3 Mouse Scrollwheel Tricks to Improve Your Web Browsing

Joel Lee 16-10-2015

There are a few mouse-related tricks that can make it so much easier to browse the web. Seriously, if you mostly browse the web on a computer, these tricks will change your life.


Opening Links In New Tabs

Directly clicking on links with your left mouse button is something you should rarely — if ever — do. Instead, click on links with your scrollwheel. This opens the target page in a new tab and you won’t lose the original page you were on.

Bonus Tip: You can also close tabs by clicking on them with your scrollwheel.

Navigating Back and Forward

If you hold down the Shift key and scroll down, you’ll go back a page. Hold down the Shift key and scroll up, you’ll go forward a page. Most modern browsers support this shortcut and it can be useful if your mouse is basic and doesn’t have dedicated “back” and “forward” buttons.

Don’t confuse this with the horizontal scrolling trick 3 Ways the Shift Key Will Change How You Browse the Web Here are three Shift-based browser shortcuts that will make your web-surfing much more convenient. Guaranteed. Read More .


Resize Website Font Sizes

The next time you’re on a site with text that’s too small or too big, try holding the Ctrl key and scrolling up. This increases font sizes in 10% increments. Similarly, holding Ctrl and scrolling down shrinks text in 10% increments.

Bonus Tip: Zooming with Ctrl + Scrollwheel is a universal shortcut in office suite software. For example, both Microsoft Word and LibreOffice Writer let you zoom in and out on documents with the same shortcut.

Got any tips of your own to share? Post them in the comments below!

Image Credit: Browsing With Mouse by Pressmaster via Shutterstock

Related topics: Computer Mouse Tips, Internet.

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  1. Anonymous
    October 16, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    Ctrl + scroll wheel can also be used to resize desktop icons in Win 10

    • Joel Lee
      October 16, 2015 at 2:56 pm

      Neat! Looks like it's more of a universal shortcut than I suspected. :) Thanks for sharing, Logan.

  2. Anonymous
    October 16, 2015 at 9:32 am

    Got a long distance to scroll? Just middle click once and move the mouse around, and page will scroll. I'm pretty sure this has a name, but I can't remember what it is.

    • Joel Lee
      October 16, 2015 at 2:56 pm

      That works too, thanks for sharing Slashee. One thing to note is that I think it only works on Windows.

      • Anonymous
        October 16, 2015 at 10:55 pm

        Works also in Firefox running on Linux.

        • Joel Lee
          October 17, 2015 at 2:17 am

          Really? I'm using Firefox on Ubuntu MATE right now and I can't get it working. Maybe I need to fiddle with some settings or something... In any case, if it does work on Linux, that's great!

        • Anonymous
          October 17, 2015 at 11:26 am

          I'm using PCLinuxOS with KDE

        • Joel Lee
          October 17, 2015 at 12:47 pm

          Might be a KDE thing then. Weird. I'll look into it, thanks!