Browsing has been fine-tuned over the years. Gone are the days when IE was the one and only browser that you could use when you browsed internet. Now we have a lot of competitors in the browsing game — Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Safari etc. And to stay ahead in the competition, every browser is trying to deliver something unique to their users, something not offered by others. And Mozilla Firefox, with it’s extensive pool of plug-ins and add-ons has managed to stay ahead at many occasions.
Recently I came across few add-ons for Mozilla Firefox, which are really cool. Mouse Gestures are a quick way to execute commands with a mouse instead of using the keyboard, toolbars, or menus. The user simply has to hold down a mouse button (usually the right one), and move the mouse in a certain way to form a gesture, then releases the mouse button. Here are my top 5 Firefox mouse gesture plug-ins for our readers.
Firefox FireGestures is a customizable mouse gestures extension which enables you to execute various commands and user scripts with five types of gestures. And as a result. you can actually execute various commands and user scripts with five types of mouse gestures:
– Mouse Gestures (Move mouse with holding right-click)
– Wheel Gestures (Scroll wheel with holding right-click)
– Rocker Gestures (Left-click with holding right-click and vice versa)
– Keypress Gestures (Mouse gesture with holding Ctrl / Shift key)
– Tab Wheel Gestures (Scrolling wheel on the tab bar)
EasyGestures Firefox extension boosts the capabilities of your mouse, particularly as you surf, but configuration may be overwhelming. You can access EasyGestures’ tabbed GUI from the Tools menu of your browser. It’s easy to start the program; just click on the mouse’s scroll button to access the pop-up menu. The pie-shaped menu offers several functions in a centralized location, most of which are page and tab navigational controls to ease the pain of sliding your mouse pointer all over the screen. Quickly toggle back and forward, switch between tabs, instantly bookmark pages, and head to your home page without going to your toolbar. You’ll be able to look up word definitions, zoom in or out of Web sites, highlight searched terms in a Web page, and more. Set up EasyGestures to launch user-definable scripts, URLs, and applications. The program works great, but the multitude of features and customizations can overwhelm beginners until they get the hang of the program. It doesn’t include a help file either, only start-up tips
Firefox Drag de Go
Drag de Go allows you to execute several commands by the direction you drag and drop. Drag de Go identifies the Object you drag Selected Text, Link, Image, or Extension File, and you can set commands to each object. You drag Link and move mouse to the top and drop, then you can open Link in new Tab. Set ‘Open in new Tab’ command to ‘Up Gesture’ of Link object.
Firefox All-in-One Gestures
Firefox All-in-One Gestures is a very popular choice among Firefox users. This supports standard mouse gestures, rocker gestures, mouse wheel gestures, scroll wheel navigation and auto scrolling. It does not support defining gestures with diagonal mouse movements. Development seems to be ceased on this one for quite some time now. But, according to me it’s the simplest Firefox gesture app to surf the web.
Firefox Mouse Gestures
Mouse Gestures is probably another hugely popular Firefox extensions for gesture support. It is similar in many ways to All-in-One Gestures and this is no surprise because that extension inherits code from Mouse Gestures. However there are two key features here that are missing in the All-in-One Gestures. First is the permission of diagonal mouse movements when defining a mouse gesture and second is the assignment of a custom code snippet action to a newly defined mouse gesture. Second advantage is very important from an extensibility point of view as it will allow defining actions that are not already provided to assign to a mouse gesture.
Note: You may have to practice gestures a little bit before they work cleanly. If a task doesn’t execute, it’s usually because you didn’t let go of the mouse button before finishing the gesture. And check this article if you have been looking to easily save your webpage as an image (Screengrab) using Firefox!