Monday, July 26, 2010

Do More With Your Middle Mouse Button


Supercharge your Mighty Middle One !!

Take a close look at your mouse. Chances are good that it has at least three buttons: left, right, and middle. (Note: Your middle button might be your scroll wheel, which on most mice is clickable.) I thought I'd home in on the middle button. Oh Yeah!!33746601-2-440-OVR-1

Why would I want to do that? Well, I just took an informal poll of about ten people (of course my friends and other friends), and guess how many of them actually use that middle button? A grand total of one. One! People, people, people...


Close Browser Tab Quickly

First up: browser tabs. I routinely have 10-15 tabs open in my browser at any given time. If I want to close a tab, I have to click it, then click the little X that appears on the tab. That's one more click than I prefer, and it brings into focus a tab I'm planning to close.  Confused smile Crazy, right?

If you middle-click any tab in Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox or Microsoft IE, boom, it's gone. No need to make it visible first; no need to reach for the X. Just middle-click, boom Ninja.


Open Links In New Tab

When you middle-click a link in Google Chrome, Firefox, or Internet Explorer (not sure about Opera, wait let me check….. ya opera too), that link opens immediately in a new tab.

Incidentally, you can accomplish the same thing by holding down the Ctrl key and left-clicking a link. But why bother with that when you can just as easily click the middle mouse button?


Open All Your Often-Used Sites

Let's say that you use Chrome or IE and you've organized a handful of favorite sites--you know, the ones you visit daily--into a folder. (Smart move)

Here's an even smarter one: You can instantly open every link in a folder, each in its own tab, by middle-clicking that folder. (Go On Try it… wait now don’t say that you don’t know “How To Create a New Folder in your Bookmarks Barwell here’s one for Google Chrome).

This works regardless of where the folder is located: your bookmarks toolbar, your navigation toolbar, even a pull-down menu. One middle-click of a folder and presto: every link therein opens in a new tab.


Scroll In Your Docs

Have you ever wondered what happens when you click and hold the middle mouse button? Glad you asked. This action activates a handy page-scrolling option in applications like Microsoft Word and Excel, Adobe Reader, Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer too.

In other words, when you click and hold the middle mouse button, you can then drag your mouse forward or back to scroll up or down the page, respectively. This feature is intended for folks who don't have a scroll wheel, but it works just as well with scroll wheels--and I know many people who prefer the speed of middle-click scrolling to the slow, steady pace of wheel scrolling.



Customize Your Scroll Speed

After the mouse itself, the mouse wheel is the single greatest navigation tool ever invented. Mine is spinning constantly, especially in Chrome, where I use it to zip up and down Web pages.

By default, however, one "turn" of the mouse wheel scrolls only a few lines at a time--and I want to move faster. Fortunately, there's a fairly easy way to adjust Windows OS scroll speed. Even better, there's a keyboard shortcut that can slow it down again for "precision" scrolling.

Here's how to change the default scroll speed:

  1. Go to Start Menu, then Click Run.
  2. In the Run Window type main.cpl and hit enter.
  3. The Mouse Properties Window will appear.


4.   Here in the Wheel Tab, you can change the Scroll Speed under Vertical and Horizontal  Section.

5.    After that just Hit enter and you are Done.

Fin :)

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