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Control Google Chrome With Your Mouse With Smooth Gestures

Unlike Opera, Google Chrome does not support mouse gestures by default. This input method is probably not at the top of Google's priority. Chrome users who would like to add mouse gestures to their browser can do so by installing an extension like Smooth Gestures.

The extension adds default gestures to the browser that work right after installation. It also offers controls to create custom gestures.

A help page is displayed to the user after installation. This page display the available mouse gestures that ship with the extension.

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All mouse gestures work by holding down the right mouse button and moving the mouse to draw on the screen. Basic examples are drawing to the left or right to go back and forth in the tab's history, up for open a new tab or down and right to close the current tab.

Other available actions that are not linked to a gesture are also displayed on the same page. A click on the plus icon next to them opens an overlay where a gesture can be drawn and set.


It is furthermore possible to disable existing gestures with a click on the x icon next to the gesture's listing on that page.

Additional settings are available at the bottom of the page. Here it is possible to backup and reset all settings, change or disable the mouse button that enables the drawing or to hide settings or the extension's icon.

The configuration, especially the creation of new mouse gestures, is excellent and a straightforward process. The recognition rate of a user's mouse gestures is excellent as well.

Users may want to consider removing existing mouse gestures that they will never use, to further decrease the chance of executing an action that they do not want to execute. It also frees up some of the easier gestures for other actions.

Chrome users who would like to add mouse gesture support to their browser can install Smooth Gestures directly from the Chrome Web Store.

Update: The Smooth Gestures extension for the Google Chrome browser has been removed by its author from the Chrome Web Store. An alternative is Gestures for Chrome, which you can use instead.

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    1. Roman ShaRP said on July 24, 2011 at 3:13 pm

      Thanks, it helps. I got used to mouse gestures in Opera and FF, now forced to work with Chrome and missed them until this post.

    2. AnonCow said on July 24, 2011 at 7:37 pm

      Ah, mouse gestures, one of these features I couldn’t live without. I’ve started using them relatively early thanks to Opera, which you had to pay for at that point to get rid of the ads.

      There’s a couple of alternative mouse gesture extensions available from the “Chrome Web Store,” though Smooth Gestures is the most popular one, and deservedly so.

    3. Rajneesh Gadge said on July 25, 2011 at 2:10 pm

      I’m using this extension from some time back. Its in my favorite extensions but this doesn’t work on LINUX ditros.. :(

    4. Evgeniy said on September 21, 2014 at 6:17 pm

      I uninstalled Smooth Gestures since they made it paid and full of ads. I found a better alternative called crxMouse This extension is free, push no ads and more reliable then Smooth Gestures.

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