+ options.
Currently, this software is only available for Windows 10 or later and macOS 10.15 or later. For Linux users, there is no official support, which is disappointing. However, there is a workaround which you can read on the Arch Linux wikipage.
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 already have functions assigned to them. While these buttons are useful, you’ll quickly wish you had even more room to add shortcuts or actions to use, and that’s where the gesture feature comes in handy.
Gestures work by combining a button press with moving the mouse up, down, left, or right. For example, you can press and hold one of the side buttons, then move your mouse forward to perform an action like taking a screenshot.
To do this in Logi Options+, click on the button that says Shift wheel mode to display a side menu of actions. In the menu, click Gestures and click on Windows Browsing to change it to Custom. This will give you four additional options for assigning a function, in addition to single click.
To test this, let’s go ahead and set Hold + Raise like our new gesture to take a screenshot. After clicking on the title, choose Screenshot from the recommended list. This list changes depending on which button you choose, so if you can’t find what you’re looking for, try typing in the search bar.
The only other button you can’t use gestures on is the horizontal thumb scroll wheel, but aside from that, using the gesture feature will give you an additional 20 slots to assign a custom function.
2. Assign Keyboard Shortcuts to Buttons
Keyboard shortcuts are a great way to start streamlining your workflow. Using Logic Options+, you can assign a keystroke to a button press or a gesture, as we explained earlier. This not only reduces the number of key presses you need to use, but minimizes strain on your hands by reducing repetitive motions.
The most common shortcut is CTRL+C and Ctrl+V to copy and paste, which requires four key presses in total. But assigning the shortcut to your mouse reduces that number to just two button clicks.
Less common shortcuts aren’t hard to assign either, and there are plenty of Adobe Photoshop keyboard shortcuts to choose from if you don’t know where to start.
For example, let’s assign the long shortcut Command + Shift + Option + E one-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 on one of the available buttons and select the Keyboard shortcut. This will open up a space for you to type in the shortcut we mentioned. Once you’re done, just quit the program and the new shortcut should now work.
3. Define custom profiles for different applications
Finally, you can define custom shortcuts for the specific software you are using. The thumb scroll wheel, for example, can change brush size in Photoshop, while in Premiere Pro it can scroll horizontally to navigate the editing timeline.
Already, Logitech has several preset profiles for you, including all the different Adobe Cloud Apps and Microsoft Office software. But this is by no means the limit; you can create custom profiles for any software you want.
To edit an existing profile, select the app icon at the top right of the Logi Options+ home screen, then edit the button as usual. If you don’t see the app you are looking for, you will need to create a profile by clicking on the plus (+) sign at the end of the app icon list. This will bring up a side menu with all the apps it recognizes on your computer.
If the app is also missing from this list, scroll to the bottom of the menu and click Add another app to search for the desired software. Want to delete the profile and start over? Simply hover over the app icon and click the X to delete it.
Shortcuts 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 backward/forward, and more.
MX Master 3: a boon for productivity and workflow
To get the most out of the MX Master 3 mouse, you will 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 changing the mouse buttons for specific software you use.
On the surface, the MX Master 3 appears to only have seven buttons, but the additional Logitech software really takes this mouse to a whole new level of customization. With these customization features, you can really start refining your productivity workflow.