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Old 06-18-2004, 08:38 PM   #1
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Firefox and Mouse Gestures

Sorry for two posts right next to each other, but they're both about something completely different so I thought they needed different threads.

I've been using Mozilla Firefox, and I've installed Mouse Gestures which, along with all that functionality, let me use the middle mouse button on my T41 laptop to scroll web pages just as it does under Windows. It all works great except for one part that's confusing me. Before, when I held down the middle button, moved the mouse down just a little bit, and hit the middle button again, I was redirected to my home page. I tried turning off Mouse Gestures and it still did the same thing, so now it seems like it's possibly something in Firefox itself. Now, when I press and release the button, move the mouse, and press and release it again, I either get redirected to my home page or I get an error saying the page cannot be found. What is doing this? Is it something in my gestures extention or some middle-mouse command in firefox itself?

Old 06-20-2004, 11:03 AM   #2
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If you have the Use autoscrolling option enabled, the middle button acts as is does in many Windows apps. If it's not enabled, the middle button is used for a Web search for what ever piece of text you have selected last. This is the default behaviour of Firefox.

A normal copy-paste operation in X Window System is the following: you drag the mouse cursor over some text with the left button pressed, open another program and click the middle button. That pastes the text.

I was relieved when Firefox introduced autoscrolling because I kept accidentally pressing my mouse wheel while scrolling web pages. Still I sometimes trigger the search because of the behaviour you described. If I want to end the autoscrolling, I have to remember to press the left mouse button instead of the middle one. I haven't yet tried the newest version to see is this has changed. There might be hidden options to control all this; the right place to ask is MozillaZine Forums.

Old 06-20-2004, 02:44 PM   #3
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Ok, now I understand why I'm randomly being taken to Google. I was getting pretty confused why that was happening. I guess I need to figure out how to turn that functionality off, and I'll head over to the Mozilla forums now. Thanks!
Old 06-21-2004, 03:14 AM   #4
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In the location bar, type 'about:config' and hit 'enter'. Then scroll down to 'middlemouse.contentLoadURL' and right-click to Modify it. Change the value to 'false'.

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Old 06-21-2004, 02:05 PM   #5
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