Mouse gestures can save time in daily life. It can be used in your web browser. Here’s how.
You probably spend a lot of time on your browser every day. It’s all good for saving time, and therefore productivity, on a daily basis. A trick to save a few seconds: a file mouse gestures. These buttons can replace standard buttons and other shortcuts to go forward or back a page, close a tab, refresh the page, etc. To understand how it works, the easiest way is to try.
Opera is one of the browsers that natively supports mouse gestures. To take advantage of it, click on the “Easy Setup” button at the top right, then click on “Go to full browser settings.” Next, “Advanced” and then “Features”. There, click on “Enable Mouse Gestures”.
You can click Learn More to see the available shortcuts and Configure Shortcuts to customize them. To start using a gesture, you must hold down the right mouse button: by default, you can swipe left to go back to the page, right to go forward or down to close the current tab. Another useful gesture is to right-click on a link and then swipe down with your mouse to open it in a new tab.
Another browser that natively integrates mouse gestures. It is stored in the settings. Then choose Mouse and activate Enable Gestures. Some gestures are listed on the screen, and like in Opera you have to hold down the right mouse button and then perform the gesture.
Right-clicking and swiping down will open a new tab, for example, while right-clicking and swiping up and then reopening the last closed tab. The buttons at the bottom of the menu allow you to add, remove, and customize gestures. You can also use the slider to adjust the sensitivity of gesture detection. If you want, you can also click “Restore default gestures” when needed.
Chrome and Edge
As useful as mouse gestures can be, none of these two popular browsers have embraced them. So you will have to go through a third party extension. For Google Chrome, one of the best options is CrxMouse Chrome Gestures, which you can use for free. Once added to your browser, you will have a short game to learn the many supported games (or you can watch the video tutorial).
Click the CrxMouse Chrome Gestures button in the toolbar for your active gestures. Each of these settings can be changed as needed, and the extension has its own set of settings: you can change everything from the mouse pointer to the sensitivity of gesture detection. And since Microsoft Edge is built on the Chromium engine, just like Google Chrome, you can use CrxMouse Chrome Gestures on Edge as well.
If you use Mozilla Firefox on a daily basis, you need the free Gesturefy extension. Once installed, click on its icon in the toolbar to see the available gestures – as always, you have to hold down the right button before making the gesture -. Click on a particular gesture to see how it works and, if necessary, modify the action performed. You can also click New Gesture to create your own.
On the Settings tab, you can configure a number of aspects related to how Gesturefy works in Firefox. You can, for example, change the button that activates the gesture, and set a disable switch to temporarily disable gestures when pressed. In the extensions, you can assign more gestures with other combinations, including the wheel. And in the Exceptions tab, you can decide to disable the extension on certain sites.
Mouse gestures are not natively supported by Apple’s Safari browser, and unfortunately you don’t have many options when it comes to third-party extensions. Mouse gestures in Safari are free. Once installed, open the Safari menu, choose Preferences & Extensions to change the configuration, adjust detection sensitivity and decide how gestures are displayed on the screen.
There are several similar tools for all macOS devices, including Safari, instead of being restricted to the browser: Mouse Gestures, MacGesture, xGestures (inspired by Opera’s mouse gesture support). Perhaps these options are better than Mouse Gestures for the Safari extension. Or maybe it will make you decide to switch to a browser that supports it.