MouseControl, Do More With The Mouse In Firefox

Martin Brinkmann
Nov 16, 2010
Updated • Feb 28, 2015
Firefox, Firefox add-ons

Most Internet users use the mouse and computer keyboard when they are working with their web browser.

There may be some die hard users who do not use the mouse at all, and some that use the mouse almost exclusively in the browser.

The mouse is for instance used by most users to switch between tabs and to reopen or close tabs. For that users have to move the mouse cursor to the tabbar.

MouseControl is an add-on for the Firefox browser that simplifies several common tab-related operations in the browser. Simplify in this case means that it adds functions to the mouse directly to reduce the operation to a bare minimum.

It is for instance possible to switch tabs by simply holding down the right mouse button and using the scroll wheel to go back and forward in the tabbar.

The add-on adds the following capabilities to the Firefox browser:

  • Scroll through the tabbar. To do this hold down the right mouse button and use the scroll wheel on the mouse. A left-click brings you back to the initial tab.
  • Holding down the right mouse button without scrolling will jump to the last used tab
  • A click on the scroll button while holding down the right mouse button closes the active tab.
  • Holding down the right mouse button and pressing down the scroll wheel button for a bit will open the last closed tab again.

Especially the option to switch tabs by simply holding down the right mouse button while using the scroll wheel offers a comfortable option for Firefox users. It is definitely faster than having to move the mouse up to the tabbar before left-clicking on the tab that needs to be activated.

MouseControl is available at the Mozilla Firefox add-on repository. The extension is compatible with all recent Firefox versions.

The author of the extension has added features to new versions of the extension. It is for instance possible now to define the double-click speed and hold delay time in milliseconds or define where new tabs are created in Firefox.

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  1. MartinDK said on November 18, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    Not sure how this would work in conjunction with most mouse gesture add-ons which I believe also use the right button.

  2. Karl H. said on November 18, 2010 at 1:44 am

    I recommend Mouseless Browsing.

    Give it a try :)

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