Anyone who is spending a considerable amount of time on the web will probably agree that mastering keyboard shortcuts can make a person a lot more productive. The same can be said about the mouse. The more you master it the better it gets. So here are some cool tools and tips to add to your mouse scroll button.
(1) Windows Desktop Applications for Scroll Button
Volumouse – Cool windows program that you should definitely give a try. Volumouse allows you to control the sound volume by using your mouse wheel without changing any existing mouse functionalities. You can define a set of events when the wheel will be used for changing the volume, for instance when the Alt key is hold down or when the cursor is over the taskbar, etc. Pretty cool. Another good alternative is iVol.
True X-Mouse – Handy little program that makes copy’n paste extremely easy. Once installed, you will be able to highlight text and paste it into any text field with a single middle button click. Very useful. The only drawback is that it tends to interfere with some default scroll buttons functionalities. Nonetheless, if you don’t use a scroll wheel for anything other than scrolling it should come in quite handy. Plus it can be easily turned off if necessary. Again, Windows only.
(2) Firefox Addons
Tab Wheel Scroll / – Both of these Firefox extensions do only one thing: provide tab switching using the mouse scroll wheel. Use your mouse wheel to navigate between tabs. This reminds me of another article we published earlier. If you frequently find yourself overloaded with tabs, check our favorite Firefox extensions for working with tabs.
Image Zoom – This handy addon lets you right click on any image and then use the scroll wheel to resize it to the size you want. Quite handy if you want to enlarge smaller pics or to make larger pics fit your screen.
Mouse Scroll Button Shortcuts
Open a New Tab: This one is a major time saver for me. Whenever you want to open a link in a new tab just click on the link with the scroll button. The link will be opened in new tab window. Works both with Firefox and IE 7.
Close Tab: Click on any tab using your scroll bar and it will be closed. Quite handy when you work with lots of open tabs.
Change Font Size: Press the Control (Ctrl) button and use scroll the mouse wheel to increase/decrease font size.
Page Back / Forward: Press the Shift button and scroll mouse wheel back/forward to go the previous/next page.
Navigation: Click on the scroll button and you will enter a navigation mode where you can navigate through the page or document by simply moving your mouse.
Firefox about:config hacks
To access about:config settings, simply open your browser and type about:config in to the address bar.
- Change middlemouse.paste from false to true: This enables you to paste a clipboard content to any text field with the middle mouse button.
Change middlemouse.scrollbarPosition from false to true: The next time you click on a scrollbar location using the scroll button, Firefox will center the screen to that position.
Change mousewheel.withaltkey.action to 1: This tweak lets you scroll documents by one page while pressing the Alt button.
Are you aware of any other useful programs or tips to make use of mouse scroll wheel ? Let us know in comments.