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Using the mouse

Press Page Down and Page Up to switch slides

The mouse can be used for a lot more than just clicking links, including powerful mouse gestures and flexible drag-and-drop operations.

Note: Many of the mouse actions described below may be more practical with the use of a two-button mouse. This allows the user to right-click instead of having to hold down the Ctrl key while clicking on a single-button mouse. In cases where a two-button mouse is required, right and left clicks will be specified.

Basic mouse usage

Single-click to activate buttons, follow links on webpages, open items in panels, and so forth.

Press while clicking to open a link or bookmark in a new tab. If you also press Shift, the new tab will open in the background instead of popping up on top of your current tab.

Most of Opera's browser elements as well as webpage elements have their own context menus containing multiple options. To display the context menu, hold Ctrl and click.

Context menu activation

The context menu for selected text can be accessed by clicking repeatedly on the word or expression you want to select.

The menu contains options like dictionary and encyclopedia searches. If a web address (URL) is not marked up as a link, double-click it and select "Go to URL" from the context menu.

The context menu is also available when you Ctrl-click any selected text.

Mouse gestures

Mouse gestures exist for most frequently performed operations. They can be enabled or disabled via Opera > Preferences > Advanced > Shortcuts, by checking/unchecking the box labeled "Enable mouse gestures".

Example: Pressing on your keyboard while rolling the wheel on your mouse activates zooming.

When mouse gestures are enabled, a visual guide displays when you hold the right mouse button down and move the mouse. This visual interface shows the available gestures. When you complete an action, a notification briefly shows what action you performed. When you perform gestures quickly, the interface will not display.

Navigation gestures

Action How to do it
Go to previous page
  • Flip back: hold right button, click left button
  • Hold Ctrl button, drag mouse left
Go to next page
  • Flip forward: hold left button, click right button
  • Hold Ctrl button, drag mouse right
Go to parent directory Hold Ctrl button, drag up then left
Fast Forward
  • Hold Ctrl button, drag right then up
  • Hold Ctrl button, drag left then down
Reload page Hold Ctrl button, drag up then down
Stop loading Hold Ctrl button, drag up

Page gestures

Action How to do it
Browse in new tab
  • hold Ctrl button, drag down
  • double-click in a workspace or on the tab bar
Clone tab (open a copy in a background tab) Hold Ctrl button, drag down then up
Close tab
  • hold Ctrl button, drag down then right

Link gestures

Action How to do it
Open link in new tab Move mouse pointer to link and hold Ctrl button, drag down
Open link in new background tab Move mouse pointer to link and hold Ctrl button, drag down then up

Wheel gestures

Action How to do it
Scroll up and down Roll mouse wheel up and down
Zoom in and out Hold Option key, roll mouse wheel
Move back and forth in tab history Hold Shift key, roll mouse wheel

Drag and drop

Dragging and dropping items can speed up your browsing and facilitate customization of the browser.

"Pick up" the desired item by clicking on it and holding the mouse button, then moving it to the desired location and dropping it. To drag and drop links, make sure to drag them directly up or down at first to initiate dragging.

Items you can drag

Dragged items can be dropped on toolbars and panels, and they can also be dragged to your computer desktop. Examples of uses:

The best way to learn more about dragging and dropping is to play around and discover all the possibilities.