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Mouse gestures

Opera's amazing mouse gestures lets you do frequently performed browse operations with small, quick mouse movements. Some operations can be done with several different gestures. Try them out and see which one you like better.

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.

Turn mouse gestures on or off

Mouse gestures can be enabled or disabled via Opera > Preferences > Advanced > Shortcuts, by checking/unchecking the box labeled "Enable mouse gestures". In this setting, you can also:

These gestures help you to navigate faster.

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

Tab gestures

  1. Click and hold right mouse button
  2. Move the mouse in the indicated directions below
  3. Release the right mouse button
Action How to do it Image
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, or move right-left-right

Link gestures

  1. Point your mouse to a link
  2. Click and hold right mouse button
  3. Move the mouse in the indicated directions below
  4. Release the right mouse button
Action How to do it Image
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 Image
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
Pan the webpage Click wheel then move mouse

Related topics

  1. Using the mouse
  2. Preferences