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December 29, 2007 11:22 AM   Subscribe

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posted by nickyskye (12 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

 
Open a New Tab in a Tabbed Browser. If you use a tabbed browser, click your scroll wheel once on a link to open it in a new tab.

Glad I stopped in. Good tip, nickskye!
posted by humannaire at 11:38 AM on December 29, 2007 [1 favorite]


Opera has supported mouse gestures for years. Once you discover them, there's no going back and you find yourself doing stuff like the /right-click mousedown mouseright/ movement (close window) in all kinds of windows that don't but really should support mouse gestures.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 11:49 AM on December 29, 2007


Since you've linked Mouser, I hope I can be excused for linking my own program, Type to Click. I haven't had a whole lot of feedback about it yet, but I think it's a workable (although still slower) alternative to the mouse for those of us who find the keyboard more comfortable.
posted by teleskiving at 11:59 AM on December 29, 2007


Nice. Thanks.
posted by PareidoliaticBoy at 12:13 PM on December 29, 2007


Once you discover them, there's no going back

This is why I don't use Opera. It's just a gateway drug and I don't want to get hooked on that good stuff.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 12:32 PM on December 29, 2007 [1 favorite]


AH, I think I remember seeing Type To Click on Projects. Anyway, I have no problem with a relevant, comment-only self-link, but I'm not an admin.
posted by JHarris at 12:33 PM on December 29, 2007


Regarding mouse gestures, you can get software that will let you use them across all your programs. I used the unfortunately named StrokeIt for a while.

I have no problem with a relevant, comment-only self-link, but I'm not an admin

Actually, I'm sure it's fine - the "I hope I can be excused" stuff was just me being spineless.
posted by teleskiving at 12:44 PM on December 29, 2007


Brandon Blatcher: This is why I don't use Opera. It's just a gateway drug and I don't want to get hooked on that good stuff.

You don't believe everything that they tell you, do you, bro? Did you like know that less people die because of Opera than say beer and cigarettes every year? In fact, Opera could save the sanity and lives of thousands of people if it wasn't for the crusade against it. It's the truth, man. I tell you what, the latest version is on me *grins*.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 1:20 PM on December 29, 2007 [1 favorite]


I hope I can be excused for linking my own program, Type to Click.

Very interesting teleskiving. I've had an idea for a related application for a long time, but it isn't really my core skill set. The idea is to move and resize windows using the keyboard. First, with focus on the window to be moved/resized, you'd hit a hot key to create a grid overlay, or even a pop up. You would then use arrow keys (or whatever aliased keys, of course) to navigate to the upper right corner of the destination, hold down shift, and use arrow keys again to navigate to the lower left corner of the destination. When you release the shift key, bam, moved/resized window! Seems like something you could roll into Type to Click pretty easily :P
posted by Chuckles at 5:16 PM on December 29, 2007


Neat.
posted by Moistener at 6:12 PM on December 29, 2007


Opera has supported mouse gestures for years. Once you discover them, there's no going back

Not really. It's a love-or-hate thing. Any sort of mouse gesture system just brings back memories of the awkward and disappointing game Black & White. And I fail to see how right-click, drag down, drag right is faster or more intuitive than just hitting Ctrl+W.
posted by Foosnark at 9:17 AM on December 31, 2007


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