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Mouse Gestures

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rapid execution of common browser commands with mouse movements

What are mouse gestures?

Mouse Gestures are a fast way to execute commands without using the keyboard, menus or toolbars. Instead, the user holds down a mouse button (usually the right one), moves the mouse in a certain way to form a gesture, then releases the mouse button.

In web browsers like Mozilla Firefox or the Mozilla Suite, gestures are used to go back or forward a page, switch between tabs, open multiple links at once, control text or image size, and numerous other functions.

However, gestures are in no way limited to browsers: the Mouse Gestures extension also supports Mozilla Thunderbird, Mail and News (Mozilla's built-in email client) and Chatzilla.

Mouse Gesture examples

Below is a selection of the wide range of gesture functions. All screen shots were taken with the optional feature "mouse trails" enabled, to illustrate how the mouse was moved. To see a list of other default gestures, visit our Supported Gestures page.

Back (Left):
Goes back a page in the browsing history.
Forward (Right):
Goes one page forward in the browsing history.
Close Tab/Window (Down-Right):
Closes the active tab, or if there is only one tab, the window.
New Tab (Up):
Opens the link crossed by the gesture in a new tab. If there is no such link, an empty tab is opened.
New Window (Down):
Opens the link crossed by the gesture in a new browser window. If there is no such link, an empty window is opened.
Open links in tabs (end with Right-Up-Left):
Making any gesture ending with a straight Right-Up-Left movement opens all crossed links in tabs.

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