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where's my middle mouse button option?

 2:06 pm on Jul 17, 2003 (gmt 0)

So I caved in today, and decided that I'd give Opera 7.11 a whirl. Its nice and fast, if slightly cumbersome in its default form. But I'm used to being able to middle click a link and have it open a new background tab in Firebird, its a second nature. Right clicking and pushing up or down is not, it is at best an accidental motion, and at worst, completely useless. Go gestures!

Is there any way I can actually set the middle button up to open a new tab in the background? The documentation is woefully lacklustre in this respect. If I can't, I'm so going back to firebird.

Even firebird feels more aimed at joe-schmoe consumers, at the moment.



 5:00 pm on Jul 17, 2003 (gmt 0)

Try shift + middleclick.

Don't have access to my machine with 7.11 on it right now, but if memory serves, you can configure the middle mouse button that way.


 5:03 pm on Jul 17, 2003 (gmt 0)

shift-click = new window
shift-control-click = new window in back ground.

you can also use alt.

btw: 32 pages open right now. opera rocks, but it's too fast for most people ;)


 6:34 pm on Jul 17, 2003 (gmt 0)

Unfortunately, I'd already read that much in the documentation, but I don't want to use two hands to open a link in a new window, thats totally inefficient - especially with multiple pages with multiple links to follow. Thats almost like tabbing through links instead of using a mouse, really.

Cheers anyway, I guess I'll just stick with Firebird, because its nice, and it does what I want. Still, it seems a missed opportunity for Opera really, given all middlemouse actually does is centre the stupid autoscroll thing. Tsch.


 5:57 pm on Jul 20, 2003 (gmt 0)

Well, the middle mouse simply doesn't work for people on windows - it is incompat with too many mice.

Just redefine you middle mouse button to a shift+click.

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