Control Your Windows Desktop With Mouse Gestures

In Opera browser, there is this inbuilt mouse gestures function that allows you to control and automate your browser with mouse action. In Firefox, you can also install FireGestures to enable the mouse action feature. Now, how about bringing this little useful features to your Windows so you can control your desktop with a stroke of the mouse?

Mazzick is a nifty little mouse gesture applications that requires no installation. It is truly portable in that you can carry it in your flash drive and use it on any Windows-based computer.

mazzick mouse gestures

Mazzick comes preinstalled with a list of gestures that you can use instantly. To activate the mouse action, you can either press the SHIFT button together with the mouse movement or move the mouse with the middle button (or the scroll wheel) pressed down.

mazzick define new gesture

You can easily create a new gesture by drawing on the testing board and enter the actions to be performed. One thing that I like is that you can define a series of keyboard shortcuts with a specific mouse gesture. For example, you are playing music with Realplayer and you want to pause the music while picking up the call, you can define a mouse gesture and enter

"<open="realplay.exe" sleep=500><Ctrl+P sleep=200><Alt+Space sleep=100><Down sleep=50><Down sleep=50><Down sleep=100><Enter>"

in the parameter. What this string of command does is to Open Realplayer -> Pause/Play -> Minimize Realplayer. Isn’t this cool?

Mazzick

StrokeIt has been around for quite some time and is quite popular with many Windows users. Weighing at 105kb, it is also the smallest mouse gesture application around.

strokeit Preferences window

To run mouse gestures, you just need to press (and hold) the right button of the mouse and move it around. While there is a pre-defined list of gestures that you can use, it can cleverly detect any unknown gesture and prompt you if you want to save as a new gesture/action.

The last active development for StrokeIt ends in 2005, so it is no surprise that most of the pre-defined gestures are for applications that no longer exist today. A good thing is, you are not restrict to these gestures and can change/remove the existing list to free up the space for new gestures.

Adding new gestures in StrokeIt doesn’t require you to draw on the drawing board. All the actions are available as a dropdown selection box. You will have to make several selections before the new gesture is ready for action. While there is nothing wrong with this way of adding new gestures, it is definitely not the most efficient way.

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StrokeIt

gmote screenshot

gMote is another great mouse gesture app that doesn’t require any installation. It is highly configurable and allows you to personalize the settings to your preferences. You can change the ways to activate the mouse actions, change the trail colors, enable timeout and set exclude programs (such as Firefox, Opera to avoid mouse gesture duplication).

gmote preferences window

Unlike other apps, gMote doesn’t come with a long list of pre-defined gestures. In fact, it has a big testing screen to encourages you to create your own gestures (by pressing the Create Gesture button) and choose from a list of actions that you want the gesture to perform. I like this feature very much as I prefer to create my own mouse gestures for my favorite applications rather than learning from the existing list of gestures.

gMote

Which mouse gestures application do you use?