Most Windows users use the mouse for activities in the operating system. The mouse is used to open and close programs, files and folders, to create new files or make selections or changes to the operating system. Some users speed up operations with keyboard shortcuts. Mouse gestures on the other hand are not used by many.
This could change with Gmote, a free portable software for Windows that adds mouse gesture support to the operating system. Gmote enables a set of gestures that can be drawn with the right mouse button on the desktop.
The program visualizes the gestures on the screen and will execute the configured action after the user has finished the drawing. It is possible to draw on open windows and programs as well making the mouse gesture software universally applicable.
Gestures can be configured in the application interface. All it takes is to click the Create gesture button, record the gesture on the right screen and select an action on the left. The program offers a lot of different actions from starting applications, opening websites or simulating keystrokes to Windows specific commands like maximizing windows, managing the media player and copy / paste operations.
Sets can be saved and loaded which could be interesting for multi-computer environments. The standard way of drawing gestures on the screen can be changed in the options. It is for instance possible to use the middle mouse button instead or a combination of keys and mouse.
It is also recommended to enable faster trails in the options to reduce the lag when drawing on the screen.
Programs can be excluded as well which can be used to prevent conflicts. Gmote is compatible with 32-bit and 64-bit editions of Windows. The program can be downloaded directly from the developer's website.
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