Getting Dell PU705 Bluetooth Travel Mouse working in Ubuntu

By | October 23, 2015

pu705So the mouse works out of the box which is great but I wanted to customize some of the button. This device has 4 extra buttons. The wheel not only scrolls up and down, but you can click it left and click it right. There are also 2 extra buttons near the thumb.

Out of the box it allows users to go forward and backwards when browsing the web. I wanted to customize this to jumping between browser tabs. The default keyboard settings only provides a standard set of customization.

default keyboard configs

The ability to do Ctrl+Tab or Ctrl+Shift+Tab was not available. After hours of searching and trying our various methods, this is the quickest and easiest method I found.

Install 2 additional packages.

sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager
sudo apt-get install xdotool

Compiz Config Settings Manager is a configuration tool for Compiz. (Compiz itself is a compositing manager, enhancing the overall user interaction by adding fancy effects to your windows, from drop shadows to awesome desktop effects.

Xdotools lets you simulate keyboard input and mouse activity, move and resize windows, etc. It does this using X11’s XTEST extension and other Xlib functions. (

Open up Compiz Config Settings Manager by typing in


Go to General > Commands and enter

xdotool key Ctrl+Shift+Tab


Then bind the mouse buttons to these commands.

button binding

And there you have it. It is not the only solution, but it is one solution that I found quick, easy and effective.


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