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Mouse Gestures Vs The Five Button Mouse

October 20th, 2008

Opera's native mouse gesture capabilities originally introduced me to gestures (mouse gestures basically let you control functionality through mouse button click combinations and mouse strokes). I used Firefox's mouse gesture plug-in for a while, but after acquiring a five button mouse and using browsers with five button support I find mouse gestures useless.

In a browser (and some versions of Windows Explorer) with a five button mouse you get:

  • Back and Forward capabilities (the left and right most buttons)
  • Open in new tab capabilities (clicking the scroll wheel)
  • The standard functionality via the remaining buttons

Do you use mouse gestures or a five button mouse?

Author: Adam Kahtava Categories: Ergonomics Tags:
  1. October 20th, 2008 at 16:12 | #1

    I never used gestures – I never really saw their appeal. The idea of pressing a button and wiggling it around. I had to do that a lot when playing Indigo Prophecy and it sucked. So yeah, I never got into mouse gestures.

    In absence of a 5 button mouse I’d use keyboard shortcuts (like Ctrl+arrows) for back and forward, and F5 for refresh.

  2. October 20th, 2008 at 16:13 | #2

    recently got a 5-button mouse. Unfortunately I haven’t taken advantage of the extra buttons yet.. Probably that will come, but for now I’m still a mouse gestures guy.

  3. October 20th, 2008 at 16:13 | #3

    I’m a keyboard shortcut kind of guy. I use the middle wheel button for opening tabs but that’s it. Mouse gestures have always seemed unnatural to me. My MBP has the support for three finger swiping etc. but honestly I never use it.

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