I use keyboard shortcuts whenever possible in Firefox, Windows, and other programs as it is usually faster than clicking on buttons in the interface or using menus that are provided by the applications.
So, instead of clicking on the new tab button or using the menu for that, I press Ctrl-t as it is faster. I do use keyboard and mouse shortcuts as well, for instance Ctrl and the mouse wheel to zoom in and out instead of Ctrl+ or Ctrl-.
EdgeWise is a browser extension for the Firefox web browser that adds mouse-only shortcuts to the browser. What's meant by that is that you can run browser actions such as zooming, scrolling or navigating using the mouse exclusively.
The add-on ships with a set of profiles that you can switch between in the program options. This includes one for two button mice and three additional ones that make use of three buttons and a mouse wheel.
Here you can also customize the actions that you want the add-on to make available on singl-, double and serial mouse clicks.
The default Zoom and Settings template for instance provides you with a total of ten different actions that you control with the mouse: browse backward and forward, close current tab, switch to next and previous tab, zoom in, page scroll to top or down, new tab and focus, and extension settings.
Actions can be executed whenever the mouse cursor is moved to the left edge of the screen as indicated by the mouse cursor. A single-click loads the last page that was open in the tab for instance while a double-click will zoom in on the page.
The right sidebar of the options page lists all possible actions the extension makes available. To replace existing actions simply drag and drop new ones to one of the available positions.
Here is the full list of available actions:
It is last but not least possible to change the double-click delay used as an indicator by the extension to find out if the mouse was clicked twice or not.
So who is this for?
If you like to use the mouse or need to use it, then you may find EdgeWise useful even though it may take some time before you get used to moving the mouse into the area on the left side of the browser window to execute these actions. An option to change the width of that area would be useful as it can be quite difficult to hit.
While you can add many of the actions as buttons to one of Firefox's toolbars, what EdgeWise does is add the same functionality to the left side of the browser window so that you may not have to mouse the mouse as much.
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