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. Now, how about bringing this little useful features to your Windows so you can control your desktop with a stroke of the mouse?

1. Mazzick

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">"</alt+space></ctrl+p></open="realplay.exe">

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

2. StrokeIt

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.



Which mouse gestures application do you use?


Damien Oh started writing tech articles since 2007 and has over 10 years of experience in the tech industry. He is proficient in Windows, Linux, Mac, Android and iOS, and worked as a part time WordPress Developer. He is currently the owner and Editor-in-Chief of Make Tech Easier.

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