Use Click-free Browsing for Chrome if you are tired of clicking

Martin Brinkmann
Oct 31, 2012
Google Chrome, Google Chrome extensions

Unless you are using a touch-enabled device, you are likely using a mouse to work on your computer. When it comes to web browsing, the mouse is used for a number of things, from activating menus and forms to scrolling or clicking on links to be taken to another destination.

Click-free Browsing is an extension for the Google Chrome browser that aims to reduce the number of clicks that you have to make when browsing the Internet.  The extension adds two features to the browser that you can make use of to reduce the clicks you make during your browsing sessions:

  • Hover over links to open them automatically
  • Use on-screen buttons to scroll or navigate without clicking

Once you have installed the extension in Chrome you will notice a set of icons on the right border of the browser next to the scrollbar on pages that you open or reload after the installation completes.

click-free browsing

To load a link on a page in the same tab simply move the mouse cursor over the icon that appears next to it once you hover the link. Hold down the Ctrl-key if you want to open it in a new tab instead.

The icons next to the scrollbar serve a different purpose. You can use them to slowly or quickly scroll up or down the page by moving the mouse cursor on them. Here you also find back and forward buttons to navigate back or forward in history, and an x icon at the very top to close the tab and the page.

The extension preferences contain options to disable specific icons on the page, which can be useful to reduce the clutter that you may experience after installation. Here you also find options to change the appearance of icons including their opacity level, a http blacklist to block the extension from displaying its icons on sites configured here, a https whitelist to enable the extension on specific https sites, and the action delays menu which defines how link it will take before an action is executed by the extension.

The extension works fine on all http websites by default but not on https sites. You can use the whitelist to change that for select https sites to make available the functionality on those sites as well.

Click-free Browsing can be quite useful in situations where clicking is either not possible at all, for instance if you are disabled, or temporarily not the best option, for instance after a hand or trigger-finger injury.


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  1. broader perspective said on October 31, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    speed dial thumbs instead of bookmarks , “bother-free”
    chromification of Firefox & touchscreening Metro of Windows8 , are design to gradually debilitate users ,
    all of that are steps on the way to aim = chip in brains with obligatory 24/7/365 connection to future monopolist built of MS, FBIbook
    with others incorporated in some way.
    And be sure – Adblock ( and other privacy tools) will not exist there.
    Even worse – nobody will want it (because will not think independently= they will be thinkED …)
    Sheeple of today will be ants of tomorrow (remotedly controlled).
    Prooooomooootion ,only $x ,for newer,better version of slavery tool…..

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