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Launch Applications With The Mouse

Hot Corners is a relative small Open Source application for Windows operating systems. It was written in the Auto It language which means that some virus scanners detect it as a virus although it is not. The basic application of the software program is to launch functions, programs or services by moving the mouse around.

The software program provides two basic options. The first is to start services or applications by moving the mouse into one of the four corners of the computer monitor. Options like running a software program, locking the computer or handling windows. One action for every corner can be defined. It does work however best for the corners that are not occupied by the Taskbar especially if the taskbar is set to auto-hide.

The second option is to add the same set of functions to mouse movements. Only this time it can be activated by pressing the [Windows X] key while moving the mouse to the left, right, up or down.

hot corners

The software program uses about 5 Megabytes of computer memory when running.


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  1. roy said on November 17, 2008 at 8:08 pm

    hey martin thank you for this tip, it makes definitely easier to launch a couple of apps or close the window than any hotkey.. top notch

  2. djbouti said on November 18, 2008 at 11:15 am

    Another thoughtful attempt to make Windows behave more like Linux running Compiz-Fusion…

  3. Doc said on November 18, 2008 at 5:08 pm

    “…by moving the mouse into one of the four corners of the computer desk.”

    I can’t reach the top corners of my desk with the mouse. Can I move it across the Windows desktop instead? :)

  4. Martin said on November 18, 2008 at 5:28 pm

    Doc hehe, fixed it.

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