A mouse gesture is an alternative input method that uses the mouse, sometimes in combination with the keyboard, to send commands to the operating system. Windows itself does not support mouse gestures out of the box. Most users come into contact with mouse gestures either when a program like Opera support them, or when they install a mouse recognition software that adds application specific or global mouse gestures to the operating system.
StrokesPlus is a lightweight mouse recognition software for Windows that is offering an incredible amount of options. the portable software minimizes itself automatically on program start.
A right-click on the system tray icon displays some of the most important program options. This includes enabling or disabling mouse gestures, running a test mode to draw gestures on the screen without executing the command, changing the button that initiates the command, and links to program preferences, configured actions and the program's ignore list.
The actions window displays a list of twenty or so actions that ship with the program. Actions range from opening Notepad or the Task Manager to decreasing the sound volume or minimizing a window.
Each action consists of the initial action button, the gesture itself and optional mouse or keyboard modifiers. New actions can be created globally or for a specific application. The software uses Lua scripts to run commands. A good starting point are existing actions which demonstrate for instance how programs are opened or keys send.
The project forum offers additional information, the program itself unfortunately not.
The ignore list prevents commands from being run when specific windows are active. This can be used to block incompatible programs or situations where gestures interfere with program functionality.
StrokesPlus uses a small amount of RAM while it is running on the system. Windows users who'd like a flexible lightweight mouse recognition software should give it a try. The latest version of the program, compatible with 32-bit and 64-bit editions of the operating system can be downloaded from the official program website.
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