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Google Chrome Gestures Extension

Google has added extensions support to dev versions of the Google Chrome web browser (Google Browser). The feature is still not finalized and the only way to enable the extensions engine is to add a command line parameter so that it gets loaded during the start of the Internet browser.

Google has made available several official extensions but the majority of extensions that have been created so far have been developed by enthusiastic users.

Probably one of the most popular extensions right now is the Google Chrome Gestures extension which adds mouse gesture support to the web browser.

A userscript that is offering mouse gestures was available for some time and the extension developer has decided to create an extension for the Google browser that mimics the functionality.

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Users who want to install the extension need a development release of the Google browser and the command line parameter that enables the extension engine.


The easiest way to start the Google browser with extensions enabled is to add the parameter to the program shortcut. You simply need to add the above parameter (with a space between the ending " of the path) to the target field.

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All that it takes then is to start Google Chrome and visit the website of the extension to install it. A click on the extension will open a popup asking the user if the extension should be installed.

Support for the extension is available in the official support forum. The help file can be displayed by holding the right mouse button and moving the mouse Up -> Right -> Down -> Left -> Down.

Update: It is no longer necessary to run the enable extensions startup parameter, as Google has built extension support natively in all Chrome versions by now.

A lot of things have changed in the meantime. Google has opened the Chrome Web Store for example, which is the official place to download and install extensions to the browser. In fact, third party sources will be blocked completely in Chrome Stable and Beta in 2014, so that users of those browsers will have to use the Web Store to get extensions.

You can download the Smooth Gestures extension for Chrome from there directly. It adds support for several gestures that you can draw with the mouse on the screen to run commands in Chrome.

What those are? Here is an overview:

  • Go one page back in the history.
  • Go one page forward in history.
  • Reload the tab, or all tabs.
  • Undo close tab or close tab.
  • Duplicate tab.
  • Next or previous tab.
  • Stop loading.
  • Reload the tab bypassing the cache.
  • Open a new tab.
  • Open a link in a new tab.
  • Go to top or bottom.
  • View page source or cookies.
  • Search Google.
  • Zoom in or out of a page.
  • Bookmark the current page.
  • Open various Chrome pages such as history, extensions or the bookmarks manager.

This is just a small selection of gestures that you can use in Chrome after you have installed the mouse gestures extension for the browser.

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    1. IceArdor said on July 22, 2009 at 4:54 am

      If they want to appeal to the technical audience, which is the people who already use Opera and Firefox, they’re going to have to copy the mouse gestures. None of this “don’t sue us. we made up the mouse gestures on our own so no one would know how to use them” crap.

    2. Kyrax said on July 22, 2009 at 5:32 am

      Customizing the extension is extremely simple.

      These gestures are more of a demo than anything else ;)
      The users have the power to create any action and pretty much any gesture they want.

    3. Aravind said on August 19, 2009 at 1:19 am

      is there a way to change this mousegestures to my own gestures?

    4. eric said on February 9, 2010 at 3:37 am

      There might still be people who do not know this:

      clcik wrench, extensions, gestures (once installed) and then mess around with it all you want. Used to ones from other browsers? CHange it in a couple of seconds. Want your own awesome one, like (up up down down left right left right) opens [link removed, no longer valid]
      go ahead, mess around. This extension is nothing new, but still amazing.

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