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#228 Using Middle Click on a Mouse

April 22, 2014

Did you know that the scrolling wheel on your mouse is also a button?  Here are some things you can do with the middle click button:

In Windows

  • Open a new instance of an app: Middle click on an icon in the taskbar (for example, clicking on the Firefox icon will open a new window).
  • Close a program: Hover on an icon of an open program in the taskbar and middle click on the thumbnail that appears.

In a Web Browser

  • Open a link in a new tab: Middle click on any hyperlink to open it in a new tab.
  • Close a tab: Middle click on a tab at the top to close that tab.
  • Open all bookmarks in a bookmark folder: Middle click on a folder of bookmarks to open all bookmarks in new tabs.

Don’t have a middle click button? Most laptops will simulate a middle click when both left and right click buttons are pressed simultaneously.

For more information, please see this article or email itshelp@law.upenn.edu.

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