The Wheel on the Mouse Goes Round and Round

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Not only does the wheel on the mouse go round and round but it CLICKS down too! I really like having three buttons on my mouse. I use the third button all the time! Do you?

we don't need to re-invent the wheelMy favorite use of the middle button (i.e. clicking down on the wheel) is to open a link on a webpage in a new tab. What’s cool about having it open a new tab is that you can go to the article and then easily come back to the page that launched you there. Sure you could use the back button, but if you’re like me, one article takes you to another and another and you are several steps away from a single back step by the time you are done.

Two sites where I often am clicking away with my middle button are ActiveRain and Google. So you start your morning on the ActiveRain home page? How many of those featured articles do you read? I start at the home page and then “click, click, click, click, click” along with my middle button on the articles there to create a reading list. Now I can start reading the first article while the other pages are loading in the background and when I’m ready to switch, they are instantly ready having been already loaded for me (no waiting!)

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Google is the other place where my middle button gets used frequently. Your Google search turns up a long list of results. On a more difficult topic, which article is going to be the one you want? It’s going to take several click-throughs to find it. I click the page links with my middle button so I can easily get back to my search results list.

Just as a side note, as an alternative, you can Ctrl+Click a link (clicking with the regular left button on the mouse) to also open a link in a new tab (Macs Command+click).

Besides scrolling up or down a page with the mouse wheel, it can alse be used to zoom the magnification when looking at a web page or viewing a document in MS Word or Excel. Hold down the Ctrl key while you roll the wheel and it will zoom in and zoom out!

My other favorite use of holding down Ctrl and rolling is in a folder view. When you are looking at photos for instance you can use this technique to very dynamically size the icons to be bigger thumbnails and easier to see by using Ctrl when you roll the wheel.

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By the way, this thumbnail wheel feature is available only in Windows Vista and newer (Win7/Win8). XP users have one thumbnail size and that’s it. I really like the interface updates in the newer versions of windows and the small things like this are very important to me (for you windows XP holdouts, it is really time to get that new computer now!! :)

Now get out there and start using that multipurpose wheel!

originally posted at Craig's Classroom Tech Blog

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Rainmaker
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Travis "the SOLD man" Parker; Associate Broker
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That's the same way I get to my "daily fix" of AR - click middle and line'em up!

Aug 22, 2013 01:32 AM #46
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Beth and Richard Witt
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I love this Craig... thank you so much for sharing it with us... Awesome!!!!

Aug 22, 2013 01:55 AM #47
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John DL Arendsen
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I thought I'd never get over my mouse. But then along came a MACPRO and voila.................bye bye Mousey. I'm forever long on AAPL. LOL!!

Aug 22, 2013 02:01 AM #48
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Helen and Larry Prier- Re-Max Gateway - Residential Real Estate
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craig, Who knew what you could do with that lovely wheel. I use it to scroll but now have to try all of the other tips you gave us. Thanks

Aug 22, 2013 02:02 AM #49
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Marte Cliff
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Wow! Thank you. I had no idea that wheel could do all those things. 

Aug 22, 2013 02:20 AM #50
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Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
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I am going to try and remember this.  I may just click the center wheel on occasion to see what happens.

Aug 22, 2013 02:21 AM #51
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Edward & Celia Maddox
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Nice blog.  Thanks for the tips and will try and remember them in future.

Aug 22, 2013 02:23 AM #52
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Bob Miller
Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty - Ocala, FL
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Hi Craig, we are keyboard shortcut users.  Almost hate to have to leave the keboard to move to the mouse - too slow.  lol

Aug 22, 2013 02:36 AM #53
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Raymond Denton
Homesmart / Evergreen Realty - Irvine, CA
Shady Canyon Specialist

I just tried using the control key and middle wheel to zoom in and out - it's way better then using the plus and minus keys, to do the same thing.  Thanks, Craig.

Aug 22, 2013 04:07 AM #54
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Brenda Swigert
Keller Williams Seven Hills Realty - West Chester, OH
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Good info to share!! Thank you.
Aug 22, 2013 07:35 AM #55
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Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
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Thanks for the tips, I learned more about using the mouse and I thought I had that mouse all figured out. 

Aug 22, 2013 10:14 AM #56
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Sharon & Bruce Walter
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Always great information, Craig-that is why we subscribe to your blog!

Aug 23, 2013 08:45 AM #57
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Helen and Larry Prier- Re-Max Gateway - Residential Real Estate
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Craig, Just to let you know I featured you in "My favorites" for last week. Here is the link

http://activerain.com/blogsview/3816224/my-favorite-blog-posts-for-last-week-august-19th-to-25th

Aug 26, 2013 11:35 AM #58
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Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

Thanks for these tips.  I love learning something new each day!

Aug 27, 2013 02:52 AM #59
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Gary Frimann, CRS, GRI
Eagle Ridge Realty / Signature Homes & Estates - Gilroy, CA
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Craig, you always have the greatest posts.  I always learn something new.  Thanks.

Aug 27, 2013 02:58 PM #60
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Barry Kessler
CENTURY 21 Troop Real Estate - Simi Valley, CA
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Craig,

Brilliant!!! I really can use this right away. 

Maybe I can stave off hand problems.

Aug 28, 2013 06:39 AM #61
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Des & Spiro Kouridakis
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This is awesome!  Thanks Craig!  Can't wait to share this with my husband.  It's funny the little things that excite me sometimes lol

Oct 21, 2013 02:08 PM #62
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Renae Bolton
Marketing 4 Realtors - Garfield Heights, OH
I'm your Professional Real Estate Marketing VA!

Your mouse does things I don't think mine can do! You must have a super mouse, Craig! When I click on the middle button, all mine does is allow me to scroll the page. These tips sound really cool so I guess I need to update my mouse, huh

~Emcee

Oct 31, 2013 07:29 AM #63
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Lisa Friedman
Great American Dream Realty - Essex, VT
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I like the idea of loading all of those pages at once.That seems like a real time saver.

Feb 24, 2014 05:01 PM #64
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Lisa Friedman
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I remember the old days when I resisted using a mouse because I preferred the arrow keys. 

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