Learning to gesture with your mouse may seem awkward and takes a little practice; but once you master some of the basic gesture techniques, you will wonder how you managed without it.
How this works is like this… When you are using the Firefox browser, with FireGestures installed, you learn to use your mouse to perform navigation commands such as going back and forth from one web page to another, closing a page, reloading a page, minimizing/maximizing a window, etc… The commands are typically performed by holding down the right mouse button and dragging the mouse in predefined directions. As you drag the mouse, with FireGestures, you will see a line being drawn to provide a visual of the action you are performing.
FireGestures is loaded with numerous commands and options; however, I typically only use (3)-three of the basic commands the most with the default options. Those commands being back, forward and close. For example, let’s say I visit the What’s On My PC blog and click on a link to another site that takes me to another web page; then, let’s say I want to return back to the What’s On My PC blog. Instead of clicking the “back” button in my browser, I simply hold down the right mouse button and quickly drag the mouse to the left (or backward); as a result, I quickly return to the What’s On My PC blog. Vice versa, I can hold down the right mouse button and drag to the right (or forward) to go to the site I had originally visited. To close a tab, I hold down the right mouse button and draw an “L”.
As I continue to master mouse gesturing, I plan to learn many of the other commands that are available in FireGestures. This all may seem a little techie to most people, but if you are a Firefox browser user and spend a great deal of time on the internet; installing the FireGestures extension and learning to gesture with your mouse is like using your mouse as a magic wand. It will make your browsing experience all that more fast and efficient; plus, your friends will be impressed with the magic.
How good is FireGestures? It has been downloaded over 4 million times…
FireGestures is a Firefox extension which enables you to execute various commands with five types of gestures:
- Mouse Gestures (Move mouse with holding right-button)
- Wheel Gestures (Scroll wheel with holding right-button)
- Rocker Gestures (Left-click with holding right-button and vice versa)
- Keypress Gestures (Mouse gesture with holding Ctrl / Shift key)
- Tab Wheel Gestures (Scrolling wheel on the tab bar)